CNM Research Talk: The Power Of Platforms- Presented By Professor Rasmus Kleis Nielsen

Abstract:

Platform companies like Facebook, Google, Twitter have clearly emerged as effective brokers in hard as well as soft power. But they also take advantage of more distinctive forms of platform power. Professor Rasmus Kleis Nielsen identifies 5 components of platform power:

  • standards
  • connections
  • automated action at scale
  • secrecy
  • fungibility

The enabling, transformative and productive nature of these platforms empower its users, even as they force them to become more dependent. He argues that platform power is neither sovereign nor arbitrary, but deeply relational. Ultimately, platform power is closely aligned to the provider’s strategic interests, and continues to drive a structural transformation of nothing less than the media environment.

Speaker: 

Rasmus Kleis Nielsen is Director of Research at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Professor of Political Communication at the University of Oxford, and editor in chief of the International Journal of Press/Politics. Recent books include The Changing Business of Journalism and its Implications for Democracy (2010, edited with David A. L. Levy), Ground Wars: Personalized Communication in Political Campaigns (2012) (winner of the Doris Graber Award from the American Political Science Association, awarded for the best book in political communication published in the last ten years), and Political Journalism in Transition: Western Europe in a Comparative Perspective (2014, edited with Raymond Kuhn).

1 November 2017
4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
National University of Singapore
Blk AS6, #03-33
CNM Meeting Room

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New Professional Development Courses in Health and Risk Communication, Science Communication

Introducing new executive education courses for health, as well as science professionals. Sign up now for both courses:

Health & Risk Communication

Date: 23 – 24 Nov 2017 | Fee: $1,605 w/GST
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The ageing population in Singapore has given rise to the importance of engaging people on health and risk related issues. For communication professionals, communicating complex and potentially sensitive topics are a growing field, especially in government offices, as well as the insurance and healthcare industries. The course aims to help professionals examine the nuts and bolts of health and risk communication, and deliver strategic frameworks for developing health and risk solutions.

This 2-day professional course is designed to help communication professionals gain a thorough appreciation of the distinct nature of communication in health and risk settings, the challengers that communicators confront, and the frameworks for developing effective communication solutions that address health and risk related issues.

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Public Engagement in Science

Date: 7 – 8 Dec 2017 | Fee: $1,605 w/GST
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Increasingly, public engagement in science has emerged as a key concept in policy circles, among scientists, as well as among communicators. Although there have been a number of ongoing initiatives on public engagement of science, there exists discrepancy in the understanding of concept, how it is operationalised, and how it is approached in the various communities of practice. The course aims to provide its participants with in-depth understanding of the key debates and conceptual challenges in public engagement with science.

This 2-day professional course is designed to help scientists, researchers and science communicators gain an in-depth understanding of the key debates and conceptual challenges in the public’s engagement with science and scientific topics.

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CNM Industry Leaders Summit 2017: Next Generation Thinking And Social Imact

Have you always wondered what communications will evolve into as digital spaces and digital literacy grow exponentially? Or how open communications can help maximise social impact? What about fake news, and how truth is being managed in today’s volatile climate? Join our panel of industry leaders and influencers to unravel the urgent challenges of future communications.

The Department of Communications and New Media is proud to host the Industry Leaders Summit, inviting distinguished speakers as:

19 October 2017
2:00 pm  – 6:00 pm

NUS University Hall Auditorium,
Lee Kong Chian Wing Level 2,
21 Lower Kent Ridge Road
Singapore 119077

Limited Seats Available.
Register Online Now at cnmn.us/leadersummit

CNM Research Talk: Top 10 Lessons In Media Studies- Presented By Professor Susan J Douglas

Abstract: In this talk, Professor Susan J Douglas aims to distill what she has learned in her career, not only as a practitioner of humanities-based media studies, but also as a media historian. She will focus on the problems we commonly have to confront with archives, the importance of placing media texts and trends within their historical contexts, how we need to let our sources lead us to our conclusions instead of approaching them with foregone conclusions, the importance of empathy, and the need to both engage with theory and yet resist the obfuscating pull of jargon in our field. Then, she will also provide a defense of textual analysis.

