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#GE2015: Reductive Analyses Of Social Media

Without meaningful information about data usage and content publication during the campaign period or the perceptions of Internet users on political content, analysts who seek to explain a “social media effect” following the recent general elections appear to be grasping at straws. And few of these analysts also account for the diverse motivations which influence the way Singaporeans consume or make use of content available on online platforms. Continue reading

#GE2015: Making The Most Of Political Talent

For Singapore to make the most of its political talent, without side-lining or forgetting the candidates who were not elected (ST, Sept. 16), two things need to follow: first, these individuals should express a willingness to be involved in public discourse; and second, in turn, the People’s Action Party (PAP) dominated-government has to – beyond its conciliatory, post-victory platitudes – be receptive to perspectives mooted by these individuals in the future. And perhaps in the process even open channels for meaningful conversations. Continue reading

AHPETC: Preaching To The Converted

The problem with the argument in the ST commentary – that “[h]ow the ballots add up in Aljunied GRC, and beyond, will signal which of the two narratives [presented by the People’s Action Party (PAP) and the Workers’ Party (WP) about the purported financial mismanagement of the Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC)] voters were more convinced by” (ST, Sep. 4) – is that it is reductive. First, voting preferences are premised upon a plethora of factors, even beyond “local issues” and “national concerns”. Hence, how the ballots add up should be indicative of broader trends or sentiments. Continue reading

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