The Internet, as a new medium has great practical and potential impact on society.
One potential impact is the improvement that online space has made in public and private
discourse, providing the marketplace of ideas vital to a democracy. Chinese online space is acting as a public sphere that allows ordinary citizens to discuss public affairs. When the public opinion is strong enough, it can influence public policies to ensure that they reflect and match real public interests. This is a big step in the progress of democracy in
Before internet can be widely accessible to the public in early 1996., the predominant role of all media was as an organ of the party, with their political orientation and fundamental policies depending largely or totally on those of the Party . Media didn’t need to care too much about market or readership because they were financially supported by government subsidy. They functioned as tool for the Party and government to create and disseminate political propaganda, rather than acting as a public sphere for citizens to discuss public and political issues.
The era when people blindly believe what the government tells them is over. Likewise, the era when the people are too afraid to speak out is also over.