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Title: Official and popular discourses : Taiwan's opposition leaders' visits to mainland China
Other Titles: Guan fang yu da zhong hua yu : Taiwan fan dui pai ling dao ren fang wen Zhongguo da lu
官方與大眾話語 : 臺灣反對派領導人訪問中國大陸
Authors: Shi, Lin (石琳)
Department: Dept. of English and Communication
Degree: Master of Philosophy
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: City University of Hong Kong
Subjects: Discourse analysis -- Political aspects -- China
Mass media and language -- China
Notes: CityU Call Number: P302.77.S54 2006
Includes bibliographical references (leaves 128-151)
Thesis (M.Phil.)--City University of Hong Kong, 2006
iv, 157 leaves ; 30 cm.
Type: Thesis
Abstract: The study looks through the lens of a special event, i.e., Taiwan’s top opposition political leaders’ visits to the mainland China, to examine how official media coverage of the government performance affects political trust among the populace. It is argued that this critical case powerfully presented a dramatic moment of meaning construction by official media to prop up nationalistic sentiments. The study dissects the media-constructed political spectacle as well as the means by which official ideology defines reality, creates events, and gives dramaturgical presentations. In parallel, the complex and multi-layered “non-official” Internet discourses on the event enters the spotlight. Through qualitative content analysis, this paper demonstrates how a political event once accepted by the popular discourse as inevitable and part of a traditional and cultural commitment, and gradually teems with cynicism, eventually apathy and indifference, which is an intended method generated by the populace to discredit the media to reduce psychological tension. As a supplement, small-scale interviews were conducted to understand the characteristics and mechanism of concrete variations. To summarize, the major finding is that China’s political propaganda has negative effects on people’s attitudes even toward the issue on which they once had ideological consensus with the government.
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