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Title: Discursive contestation in China's marketized media : coverage of the torch relay incident in Beijing Olympics
Other Titles: Zhongguo shi chang hua mei ti zhong de hua yu jing zheng : Beijing Ao yun huo ju chuan di bao dao ge an yan jiu
中國市場化媒體中的話語競爭 : 北京奧運火炬傳遞報導個案研究
Authors: Zhang, Wei ( 張薇)
Department: Department of Media and Communication
Degree: Master of Philosophy
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: City University of Hong Kong
Subjects: Mass media and sports -- China.
Mass media policy -- China.
Notes: CityU Call Number: GV721.92 .Z45 2010
iv, 106 leaves : ill. 30 cm.
Thesis (M.Phil.)--City University of Hong Kong, 2010.
Includes bibliographical references (leaves 98-102)
Type: thesis
Abstract: After three decades of economic reform, mass media in China have had to meet the challenges of political pressure and fierce market competition. These challenges have produced ideological contestation between media discourses. This study focuses on the coverage of the torch relay incidents prior to the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008 by the Global Times and the Southern Metropolis Daily, both of which set the boundary of official tolerance over media discourse on issues of political controversy. The Global Times, a subsidiary of the People’s Daily that reflects the Chinese government’s foreign policy, constructed the torch relay as a showcase of the prowess and achievements of the party-state so as to justify the legitimacy of the regime as well as to arouse nationalistic emotions against foreign criticism. It seeks to commodify official ideology as profitable information goods through sensationalized discursive strategies. On the other hand, the Southern Metropolis Daily, which is widely regarded as the most liberal and outspoken newspaper in China, framed the same event as an opportunity to reflect on how China can be a member of the international community. It adopts the professional convention of balance reporting to champion the universal values as embraced by the Olympic Games. Finally, the study maintained that marketization has partially expanded the ideological boundary of media discourses in China.
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