Communication research in an era of recession: reflections from China Jack Linchuan Qui, Chinese University of Hong Kong Context provided by the global recession; do the new technologies and the new financial informatic processes matter when we see how the global recession developed and spread. This is a context of communications research, no longer in an era of apparent endless economic prosperity; not dissimilar to Frankfurt School in 1930s; wartime propaganda research in USA in 1940s. And, for Chinese scholars, very important, because communications research in China has always been conducted within prosperity (from 1990s onwards). Example: Uighur violence in China; revelation is this. China has control over Twitter; but not over the uploading of phone cam video via Youtube and related sites. CHhina now appears as a ‘broken picture’ – both modern and developed; also full of “ugly” strife. research in recession – “assumptions of scarcity, non-linear history, bottom-up action”; very different to research in prosperity; [I would note the interesting dialetical implication here; about the conditions of research and its purposes, counterposing approaches and needs based on whether we are in good or bad times; times determine the change in approach]. Continues to counterpose methods, motives depending on … Click to read more
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