Media dictionary

In mainland China, theories and terminologies are invested with a special kind of power. While they may sometimes seem to the outsider like absurd exercises in semantics -- with silly terms like the "Three Closenesses" and the "Four Steadfasts" -- China's social and political buzzwords offer important insight into a changing society. The following terms (some Party, some non-Party, others neutral) have been chosen for their relevance to Chinese media.