This essay takes a 1920s scandalous case—the Ma-Wang Incident—as a study of the relationship established in Chinese journalism between events and everyday life. It argues that journalism, as a commodity form, and the emergence of everyday life as a problem of sociality were intrinsically linked, not merely through tabloid exposure but through the exploration of the philosophical import of the everyday as a problem of social value.
Rebecca E. Karl; Journalism, Social Value, and a Philosophy of the Everyday in 1920s China. positions 1 August 2008; 16 (3): 539–567. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10679847-2008-013
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