Big data for better crisis response

More people, including both emergency responders and disaster victims, are choosing social media as a way to respond to crises...and for good reason! Given its immediacy, reach, ability to receive instant feedback and host multimedia content, urgent information can be collaborated in real time. Contrary to popular belief, the value of social media is not … Continue reading Big data for better crisis response

Garnering increased respect for foreign domestic workers

Go on Facebook and you can easily find traces of social change campaigns, usually in the form of videos or heartwarming posts shared by your social circle. While Singaporeans are usually the direct recipients of these causes, there has been an increase in social causes centred on foreigners, which could be attributed to the influx of … Continue reading Garnering increased respect for foreign domestic workers

How citizen journalism is damaging Singapore’s online credibility

A wave of promise surrounds social media as a platform that advances democratic ideals. While the bourgeois public sphere has hastened the exclusion of minority groups, citizen journalism aggregator sites here like All Singaporean Stuff (ASS) and mothership.sg have given the people - not just the wealthy - power to make their views heard. Yet, a close … Continue reading How citizen journalism is damaging Singapore’s online credibility

Using Social Media to Tackle Workplace Ageism in Singapore

Our group has chosen the topic of workplace ageism in Singapore. We have noticed that there are very few social media strategies in Singapore that target at enhancing positive attitudes towards older workers. Through the use social media as a medium, our group aims to reach out to young working adults to bring about social … Continue reading Using Social Media to Tackle Workplace Ageism in Singapore

Communicating for social change: Is age really just a number?

Marital rape? Racism? Ageism? Undoubtedly, a vast number of social issues require immediate social action and yet we barely scratched the surface during our group brainstorm.  Among all, we found greatest inclination towards ageism in the workplace- a topic we found perfect for advocacy in Singapore. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqhEEAgyKZk Shedding light on the global ageism phenomenon Ageism … Continue reading Communicating for social change: Is age really just a number?

User demand for meaningful and shareable online content

With the boom of social media in the early 2000s, information sharing has changed dramatically. The shift in power relations has moved public relations from a press agentry to a 2-way symmetrical model. I mean, no self-respecting organisation today can survive pushing their agenda onto a vicious media landscape containing an educated, opinionated and vocal … Continue reading User demand for meaningful and shareable online content

The death of trustworthiness?

In “Role of Trust in Cyberspace”, Clark states that cyberspace comprises of both technology and people, and this is similarly echoed by Mikko and Eleni (“Communities, Communication, and Online Identities”) that cyberspace is non-existent without inhabitants like us all. Indeed, no discussion about cyber places can be continued without ever mentioning its users and the … Continue reading The death of trustworthiness?

Visual communication further strengthens online ties

Communities in Cyberspace has filled me with a new appreciation for the speed at which internet communication has advanced. Although published less than a decade ago, some of the Chapter 7’s issues now have added dimensions when its concepts are applied to technologies and platforms that have since emerged, like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. Social … Continue reading Visual communication further strengthens online ties