Chinese state-TV avoids the presidential debates during the US election campaigns, but internet users can watch them. It creates some excitement, although internet watcher Jeremy Goldkorn does not want to exaggerate the effect, he tells the VOA.
Jeremy Goldkorn, the editor of Danwei.com, a website about Chinese media and Internet, explaines it is natural that many Chinese are paying more attention to the U.S. presidential campaign, given the rising influence of the Internet.
“The rise of social media and in particular Weibo, which has made it very easy for people to follow the debates in real time, has certainly generated some excitement of some Chinese who are active on the Internet,” says Goldkorn.
Goldkorn says it is mainly young, tech-savvy people who are watching the debates online, since they are not shown on Chinese television.
But as to whether those watching like what they see and want it to come to their country, Goldkorn says it is difficult to tell.
“People don’t necessarily say that because China doesn’t have an electoral democracy like the United States it’s worse, or that China should mimic the United States,” says Goldkorn. “There are people who say that. But there are also plenty and plenty of people who may find the United States’ democracy attractive but nonetheless don’t think it will work in China.”
- Top-5 stories for August 2012 (chinaspeakersbureau.info)