This article argues that the Chinese news media are the major stock of social knowledge, serving as ways for the general public to make sense of the changing environment both within and without the Chinese polity. Based on an extensive content analysis, both quantitative and qualitative, of China Central Television National Network News and People's Daily domestic edition in 1992, and compared with earlier content analyses dating back 15 years, this study suggests that since the reforms in the late 1970s, news in China has provided the Chinese society and people with the baseline knowledge needed for the building of a forced consensus, the basis of Communist rule and legitimacy.
|Number of pages||18|
|Journal||Journal of Communication|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 1994|