Baozou manhua (rage comics), internet humour and everyday life

Chen, Shih-Wen 2014, Baozou manhua (rage comics), internet humour and everyday life, Continuum: journal of media and cultural studies, vol. 28, no. 5, pp. 690-708, doi: 10.1080/10304312.2014.941334.

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Title Baozou manhua (rage comics), internet humour and everyday life
Author(s) Chen, Shih-WenORCID iD for Chen, Shih-Wen
Journal name Continuum: journal of media and cultural studies
Volume number 28
Issue number 5
Start page 690
End page 708
Total pages 19
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2014-08-21
ISSN 1469-3666
Keyword(s) china
rage comics
Summary Wang Nima launched in 2008 to introduce rage comics (baozou manhua) to China after noticing its popularity in the USA. The emergence of baozou manhua signifies a new form of expression for ordinary netizens where they move from simply being consumers of comics to producers, combining image and text in a humorous way and distributing them via a wide variety of communication tools. This paper examines how the genre of baozou manhua enables Chinese netizens to vent about their everyday experiences and frustrations of daily life. It also explores how computer software technology and the Internet have influenced contemporary Chinese visual humour by focusing on the Internet community. Although baozou manhua is an Internet phenomenon emerging from the specific sociopolitical context of contemporary China, examining this form of expression not only sheds light on popular online culture in China and the issues Chinese netizens grapple with but also provides an understanding of how digital visual culture changes across time and space as North American rage faces circulate around the world and garner new meaning after being appropriated and reinterpreted in the ‘interpretative community’ of Chinese cyberspace.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/10304312.2014.941334
Field of Research 200104 Media Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950203 Languages and Literature
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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