07 Aug LRP #12 – Cooking the News: Xi’s Digital Future
The Chairman of Everything is tightening his grip over the media, pushing control into new spheres ahead of the Nineteenth Party Congress. As the state-run media—traditionally the tongue and throat of the Party—moves onto digital platforms, innovations in control include a welter of new regulations and theoretical concepts like the idea of cyber-sovereignty. Louisa and Graeme are joined by David Bandurski and Qian Gang of the China Media Project to discuss innovations in news production and control in China. Also the question of Xi: he is no longer Xi Dada, but will President Xi be defined by a Theory, a Thought, or an Ism?