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A Third Way... Digitally: New Technologies and Creativity in Contemporary China

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Xavier Ortells Nicolau

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
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Candidato al doctorado de Traducción y Estudios Interculturales

Departamento de Traducción e Interpretación (UAB)

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Abstract

The economic and social reform in China, which began at the start of the 1980s, has coincided with a global revolution in the creation and dissemination of content. As well as contributing to its opening to the exterior and its spectacular economic growth, new technologies in China have brought with them innovative possibilities for negotiating a very sensitive social and political context, characterised by restrictions on platforms for expression and content. Both new communication media and formats (blogs, chats, forums) and digital image creation technologies (3D, virtual reality, augmented reality) offer users, artists and researchers flexibility and encourage them to find new and creative ways of interacting with society. This article highlights the impact of these new platforms and technologies in terms of two aspects: on the one hand, the dovetailing of ICTs’ horizontality and flexibility with the speed of the processes of social and political change in contemporary China; and, on the other, the conditions and opportunities for social negotiation of history coming from governmental nationalism, which is occupied with an intense process of Late Imperial revisionism.
How to Cite: Ortells Nicolau, X., (2011). A Third Way... Digitally: New Technologies and Creativity in Contemporary China. Digithum. (13), pp.29–36. DOI: http://doi.org/10.7238/d.v0i13.1103
Published on 31 Maig 2011.
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