Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Gamer, The Citizen: The Technological Shift of Socio-Economic Interests in China
by Vassallo, Francisco Restituyo, M.A., The American University of Paris (France), 2016, 62; 10305866
Abstract (Summary)

Facing an encroaching government control, an increasingly criminalized speech, and yet an increasingly open market, this paper aims to study a single online community in the Chinese cyberspace, that of the video game World of Warcraft. What we find is a thriving world and community, that has remained "free" of major censorship efforts within the actual game, despite censorship and government control permeating the game’s website. Further we found a place of dialogue and contention, where politics take central stage in humorous exchanges in the public channels, serious reporting of news and discussion among the more private channels coordinated by "guilds" (large private groups of players.)

Keywords: Online Activism, China, Censorship, The Great Firewall, World of Warcraft.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Perry, Susan
Commitee:
School: The American University of Paris (France)
School Location: France
Source: MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: International Relations
Keywords: Censorship, China, Online activism, The Great Firewall, World of Warcraft
Publication Number: 10305866
ISBN: 978-1-369-49430-3
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