Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Communication Studies


Jim Wittebols


Communication and the arts, Social sciences, China




For the past 30 years, the Chinese communication system has experienced tremendous changes, which have brought it from the ultimate "propaganda machine" to a striking contradictory mix of capitalist neoliberalism and socialist authoritarian ideological indoctrination. Since the central hypothesis of my research focuses on the fact that socialist Chinese media are undergoing capitalist neoliberal operations, the American communication system, a very typical capitalist neoliberal corporate media system, is contextualized. The thesis intends to explore the current Chinese communication system, media phenomena, and media practices that have manifested contradictions. I also attempt to find out the underlying drive to propel the historical transformation of the Chinese media. I will employ political economy of communication to theorize and ground my research. In order to lend further support to my argument, I will delineate a case study: Xinwen Lianbo, a national news program on China Central Television (CCTV). Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) will be used to investigate the TV news discourse- 'Xinwen Lianbo'.