CARE Research Talk: Critical Digital Health Studies, Now And In The Future- Presented By Professor Deborah Lupton


Digital technologies have risen to meet the challenge of delivering better healthcare, containing medical costs and getting people to engage more actively in the promotion of health, fitness, well-being as well as self-care for chronic conditions. In medical journals, public health literature, industry forums and ministries, discussion has been intense, but mired in an overly utopian and individualistic approach to digital health technologies. In this talk, Professor Deborah Lupton will outline what defines critical digital health studies, in which the socio-cultural, ethical and political implications are identified. She will then delve into her current research, and share some ideas to shape the future of digital health studies.


Deborah Lupton is Centenary Research Professor in the News & Media Research Centre, Faculty of Arts & Design, University of Canberra. She is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, leader of the Smart Technology Living Lab at the University of Canberra, and the co-leader of the Digital Data & Society Consortium. Her latest books are Digital Sociology (Routledge, 2015), The Quantified Self (Polity, 2016) and Digital Health (Routledge, 2017), as well as the edited volumes Digitised Health, Medicine and Risk (Routledge, 2016), The Digital Academic (Routledge, 2017, co-edited with Inger Mewburn and Pat Thomson) and Self-Tracking, Health and Medicine (2017). Her current research interests all involve aspects of digital sociology: digital health, digital data cultures, self-tracking practices, digital food cultures, digitised academia, and the digital surveillance of children and young people.

19 January 2018
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
National University of Singapore

Blk AS6, #03-38, CNM Playroom
Lecture Theatre 10 (Beside the Arts Canteen)

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The New Paper: NUS Communications and New Media’s Groundbreaking Module on Fake News Featured

NUS’ Department of Communications and New Media’s groundbreaking module- NM2303 Fake News, Lies and Spin: How to Sift Fact From Fiction– is featured in the New Paper. To fight fake news, tertiary institutions have introduced lessons to help students differentiate fact from fiction. Three polytechnics and three universities told The … Continue reading

CNM Research Talk: Reality Television As Global Form- Presented By Associate Professor Biswarup Sen


Reality television has become an important part of popular culture. In recent decades, reality shows like American Idol, Big Brother, Survivor and Donald Trump’s The Apprentice have attracted a worldwide audience, adding to more traditional forms of fictional storytelling associated with the novel, cinema and broadcast entertainment. Reality TV is a distinct kind of cultural phenomenon, one that is based on the uniqueness of the format, crossing borders in terms of production and distribution, and structurally constituted by the logic of neo-liberal subject formation. It serves as a global form that helps us understand the cultural impact of globalisation.


Associate Professor Biswarup Sen has been teaching as an adjunct instructor at the School of Journalism and Communication since 2004.

He worked as a journalist in India before coming to the United States for graduate work in journalism and communication. He taught for several years in the Department of English, General Literature, and Rhetoric at the State University of New York, Binghamton, where he was a member of the University Diversity Task Force and served as an advisor to the student-run Harpur Academic Review. He has also worked as a consultant for a marketing firm and an internet-based company and as a communications specialist for nonprofit organizations.

17 January 2018
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

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

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CNM Executive Education: The Nuts And Bolts of Science Communication

WHY YOU NEED TO ATTEND: Public engagement in science has emerged as the new frontier in policy circles, among scientists as well as professionals whose jobs are to effectively communicate science-related topics to non-experts . Although there have been a number of ongoing initiatives on this, there exists discrepancy in the understanding of concept, how it is operationalised, and how it is approached in the various communities of practice.

The 2-day course aims to provide its participants with in-depth understanding on the key debates and conceptual challenges in public engagement with science.

