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Anniversary journalism in China: Mediated memories of the Second World War

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posted on 2022-12-21, 09:33 authored by Weili Wang, John DowneyJohn Downey
The concept of prospective memory has been suggested as a way of theorising the importance of forward-looking memory in mediated accounts of past events. As yet, however, there was insufficient work to analyse the relationship between retrospective and prospective memory especially in collaborative journalistic cultures where one might expect the importance of prospective memory to be significant. Here, we apply the concept of mediated prospective memory, together with retrospective memory, to understand the commemoration of the end of the Second World War in China. We compare the commemoration—or indeed the absence of commemoration—in the People’s Daily over the last seven decades, showing how the Second World War was retrospectively remembered, which remaining geopolitical or domestic tasks the Chinese people were reminded of prospectively, and how retrospective memory has been reinterpreted over time in order to construct a narrative suiting the perceived changing needs of the future. Through doing so we contribute methodological and conceptual resources for the analysis of the relationship between retrospective and prospective mediated memory and commemorative journalism beyond China.

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School

  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • Communication and Media

Published in

Journalism Studies

Volume

24

Issue

2

Pages

190-208

Publisher

Informa UK

Version

  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Informa UK

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript version of the following article, accepted for publication in Journalism Studies. Weili Wang & John Downey (2023) Anniversary Journalism in China: Mediated Memories of the Second World War, Journalism Studies, 24:2, 190-208, DOI: 10.1080/1461670X.2022.2150875. It is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Acceptance date

2022-11-16

Publication date

2022-11-28

Copyright date

2022

ISSN

1461-670X

eISSN

1469-9699

Language

  • en

Depositor

Prof John Downey. Deposit date: 20 December 2022

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