Mantous and alpacas as weapons of the weak: Chinese spoof video and self-expression online

Alexander Neish Lugg

Abstract


Chinese Web users are using video spoofs in an attempt to reclaim expressive space in Chinese-language cyberspace. In a manner reminiscent of shunkouliu (humorous sayings), that circulated particularly widely during the late 20th century, video spoofs are being used to express discontent with a range of political and social issues and policies while using a veil of humour to obfuscate the target of the satire. These spread of these videos and the ideas they express have caused changes to Chinese Internet regulations.

Keywords


Grass Mud Horse: e gao; spoof video

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5210/fm.v18i7.3885



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