Wrapping up 2012 China National People’s Congress through the lenses of Weibo

Alia | March 15th, 2012 - 8:08 am

What did the Chinese people most and least care about the past “Two Meetings”? (Though given Sina Weibo’s sample pool, it should be, more accurately, described as Chinese people aged 30 or younger). To answer that question, there is probably no better way than looking at statistics from Sina Weibo, the most popular Twitter-like tool among several similar ones in China – afterall, Sina Weibo has becoming a key, if not the only, channel for both domestic and foreign media to get a glimpse of “the voice of the Chinese people” on a large scale.

Buzz words like “corruption,” “Wang Lijun,” “Article 73,” “secret detention” or “democracy” aren’t on the list. It seems that two types of things received the most attention. First, proposals that are closely related to ordinary people’s day-to-day lives. Secondly, quotes, proposals or incidences which netizens can call out as stupid and ridiculous, as stated by some netizens “Two Meetings are more fun to watch than any Chinese New Year Galas”.

[Source: Sina Weibo]

 

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