Florian Schneider on China’s digital nationalism
In recent years, online platforms have been utilized more and more to spread Chinese nationalist discourse. In an interview posted on The Diplomat, director of the Leiden Asia Centre Florian Schneider gives his thoughts on how the digital environment has changed the way Chinese activists work.
As an example, Schneider states that activists have started to draw inspiration from idol worship and popular online culture to create highly organized and strategic communication activities. ‘Much like fan groups, nationalists now crowd-source their activities, produce and systematically spread memes, engage in disinformation campaigns, dox their opponents, and generally use the affordances of digital technology to their advantage.’
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