Speaker: Susan Douglas is the Catherine Neafie Kellogg Professor of Communication Studies at The University of Michigan and former Chair of the Department.  She is author of The Rise of Enlightened Sexism:  How Pop Culture Took Us From Girl Power to Girls Gone Wild (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2010); The Mommy Myth:  The Idealization of Motherhood and How it Undermines Women (with Meredith Michaels, The Free Press, 2004); Listening In:  Radio and the American Imagination (Times Books, 1999), which won the Hacker Prize in 2000 for the best popular book about technology and culture, Where The Girls Are:  Growing Up Female with the Mass Media (Times Books, 1994) and Inventing American Broadcasting, 1899-1922 (Johns Hopkins, 1987). Where the Girls Are was widely praised, and chosen one of the top ten books of 1994 by National Public Radio, Entertainment Weekly and The McLaughlin Group. She served on the Board of the George Foster Peabody awards from 2005-2010, and in 2010 was selected as Chair of the Board.  She is the 2009 recipient of the Leonardo Da Vinci Prize, the highest honor given by the Society for the History of Technology to an individual who has greatly contributed to the history of technology through research, teaching, publications, and other activities.

17 October 2017
4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
National University of Singapore
Blk AS6, #03-33
CNM Meeting Room

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CNM Research Talk: The Media, Baby Boomers And The Advent Of Aspirational Aging- Presented By Professor Susan J Douglas

Abstract: Up to 76 million people in the U.S. are approaching retirement. Around the world, populations are aging. This talk explores the contradictory terrain of aging in American media, where negative stereotypes of older people are colliding with Aspirational Aging, a media-crafted zeitgeist whose central tenet is that aging is something we can and should ‘defy’. The defiance discourse is especially advanced by what Professor Susan J Douglas labels the Anti-Aging Industrial Complex. The talk will also note the intersections between ageism and sexism, and emphasise how neoliberal discourses about personal responsibility frame and mark off good, successful aging from bad, failed aging.

Speaker: Susan Douglas is the Catherine Neafie Kellogg Professor of Communication Studies at The University of Michigan and former Chair of the Department.  She is author of The Rise of Enlightened Sexism:  How Pop Culture Took Us From Girl Power to Girls Gone Wild (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2010); The Mommy Myth:  The Idealization of Motherhood and How it Undermines Women (with Meredith Michaels, The Free Press, 2004); Listening In:  Radio and the American Imagination (Times Books, 1999), which won the Hacker Prize in 2000 for the best popular book about technology and culture, Where The Girls Are:  Growing Up Female with the Mass Media (Times Books, 1994) and Inventing American Broadcasting, 1899-1922 (Johns Hopkins, 1987). Where the Girls Are was widely praised, and chosen one of the top ten books of 1994 by National Public Radio, Entertainment Weekly and The McLaughlin Group. She served on the Board of the George Foster Peabody awards from 2005-2010, and in 2010 was selected as Chair of the Board.  She is the 2009 recipient of the Leonardo Da Vinci Prize, the highest honor given by the Society for the History of Technology to an individual who has greatly contributed to the history of technology through research, teaching, publications, and other activities.

16 October 2017
4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
National University of Singapore
Blk AS6, #03-38
CNM Playroom

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Keynote Speaker At The 6th Annual International Conference on Journalism and Mass Communications

Professor Mohan J Dutta will deliver the keynote for the upcoming 6th Annual International Conference on Journalism and Mass Communications (JMComm 2017), entitled Digital Media, Globalisation and Sustainability: Asian Possibilities, that will discuss:

…the role of communication in co-creating possibilities for socially just and sustainable futures. Theorizing the role of communication inequalities in reproducing global power differentials and social inequalities, the talk will explore the role of participation, dialogue, and listening as strategic entry points for building policies and programs that are rooted in the lived experiences of communities at the margins.

Source: JMComm 2017

Date: 9 – 10 Oct 2017
Venue: Hotel Fort Canning, 11 Canning Walk, Singapore 178881

Fake News Must Die- Hackathon 2017

The organisers of this Hackathon aim to reduce the impact of misinformation by making it easy for users to quickly verify or check if a rumour or piece of information they received is real. For instance, this can take the form of a website where users can submit a query and quickly check if the rumour/information is real. The website could also enable crowd-sourcing of fact checking as a way to enable scale. Initially, fact checkers will come from students from various tertiary institutions and a pool of trained volunteers.