7 – 8 December 2017
9:00 am – 5:00 PM
@ Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
National University of Singapore
Block AS6, #03-38, CNM Meeting Room

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Opinion: Social media and political polarisation in India- By Taberez Ahmed Neyazi

Assistant Professor Taberez Ahmed Neyazi observes that the high ideals of social media are slowly being eroded by toxic debates. He discusses the situation in India:

WHAT we traditionally understand as political polarization in the form of tough and negative rhetoric on the campaign trail that we assume is exacerbated by social media, is common during election campaigns by political parties. However, this polarization continues to thrive outside of election campaign periods among certain groups and is becoming much more evident in daily conversation on social media. The earlier promise that the internet and social media would offer space to marginalized groups and expand democratic deliberations seems to be giving way to more toxic debates. Similarly, research from the US and Europe suggests that the actors who were empowered in the mass media era remain the same in the digital media era, and hence, the same advantages and disadvantages that exist politically offline are being reproduced online.


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Team from NUS Communications and New Media Emerges as Champions for Pitch It 2017

The winners of Pitch It 2017 with the panel of judges from CNM, Visa Inc and BBDO Singapore.

By Deanne Galica

A team consisting of NUS Communications and New Media (CNM) students have emerged as the champion for Pitch It! 2017 after the grand finals held on November 10. Pitch It! 2017 is a tertiary-wide marketing competition organised by the CNM Society. This year, Pitch It! was organised in collaboration with Visa Inc and BBDO. The participating teams put together an integrated marketing campaign to address a challenge posed by Visa Inc.

After an elimination round, Visa Inc chose the top five teams who were then mentored by BBDO to refine their pitches. The challenge posed by VISA was – What can VISA do to shift brand perception from a credit card company to an innovative digital payment company amongst the Millennials?

In their campaign, the teams had to feature a wearable that showcases Visa Inc’s innovative digital payment capabilities.

The Winning Pitch

The winning pitch was a campaign titled #IAMVISA which aims to show how Visa can be a part of every millennial’s lifestyle. Their campaign was inspired by Calvin Klein’s 2016 Fall #mycalvins campaign. #IAMVISA features a playful take on VISA with each letter taking on a personality type –

V for Versatile
I for Intellectual
S for Simplistic
A for Adventurous

Phase One is a social media campaign featuring the different personality types to introduce #IAMVISA and act as a pretext for the next phase of the campaign.

Phase Two is a festival inspired by Art Box where attendees can pay using a temporary tattoo embedded with a VISA chip that flaunts VISA Inc’s digital payment innovation. The festival will be held across two weekends with each day featuring one personality type. Each personality type will be tied to a charity organisations and 10% of proceeds from the festival will be donated to these organisations.

Phase Three incorporates the different personality type into VISA cards with each card featuring a personality type.

The panel of judges consisting of personnel from CNM, VISA Inc and BBDO, unanimously chose the winning pitch. The judges were impressed with the cohesiveness of the winning team’s multi-pronged approach, backed by insightful research.

The Champions

The winning team consists of Cory Cheang Yi Jun, Pang Hui Ping, Taylor Chia Shi-Yen, Isabelle Anastasia Tan Yinn Lyn and Alvarez Brielle Clavel. All of whom are in their second year.

“The greatest difficulty we faced was juggling between school work and the competition,” said Cheang.

The winners walked away with an iPad Mini 4 each.

The Organisers

Behind the success of Pitch It! 2017 is the CNM Society. Led by Jasmine Chong and Deanne Galicia, Pitch It! was the biggest project for the society. The organisers faced setbacks initially with difficulty in securing partnerships with organisations. The partnership with Visa Inc was eventually secured with the help of an alumni.

“The competition was a year in the making. It was a huge undertaking! We reached out to many organisations and faced a lot of rejection. The real work hit us when we finally secured a partner client. From doing school visits to other tertiary institutions to managing communications with all parties involved. We spent countless hours planning everything to the last detail. In the end, it was all worth it because we truly believe Pitch It! is an incredible learning experience. Even [the planning committee] learnt a lot!” said Chong.

Pitch It! 2018 is under way and the planning has already begun. For the next edition, the CNM Society is looking to tap into the Institute of Public Relations Singapore and CNM’s Industry Advisory Council to find a partner client.

