Civic Voices, Empowerment and Media Literacy in the Digital Era
Edited By Moses Shumow
Chapter 7 – China: Media Activism in Online Health Communication
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CHINA: MEDIA ACTIVISM IN ONLINE HEALTH COMMUNICATION
ALTHOUGH INTERNET technology appeared in China relatively late compared to Western countries, it grew rapidly during the first decade of the 21st century (Tai, 2011). With more than 221 million bloggers in 2009 (Qiang, 2011), over 155 million active users of social networks in 2011 (Statista, 2011), 591 million Internet users in June 2013 and 464 million mobile phone users (China Internet Network Information Center, 2013), China has the largest number of Internet and mobile technology users in the world.
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