First, an online platform for these fact checkers needs to be created.

For this Hackathon, we’re looking for creative implementations addressing the issues above. If you have any enquiries, please reach out to Francesca Nathan at fran@nus.edu.sg.

Call For Papers: Theorizing Communication from the South

Call for Papers: Communication Theory Special Issue Theorizing Communication from the South Guest Editors: Mohan J. Dutta, National University of Singapore Mahuya Pal, University of South Florida In this special issue, we take forward emerging calls for decolonizing communication to explore communication theories anchored in the cartographies of the Global … Continue reading

CNM Research Talk: Deep Learning, An Overview And An Application To Sound Design- Presented by Lonce Wyse

Advances in deep learning AI systems are changing human-computer interaction in many different aspects of our lives.

In this illuminating talk, Associate Professor Lonce Wyse will introduce deep learning, reflect on its impact on new media research and practices, and delve into recent research on deep learning and style-transfer in sound design.

22 September 2017
4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
National University of Singapore
Blk AS6, #03-33
CNM Meeting Room

Register at:
cnmn.us/deeplearn

Enabling Students for the Future Workforce through CNM’s Compulsory Internship Programme

The Department of Communications and New Media (CNM) is delighted to present its inaugural Compulsory Internship Programme (CIP). Students who pursue a major in NM under the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore, are automatically placed into the programme. The objectives of the programme are to: … Continue reading

Student Videographer: The Story of Naufal Afandi

At the age of three, Naufal was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a condition that causes him to experience a gradual decline in his vision over time. After struggling with bullying and identity issues in his childhood, Naufal finds strength and confidence in life through power-lifting, bowling, and tremendous support from his loved ones. He hopes to encourage people who are going through similar challenges that things will always get better no matter how difficult it seems, and that there is always something to be thankful for in life.

Communicative Challenges in Traditional Chinese Medicine

In the WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-2023 report, the World Health Organization discusses the burgeoning yet underestimated popularity of traditional medicine. Recognising that the dominance of western medicine has created unequal structures which reinforce the legitimacy of different healing systems, the report emphasises the importance of understanding the needs and uses … Continue reading

Information Mobility: A New Frontier in Communication and New Media Research

In this talk, Professor Ran Wei will cover his recent attempts to integrate communication research (media effects) with digital mobile media studies. He developed a research framework that incorporates technological affordances of mobile media and active user perspective (U&G theory) in understanding how private chat (talk, texting and posts, and … Continue reading

CNM Research Talk: Making BIG Talk- Presented by Kalina Silverman

Three years ago, Kalina Silverman wanted to see what could happen if she approached strangers and skipped the small talk to have more meaningful conversations with them instead. She made a Youtube documentary, where it went viral. As a result, she started delivering workshops, and even a TEDx talk on the subject. It now has > 3,000,000 views on YouTube, and has garnered feedback from people around the world who have shared their stories of making BIG TALK. The feedback she received from Singapore in particular, inspired her to come here to pursue research around how Big Talk can be used to bridge communication gaps across different kinds of relationships.

8 September 2017
4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
National University of Singapore
Blk AS6, #03-33
CNM Meeting Room

Register at:
cnmn.us/bigtalk

CNM Research Talk: Hollywood Made In China- Presented by Aynne Kokas

China is about to become the largest theatrical box office in the world, yet only allows a limited number of foreign films to be imported each year. To overcome China’s film import quota and thereby gain access to the Chinese market, Hollywood studios have begun to engage in a range of collaborative ventures. In Feb 2016, Shanghai-based US-China joint venture Oriental DreamWorks released Kung Fu Panda 3, which went on to dominate the box office worldwide. Disney opened its first theme park in Chinaa USD 5.5 billion investment– a mere four months later. Cash-rich Chinese conglomerates like the Dalian Wanda Group have begun securing major stakes in foreign studios, spurring US government efforts to regulate foreign direct investment in Hollywood. Prof Aynne Kokas will deliver a talk that demonstrates how the growth of China’s media market is transforming Hollywood from the inside out.

23 August 2017
4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
National University of Singapore
Blk AS6, #03-41
CNM Meeting Room