It Started With A Tweet [world Service]

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01Episode 1 - The Documentary20120710

Duncan Hewitt assesses the huge impact of microblogging on China's culture and politics.

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Duncan Hewitt investigates the impact of microblogging in China, where Sina's Weibo now has a greater membership than Twitter.

He meets the young people of Chengdu in Central China, who are part of a burgeoning graffiti, hiphop and dance scene.

Just 15 years ago there was no way they could communicate with fellow fans, never mind the outside world. Now they are breaking into the US charts.

He also visits Youku, China's YouTube, to watch their online X-Factor-style competition as it's filmed, and finds out why mums leading a breastfeeding revolution are addicted to their Sina Weibo accounts.

Thanks to microblogging China is also witnessing the emergence of a civil society of activists and justice-seekers. The victim of a horrific acid attack tells Duncan how her desperate plea for redress on Sina Weibo led to a nationwide outcry.

In Beijing he meets the dogs saved from a grisly death in the dog-eating South thanks to flashmob rescuers organised on Sina Weibo. None of this was possible before the internet - but where will it all lead?

(Image: A girl in a cafe using her phone)

01Episode 1 - The Documentary20120711

Duncan Hewitt assesses the huge impact of microblogging on China's culture and politics.

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Duncan Hewitt investigates the impact of microblogging in China, where Sina's Weibo now has a greater membership than Twitter.

He meets the young people of Chengdu in Central China, who are part of a burgeoning graffiti, hiphop and dance scene.

Just 15 years ago there was no way they could communicate with fellow fans, never mind the outside world. Now they are breaking into the US charts.

He also visits Youku, China's YouTube, to watch their online X-Factor-style competition as it's filmed, and finds out why mums leading a breastfeeding revolution are addicted to their Sina Weibo accounts.

Thanks to microblogging China is also witnessing the emergence of a civil society of activists and justice-seekers. The victim of a horrific acid attack tells Duncan how her desperate plea for redress on Sina Weibo led to a nationwide outcry.

In Beijing he meets the dogs saved from a grisly death in the dog-eating South thanks to flashmob rescuers organised on Sina Weibo. None of this was possible before the internet - but where will it all lead?

(Image: A girl in a cafe using her phone)

01The Documentary2012071020120711

Duncan Hewitt investigates the impact of microblogging in China, with sites like Sina Weibo now surpassing Twitter's membership.

01The Documentary2012071020120711

Duncan Hewitt investigates the impact of microblogging in China, with sites like Sina Weibo now surpassing Twitter's membership.

Duncan Hewitt investigates the impact of microblogging in China, with sites like Sina W...

Duncan Hewitt investigates the impact of microblogging in China, with sites like Sina Weibo now surpassing Twitter's membership.

02Episode 2 - The Documentary20120717

Duncan Hewitt concludes his look at the microblogging trend in China.

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Shanghai-based journalist Duncan Hewitt concludes his look at the burgeoning microblogging trend in China and the profound effect it is having on society and culture.

This week his interviewees include the blogger and new media expert, Isaac Mao; the world's most popular blogger, Han Han; and a man who wrote a novel on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent to Twitter.

Duncan also looks at the way in which microblogging was used to break the news that Wang Lijun, a police chief in Chongqing, had visited a US consulate in Chengdu. The censors soon tried to stop any online discussion of the matter, but the microbloggers adopted ingenious ways to dodge the censors.

(Image: Chinese blogger Isaac Mao in 2007. Credit: AFP / Getty Images)

02Episode 2 - The Documentary20120718

Duncan Hewitt concludes his look at the microblogging trend in China.

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Shanghai-based journalist Duncan Hewitt concludes his look at the burgeoning microblogging trend in China and the profound effect it is having on society and culture.

This week his interviewees include the blogger and new media expert, Isaac Mao; the world's most popular blogger, Han Han; and a man who wrote a novel on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent to Twitter.

Duncan also looks at the way in which microblogging was used to break the news that Wang Lijun, a police chief in Chongqing, had visited a US consulate in Chengdu. The censors soon tried to stop any online discussion of the matter, but the microbloggers adopted ingenious ways to dodge the censors.

(Image: Chinese blogger Isaac Mao in 2007. Credit: AFP / Getty Images)

02 LASTThe Documentary2012071720120718

Duncan Hewitt investigates the impact of microblogging in China, with sites like Sina W.

Duncan Hewitt investigates the impact of microblogging in China, with sites like Sina Weibo now surpassing Twitter's membership.

02 LASTThe Documentary2012071720120718

Duncan Hewitt investigates the impact of microblogging in China, with sites like Sina W.

Duncan Hewitt investigates the impact of microblogging in China, with sites like Sina Weibo now surpassing Twitter's membership.