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Censored - Distraction and Diversion Inside China's Great Firewall (Hardcover): Margaret E. Roberts

Censored - Distraction and Diversion Inside China's Great Firewall (Hardcover)

Margaret E. Roberts

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A groundbreaking and surprising look at contemporary censorship in China As authoritarian governments around the world develop sophisticated technologies for controlling information, many observers have predicted that these controls would be ineffective because they are easily thwarted and evaded by savvy Internet users. In Censored, Margaret Roberts demonstrates that even censorship that is easy to circumvent can still be enormously effective. Taking advantage of digital data harvested from the Chinese Internet and leaks from China's Propaganda Department, this important book sheds light on how and when censorship influences the Chinese public. Roberts finds that much of censorship in China works not by making information impossible to access but by requiring those seeking information to spend extra time and money for access. By inconveniencing users, censorship diverts the attention of citizens and powerfully shapes the spread of information. When Internet users notice blatant censorship, they are willing to compensate for better access. But subtler censorship, such as burying search results or introducing distracting information on the web, is more effective because users are less aware of it. Roberts challenges the conventional wisdom that online censorship is undermined when it is incomplete and shows instead how censorship's porous nature is used strategically to divide the public. Drawing parallels between censorship in China and the way information is manipulated in the United States and other democracies, Roberts reveals how Internet users are susceptible to control even in the most open societies. Demonstrating how censorship travels across countries and technologies, Censored gives an unprecedented view of how governments encroach on the media consumption of citizens.

General

Imprint: Princeton University Press
Country of origin: United States
Release date: April 2018
First published: 2018
Authors: Margaret E. Roberts
Dimensions: 270 x 244 x 24mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover - Trade binding
Pages: 271
ISBN-13: 978-0-691-17886-8
Categories: Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Political structure & processes > Democracy
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Central government > Central government policies
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Political control & freedoms > General
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Social issues > Ethical issues & debates > Censorship
LSN: 0-691-17886-0
Barcode: 9780691178868

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