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BBSs and Blogs: The First Participatory Online Spaces (2003–2008)

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This section introduces the first successful experiences of Web 2.0 participatory platforms in China analyzing the arrival of Bulletin Board Systems and weblogs and considering a period that starts in the late 1990s and ends at the end of the 2000s. This chapter also includes three cases studies of successful weblogs, which are thne of Wang Xiaofang focused on a provocative style, Muzi Mei, considered a female testimonial of one for the first Chinese blogging platform, and Han Han, one of the most influential bloggers, especially for younger generations. The conclusion of this section provides some considerations on the role of most prominent bloggers between the end of the late nineties and the beginning of the noughties.

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