04 Oct '11, 10am

Cherian George on the strategies of political blogs covering #SGelections 2011 - #sgpolitics

Cherian George on the strategies of political blogs covering #SGelections 2011 - #sgpolitics

Text of a presentation at the IPS conference on the Impact of New Media on General Election 2011, 4 October 2011. One major development facilitated by the internet has been the growth of amateur or “citizen” journalism, marching to the beat of a different drum. Alternative media start from scratch with little institutional baggage and few organisational restraints. With such low barriers to entry, they are able to pick from a wide range of possible strategies. My research focussed on the strategic choices made by four prominent websites: The Online Citizen, Temasek Review, Yawning Bread and the Singapore General Election Portal. I was not really motivated by the question of whether the GE was an “internet election”. Rather, the intensity of online activity during the elections made it a great opportunity to observe blogs in action, in order to understand better a phenomeno...

Full article: http://journalism.sg/2011/10/04/diverse-strategies-in-pol...

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