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“China's Cyberposse”

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Author: 
Tom Downey
Publisher: 
The New York Times Magazine
Date: 
March 3, 2010

A New York Times Magazine article about the “human-flesh search engines” (人肉搜索), which has become a form of online vigilante justice in China. Downey sheds light on the unique power of the Internet in China, providing several shocking examples of the “human-flesh search” in action, while simultaneously exploring various analyses and opinions, and some potential political and cultural roots of this phenomenon.

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