Mar 15

The controversy of new media in closed societies: activists under restriction in Vietnam

By Seija Anttonen

As discussed in an earlier blog post, increased access to global media and especially the new and social media often threaten the status quo and existing power structures, and no more so than in ‘closed societies’ such as China and Vietnam. Dennis Hopper discusses China as an example on the globalization of media and information, when “national governments no longer monopolize the flow of information.” [1] While Vietnam has been utilizing many similar tactics, its contemporary approach is somewhat ‘looser’ compared to China at least when it comes to the use of social media, and e.g. Facebook is nowadays accessible and in fact the most popular social media platform in Vietnam.

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