The CPC's initial use of communication technology for development was wired radio. Experimented with in Yenan, it was not until 1955 that the CPC encouraged the national spread of rural wired radio (Lin, 1978).
The dissemination of wired radio itself was premised on local self-reliance, with the CPC's central propaganda department encouraging local party organizations to work with local levels of government to set up diffusion stations (Yu, 1964).
Jinyun County's adoption of wired radio serves as a key example of this early development and localization of content.
The issue of localization, however, is often neglected in the English-language literature on China's use of wired radio, which instead emphasizes how the medium enabled centralized dissemination of authorized content for the CPC.
Unlike wired radio, television broadcasting took a longer time to take root in Jinyun.
The current switchover to digital television is catalyzing this reduction of wired radio infrastructure, for as Ms.
As mentioned, Heyang once had its own wired radio station, which today continues to serve as the sound room for the village theater.
(3) In its current state, wired radio is no longer a common or a local communication platform.
The politics for restarting Heyang's village-level wired radio station are an ongoing issue in the village.
Others were less enthusiastic about wired radio, with 40-year-old Mr.
This process contextualizes the peasants' efforts to turn their frustrations with the social changes that have accompanied technological changes into demands for wired radio and regular village meetings.