More about Pitch It! 2017

Pitch It! 2017 is the third edition of the competition. Past clients include Singapore Press Holdings and Mediacorp. This year, students from National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Management University, Singapore University of Social Sciences, Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic, Nanyang Polytechnic and General Assembly participated in the competition. There were 23 teams and a total of 107 participants.

Catch more of Pitch It! 2017 at the official gallery.

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Keynote: Dr Raka Shome To Speak at Goldsmith College London

Dr Raka Shome will be delivering a keynote talk- When Postcolonical Studies Meets Media Studies– at Goldsmiths College London, on 27 November 2017.  Her talk is sponsored by MECCSA‘s (Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association of, UK) Race and Postcolonial Research Network, Centre for Feminist Research and Critical Race Studies, … Continue reading

Professor Mohan J. Dutta Wins The National Communication Association Outstanding Health Communication Scholar Award

The National Communication Association’s Outstanding Health Communication Scholar Award is given out to the best health communication researcher, recognizing the lasting contributions made to health communication. The Outstanding Health Communication Scholar Award recognizes a significant and original contribution, in the form of a monograph, book, and/or program of research, to … Continue reading

Student Showcase: Using Data To Present Data-Driven Narratives and Stories

You know better. Data analysis isn’t just a nice graph on a PowerPoint slide

In designing apps and solutions, as well as understanding the information needs of users, data analysis remains an important but neglected process. Often, data is either spread across websites, locked in databases, or arrayed in enormous text files that are too large to obtain and process manually.

Students from the NM3239 RETRIEVE, EXTRACT AND ANALYSE DATA module demonstrate the true value of data analysis by presenting projects that apply statistical software and the data science process to express hidden insights, compelling stories and meaningful visualisations.

Date: 17 Nov 2017
Time: 12:00 NOON – 2:00 PM
Venue: Faculty of Arts and Social Science, Block AS7, #01-19

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Student Showcase: Sungei Road Thieves Market- Deleted

On 10 July 2017, authorities moved to shut down the venerable Sungei Road Thieves Market. The sprawling area had been slated for future development…

Now, join students from the NM3226 LOCATION-SPECIFIC INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCES module as they present projects they have been working on in the last semester to capture the traumatic closure of the Sungei Road Thieves Market.

Date: 15 Nov 2017
Time: Projects Presentation: 6:00 PM | Posters Exhibition: 7:30 PM
Venue: Faculty of Arts and Social Science, Block AS1, #03-04

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CNM Dialogues In Comms- The Role of Moral Emotions in Environmental Risk Communication: The Case of Environmental Victim Portrayals

Mr Hang Lu will facilitate a discussion on:

The Role of Moral Emotions in Environmental Risk Communication: The Case of Environmental Victim Portrayals

As both local and global environments experience rapid change, we have seen an increasing number of environmental victims depicted in the media. As a powerful driver of human actions, moral emotions—such as anger, compassion, and guilt—influence how we respond to these portrayals, including which actions we choose to take with regards to victims’ suffering.

In this talk, Hang will discuss the role that moral emotions play in influencing how audience members respond to messages about environmental victims. He will present findings from three experimental studies illustrating how a range of moral emotions, elicited from different sources and at different time points, shape reactions to environmental victims. He will conclude by considering implications of appealing to moral emotions in strategic environmental risk messaging as well as future directions for research in this emerging area.

DATE: Wednesday, 15 Nov 2017
TIME: 4:30 PM
VENUE: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Block AS6, #03-33, CNM Meeting Room

CNM Dialogues In Comms- The communication of and public opinion about risk, science and the environment: a multidimensional approach

Dr Silje Kristiansen will facilitate a discussion on:

The communication of and public opinion about risk, science and the environment: a multidimensional approach

Silje Kristiansen studies risk, science and environmental communication from different perspectives. In her risk coverage studies she applies a multidimensional risk construct to media treatments of different types of risk over long periods of coverage. In her PhD she tracks how the risk coverage developed in the Swiss print media after the nuclear energy accident in Fukushima, and identifies risk coverage attention phases. One of her studies looks at Swiss attitudes to nuclear energy and identifies risk perception as the strongest predictor of public opinion.

