Jul 27 2008

Chinese cyber nationalism revisited

Published by at 10:13 am under Nationalism

First a question: Is there a difference between nationalism and cyber nationalism? The mixture of youth and patriotism has been a defining characteristic of the Red Hacker Alliance and was essential to the group’s formation. What has been running through my head, is trying to sort out the differences between ordinary nationalism and cyber nationalism, if there is indeed a difference.

An article from The New Yorker touched on this question during an interview with Tang Jie, the producer of “2008 China Stand Up,” a nationalist short clip that went viral. Tang made the video in response to the negative press China received in their handling of the demonstrations that occurred in Tibet. Watching the video, you will see that it was heavily influenced by anti.cnn.com.

The New Yorker article is well worth reading if this subject holds any interest for you. Through the interview, you get the sense that there is a psychological distinction between online cyber nationalism and real life. Perhaps it is just the difference in intensity levels that appear more vocal online but I think there is more to it than that.

Fortunately, the article also mentions a book written by Xu Wu titled, Chinese Cyber Nationalism, that I ordered today. So, I’ll get back with you on that after I have a chance to read the book.

UPDATED: Jumper has read the book and left his review in the comments section but I thought they would be better out here. Let’s just say, he does not give a glowing report on the book:

I have read the Xu Wu book already. It is pretty good in that it puts a lot of information in a well-organized format. It really could have used some better editing though. There were grammatical and spelling errors throughout the book that might be distracting for some readers (not me). I think you (Heike) might find that you are already aware of most of the information that Xu Wu talks about. Readers who are less fanatical about researching this subject will find it interesting and insightful but very academic (read: not too entertaining).

Too many facts ruin a good argument, so before we receive information from a guy who might know what he is talking about…

What is the difference between nationalism and cyber nationalism?

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  1. jumperon 27 Jul 2008 at 2:55 pm

    I have read the Xu Wu book already. It is pretty good in that it puts a lot of information in a well-organized format. It really could have used some better editing though. There were grammatical and spelling errors throughout the book that might be distracting for some readers (not me). I think you (Heike) might find that you are already aware of most of the information that Xu Wu talks about. Readers who are less fanatical about researching this subject will find it interesting and insightful but very academic (read: not too entertaining).