Wednesday April 12: “Confucianism and a Chinese Model of Global Governance of Social Media”

12:00-1:30 pm.   Register here. 

Social media is a critical part of the digital public sphere and has an impact on most people in the contemporary world. In this era of globalization, it becomes crucial to explore effective models of social media governance. In this regard, Confucianism, as pioneered by Confucius, may have something to offer. Taking China’s microblogging platform Weibo as an object of study, Prof. Wang compares it with Twitter, using the “good governance” model he first proposed in 2000. This is a Confucian social media governance model based on the Confucian precepts of “self-cultivation, rule of the family, governance of the country, and world consonance (修齐治平).”

Speaker: Junchao Wang, Professor of Media Criticism, Tsinghua University; Visiting Researcher, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) School of Communication and Information (SCI).

In conversation with Franklin Perkins, Professor of Philosophy, UHM, and Hongmei Li, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Strategic Communication, Miami University.

Moderator: Jenifer Winter, Professor, UHM SCI.

Co-sponsors: UHM School of Communication and Information and Department of Philosophy.