Users, not netizens : spaces and practices on the Chinese Internet

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)peer-review

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Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChina Online
Subtitle of host publicationLocating Society in Online Spaces
EditorsPeter Marolt, David Kurt Herold
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter2
Pages20-30
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9781315750101
ISBN (Print)9781138809291
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

The main advantage of the Chinese economy leading to its rapid rise was the importance of low-priced labour. The author has held hundreds of in-depth interviews with gold farmers and soldiers of water armies, as well as conducted extensive participant observation in the sites of their work during the past 6 years. The water army in which the author worked as an undercover soldier has a team that focuses on maintaining good relationships with leading Internet forums and that contact forum administrators if posts by their water army's soldiers get deleted. Water armies are employed both to promote the products of a company as well as to criticise the products of competitors. Gold farmers and soldiers of water armies create new meanings and practices out of their work by re-establishing their autonomy using skills and connections from their work to carve out their own communities both online and offline.

Citation Format(s)

Users, not netizens : spaces and practices on the Chinese Internet. / Herold, David Kurt.

China Online : Locating Society in Online Spaces. ed. / Peter Marolt; David Kurt Herold. 1st. ed. Routledge, 2014. p. 20-30.

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)peer-review