Twenty-seven years after getting connected to the internet, China has turned from a complete novice taking baby steps into a digital giant that not only boasts the largest number of internet users in the world, but leads innovations in technological development, business models, civil engagement, and government surveillance. While the internet profoundly transformed Chinese society, Chinese netizens have also actively and significantly shaped the digital sphere through their creative practices. Shaohua Guo's The Evolution of the Chinese Internet unpacks the driving force behind the vitality of Chinese digital culture by investigating four of China's most important online platforms in the past two decades—the bulletin board system (BBS), the blog, the microblog (Weibo), and WeChat (Weixin)—and revealing “the dynamic process of negotiation, collaboration, and contestation enacted by the interplay of diverse agents, including the state, cultural institutions, commercial entities, and Internet users” (p. 4). In this, Guo presents a compelling cultural...

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