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Fight, Yet Playfully: The Power of Grotesque Online Expression in China

Jiangbo Deng*

Abstract

This article discusses the role of ICTs in activism in contemporary China. Instead of following the focus on the modalities of the Internet in collective events, this article claims a more suitable approach that examines the everyday use of the Internet as a mundane, grotesque imagery.

In an authoritarian country where explicit political mobilisation or organisation through the Internet is dangerous, the cyberspace is undergoing a subtle, hidden, yet still a significant change. Bakhtin’s notion of carnival is helpful for us to disclose the transformative dynamic under the vein of rigid Internet governance.