The Qualitative Influence of the Independent Media (9)

Also, Kuang’s comment implies that Taiwanese independent media are usually working separately. This kind of ecology of the independent media movement practice would probably hinder the development of the media’s influence on making a substantial public opinion against the Establishment’s power. If the independent media carry out their media activism collectively, for example, to publish the so-called “united report” for social issues revelation, an effective and practical approach to strengthening the media’s position as social power is to be built that it can be used to force the authorities to do more for improving the commons’ life in the local society.

Although most Chinese people, for the time being, do not have a clear understanding on the significance of the independent media social movement, this distinctive phenomenon motivates us to go further to think about the potential importance of the media activism catalyzing in the two societies.

(See: The Theory and Practice of Anti-Globalization Movement: Case Studies of the Independent Media in the Chinese Societies – Hong Kong and Taiwan. Bonn: Bonn University. 2014)