In recent work Kristiansen analyses how the US media cover different risk dimensions of different low-carbon emitting energy technologies including nuclear, solar, wind and fracking. In her presentation she will also show her research on public attitudes towards science, and on how ‘digital-born’ media differ from legacy media in their coverage of climate change.

DATE: Monday, 13 Nov 2017
TIME: 3:30 PM
VENUE: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Block AS6, #03-33, CNM Meeting Room

CNM Dialogues In Comms- Reducing Health Risk Disparities: Describing the Social Processes of Health Decision-making and Developing Culturally Appropriate Health Messages

Assistant Professor Yu Lu will facilitate a discussion on:

Reducing Health Risk Disparities: Describing the Social Processes of Health Decision-making and Developing Culturally Appropriate Health Messages

The development and implementations of successful health programs and interventions has evidenced improved health outcomes for many.  However, the success is not uniformly realized and certain groups (e.g., racial/ethnic minority groups, developing countries) suffer from heightened health risks. To address health risk disparities, it is important to examine and describe the social processes of health decision-making and, based on this knowledge, develop culturally appropriate, effective messages to promote positive health behaviour changes in targeted populations.

This talk will introduce three research projects that aim to address health risk disparities across multiple populations (i.e., Americans, Chinese immigrants, and Kenyans). This work lays the ground for continued efforts to develop culturally appropriate health messages in order to reduce health risk disparities.


DATE: Tuesday, 14 Nov 2017
TIME: 5:00 PM
VENUE: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Block AS6, #03-33, CNM Meeting Room

Opinion: Harassment, Silences and Indian Academia- by Mohan J Dutta

Professor Mohan J Dutta writes a powerful piece about sexual harassment and the criminal silence that frequently follows:

The story of Chuni Kotal of Gohaldohi village haunts me.

Each time I remember the story, I, an upper caste, upper class, heterosexual male who has built my career from fieldwork in these haunted spaces of Paschim Midnapur, writing stories of hunger and suffering, feel the pain and the shame, and the sense of my own caste complicity crawls up my skin.

I was 19 when Kotal committed suicide in my hometown, Kharagpur, a few miles from where I was studying at the elite Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).

As the first woman from her long-stigmatised community to attend college, Kotal struggled through the everyday racisms that are built into progressive performing Bengali bhadralok society.

Kotal, a young Adivasi and the first woman graduate among her tribe of the Lodha Shavars, committed suicide on August 16, 1992 at the age of 27.

The cause of Kotal’s death: the ongoing caste-based harassment and discrimination she faced in various academic institutions, and more proximately, in her telling, at the hands of her professor, Falguni Chakarvarti, at Vidyasagar University. At the time of her death, Kotal was pursuing her MA in anthropology.

Harassment, Silences and Indian Academia

CNM Dialogues In Comms- Politically Entertained: Entertainment Media and Political Public Relations

Assistant Professor Azmat Rasul will facilitate a discussion on:

Politically Entertained: Entertainment Media and Political Public Relations

Political public relations is the art of positively changing public perceptions of political leaders in democratic societies, as public relations is a natural ally of politics. To influence public perception, political organizations have public relations experts dedicated to ensuring a politician appears in the best light possible, whether in the media or at public events. Entertainment programs are one of the most convenient vehicles used to cultivate positive perceptions of politicians and attract attention of the voters. Recent academic literature suggests that young voters acquire information about political candidates through various genres of entertainment. To examine the effects of entertainment narratives on political knowledge gain and attitude change in audiences of fictionalized accounts of female politicians, I collected data from 310 participants and the results indicated that political knowledge significantly increased and general attitudes towards female politicians became more positive after exposure to biographical political movies. A proposed SEM model of the political entertainment effects process indicated that initial political knowledge transported the audience into the biographical narrative. Increased transportation was associated with greater enjoyment, as well as political knowledge gain and more positive attitudes towards female politicians. This study contributed to the existing literature on political public relations by suggesting that fictional entertainment could be used as an effective public relations tool to change political attitudes.

