Configuring the Networked Self: Perspectives from China

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  1. Julie Cohen says:

    Ann, thanks so much for those sleepless nights. I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that Rebecca MacKinnon’s wonderful Consent of the Networked can’t be had in China at all. It’s another of the books I wish had come out before I finished this one, and it directly takes on the issues you raise. “The Internet” isn’t the same everywhere, and it’s naive to think of it as inevitably democratizing. Put it on your list for when you get back, I guess.

  2. Ann Bartow says:

    Hi Julie,
    A straight up Google search for Rebecca MacKinnon’s book (which I very much look forward to reading) took me right to this website:
    There appears to be an accessible site where I could download a free copy, but the internet is moving so slowly I can’t immediately confirm that. When I referenced the “idiosyncrasies of inconsistent authoritarianism” I wasn’t exaggerating. If I did a search for articles about political unrest here in China I’d expect to be blocked, but as far as I can tell periodicals like the NYT are not censored in any way, and I can (and do) read about political unrest and political issues generally in China at and even forward links to these articles to other people here in China with me. Nobody has had any problem accessing them that I know of.

    I’m learning a lot by being here. And I did enjoy reading your book very much. Best wishes!

  3. Ann Bartow says:

    FWIW here is a link I shared with my students and colleagues a few days ago, which they in turn shared more widely:
    China is a complicated place and not quite as I expected it would be, mostly for better though sometimes for worse.