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專輯論文Special Issue Articles
Yuqing: A Native Chinese Concept and Its Practice
作者 胡泳、陳秋心
Author Yong HU, Qiuxin CHEN
關鍵詞 輿論、輿情、輿情監測、輿情產業
Keywords public opinion, yuqing, yuqing monitoring system, social control
摘要 「輿論」與「輿情」兩詞當下在中國被廣泛混用,其實有各自不同的發展路徑和現實意義。源於西方的「輿論」一詞自近代傳入中國,內涵幾經演繹,逐漸背離其本初義,成為執政黨的治理工具,而「輿情」則是這種中國式輿論在互聯網時代的「控制性變種」,非但不能與輿論混用,也不能對譯為"public opinion"。


Abstract With the emergence and popularization of the Internet, China has slowly developed a public sphere of "Internet public opinion" in parallel with and counterbalancing the so-called "mainstream public opinion." However, in the highly centralized Chinese society, this alternative force has provoked the Party to tighten its control over speech by invent ingenious methods of micro social management. This increased control has led to the emergence of yuqing studies and a thriving yuqing industry of intelligence, surveillance, and policing agencies that monitor the "sentiments" of online public opinion. The monstrous yuqing monitoring system has transformed from gathering intelligence and analyzing "social conditions and public opinion" to manipulating and fabricating public opinion on the Internet. The yuqing system has "successfully" constructed an orderly and harmonious cyberspace in which positive "public opinions" are expressed. However, in doing so, it has brushed aside and buried real online public opinions about issues and conflicts between and among regions, social classes, religions, ethnicities, the state, and society. The operations of the yuqing monitoring system reflect the paradox of China's Internet management regime: there is more information available to average Internet users but less authenticity in the sentiments expressed. The change in lexicon and practice from yulun to yuqing is a result of the change in China's information governance and social management. By using yuqing, the Party-State intends to keep pace with the times to promote good governance at all levels. However, yuqing has been used to quell dissent, not express fundamental changes based on the "sentiments" of the masses. The monitoring of yuqing has become an organized mechanism of social control. It serves the needs of the Party and government to contain and even eliminate public opinion.


胡泳、陳秋心(2017)。〈輿情:本土概念與本土實踐〉。《傳播與社會學刊》,第40 期,頁33–74。

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Hu, Y., & Chen, Q. (2017). Yuqing: A native Chinese concept and its practice. Communication & Society, 40, 33–74.
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