In another study, I examined the effects of Facebook use on political attitudes, as social media and the Internet have added a new layer to public relations and political campaigns. Candidates need a social media strategy to keep them in the minds of voters. For example, Hillary Clinton’s campaign has been creating easy-to-share social media posts to describe her student loan policies. I was interested in examining if the new and interactive modes of communication were influencing political attitudes of young voters. Data collected from 242 young adults indicated that Facebook use was positively and significantly related to various political attitudes. Facebook use led to heightened levels of political self-efficacy and political support, while political self-efficacy mediated the relationship between Facebook use and political participation among young adults. The findings suggested that use of social media platforms led to political well-being of young publics, and enhanced efficacy of the public relations strategies in political campaigns. In accordance with recent literature in political public relations, my study suggested that social media and digital space will continue to be of critical importance to the public relations practitioners.

DATE: Wednesday, 8 Nov 2017
TIME: 3:30 PM
VENUE: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Block AS6, #03-33, CNM Meeting Room

CNM Dialogues In Comms- Mortal vs Machine: Towards an Understanding of Human-Human Communication and Human-Automation Communication in Management Decision-Making

Mr Andrew Prahl will facilitate a discussion on:

Mortal vs Machine: Towards an Understanding of Human-Human Communication and Human-Automation Communication in Management Decision-Making

Automation is playing a larger role in organizations every day. Many roles once performed by humans are now performed, or supplemented, by advanced forms of automation that allow decision-makers receive advice on important decisions without interacting with another human. This talk covers recent research on the phenomenon, including the organizational communication and social psychological consequences of automated advice. Empirical research will be presented as well as a future research agenda designed to keep pace with the rapid advance of automation, including “social” and “moral” automation.



DATE: Wednesday, 8 Nov 2017
TIME: 4:30 PM
VENUE: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Block AS6, #03-33, CNM Meeting Room

CNM Dialogues In Comms- The Role of Culture and Message Design in the Context of Family Health History Communication

Assistant Professor Soo Jung Hong will facilitate a discussion on:

The Role of Culture and Message Design in the Context of Family Health History Communication

Knowing about familial disease risk is essential for accurate risk assessment, the effective prevention of disease, and the reduction of disease risks. Communicating family history can be affected by regulatory barriers that lead individuals to resist sharing this information. In my research presentation, I will talk about the role of culture and designing cultural narrative evidence within the context of family health history (FHH) communication. After introducing the context of research briefly, my presentation will first cover the overarching theoretical perspectives that guide the method and result sections of this study. This section includes socio-cultural influences on FHH communication, and theoretical foundations for designing and testing cultural narrative messages. Then, I will briefly present research procedures that include the three phases of a formative research, a pilot study, and a randomized trial. The results of this presentation will answer three research questions regarding 1) The influences of socio-cultural norms and family/privacy boundaries on FHH communication; 2) The influences of spiritual and religious tendencies and genetic determinism on FHH communication, and 3) The differences in the processing of cultural narrative evidence about FHH communication across cultures and message conditions. Finally, my talk will briefly cover my current and future research regarding genetic and cancer risk communication and culture.

DATE: Thursday, 9 Nov 2017
TIME: 4:00 PM
VENUE: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Block AS6, #03-33, CNM Meeting Room

Student Showcase: CNM Students Work With NUS Office of Student Affairs To Spread Care And Encouragement

With the semester peaking and exams coming ever closer, it’s normal to see students rushing from one class to another, intent looks on faces. Which is why the Office of Student Affairs‘ Student Support Services partnered students from the Communications and New Media department to develop a campaign heartwarmingly called … Continue reading