Research Talk – Unpacking Public Sentiment toward the Government: How Government Communication Strategies Affect Public Engagement, Cynicism, and Word of Mouth Behaviour in South Korea

This study tests the relationships between two types of public sentiment toward the government, their antecedents and their outcomes. A Web survey was conducted in South Korea (N=1112) to understand citizens’ evaluations of their sentiments toward the government. The results show that perceived type of government communication strategy affects public engagement, public cynicism, and citizens’ positive and negative word of mouth behavior about government. Theoretical and empirical implications are discussed

About the Speaker:

soojinkim_0Dr Soojin Kim received her PhD from the Purdue University and is currently Assistant Professor of Corporate Communication at Lee Kong Chian School of Business – Singapore Management University (SMU). Her research interests are in the field of Strategic Management of Public Relations, Public Relations Strategies and Public Behaviours.



Time & Date: 3 p.m, Wed 17 Feb 2016

Venue: AS6-03-33, CNM Meeting Room

Research Talk – Digital Naturalism: Creating a design framework to support digital field biology

Digital Naturalism ( investigates the role that digital media can play for biological field work. It looks to uphold the naturalistic values of wilderness exploration, while investigating the new abilities offered by digital technology. Collaborations are growing between biologists, designers, engineers, and artists. This work provides a framework to facilitate all these participants in building and analyzing their own devices for exploring and sharing nature. This talk aims to quickly share many of the ideas that have developed over the past several years of this research. The target is that both scientists and digital designers may benefit from the theory and its resulting design guidelines presented with illustrated examples. Hopefully more will be inspired to push digital media out of the lab and into the wild.

About the Speaker

Andy-Quitmeyer-Headshot-SMALLDr. Andy Quitmeyer is a polymath adventurer studying intersections between wild animals and digital devices. His PhD research in “Digital Naturalism” from Georgia Tech blends biological fieldwork and DIY digital crafting. This work has taken him through the wilds of Panama and Madagascar where he’s run workshops with diverse groups of scientists, artists, designers, and engineers.  Recently, he has been running series of “Hiking Hacks” around the world where participants build technology entirely in the wild for interacting with nature.

He’s also adapted some of the research to exploring human sexuality with his Open Source Sex Technology startup Comingle. He is the winner of several design awards and his trans-disciplinary, multimedia projects have been featured in Wired, PBS, NPR, The Discovery Channel, Cartoon Network, Make Magazine, The Economist, Fast Company, Gizmodo, along with other print and digital internet news and educational sources.

Time & Date: 3 p.m, Wed 10 Feb 2016

Venue: AS6-03-33, CNM Meeting Room


Research Talk – Large Screens as Intimate Interfaces: From Media Convergence and Creative Clusters to Cultural Participation and Transnational Publics

From protest projections, commercial LED billboards, to public broadcasting and information terminals, large screens have become a dominant feature in contemporary global visual culture. They decenter the phenomenology of the cinematic screen and provide an embodied experience of interactivity that enhances local cultural participation and intercultural communication. This paper will first map the development of large screens through the frameworks of urban regeneration, cultural policy, media convergence and public communication, and consider the potential of the networked screen as a transnational public sphere.  By framing the large screen as a site for transmission and exchange, as well as constituting new identities, this paper will further show how the large screen functions as an interface for new public and transnational intimacies. It will use three telematic media art events staged and broadcasted on two large screens in Melbourne (Australia) and Seoul (South Korea) to consider how these events produce new practices of interaction that allow audiences in both cities to connect and communicate, and transform their modes of embodiment. Transnational intimacy, as a form of postcolonial intimacy (Dirlik; Stoler), is evident through how connecting and communicating create the proximities of personhood and the inequalities that these may produce in the encounter of the exchange. Public intimacy, as a public mode of identification (Berlant), is evident through how embodiment exposes the dominant symbolic and material conditions that create compliant subjects who fulfill and haunt the fantasy of national identity. Mobilising ethnography and audience reception studies, and critically contextualizing the two sites against the specificities of their cultural logics, this paper shows how the transnational large screen is an intimate contact zone for unraveling the contemporary cultural politics between Australia and South Korea.

Time: 3 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, 27 Jan 2016

Venue: CNM Meeting Room AS6-03-33

About the Speaker:

DAudrey Huer Audrey Yue is Assoc Prof at The School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. Her research covers the fields of Asian media and cultural policy, diasporic cultures and sexuality studies.


Research Talk – Spearphishing: The single biggest threat to cybersecurity and how we can combat it

Every major breach in recent years, from the Sony Picture Entertainment hack, where hackers released sensitive insider information, to the Office of Personnel Management breach, where 20 million federal government employee records were compromised, began with a phishing attack. Phishing is the proverbial “tip of the spear” used by cyber criminals to get a foothold into an organization’s networks. It has been used for crimes ranging from identity and intellectual property theft to financial fraud, cyber espionage, and hacktivism, and is today the single biggest threat to cyber security.

This presentation provides an in-depth view of how phishing works and how hackers utilize it to infiltrate networks. It then presents the extant strategies being used to combat phishing and their relative effectiveness. The talk subsequently presents a theoretical model, the Suspicion, Cognition, Automaticity Model of Phishing Susceptibility (SCAM), which accounts for conscious cognitions as well as automatic habitual patterns of media use that lead to individual deception through phishing. Data from a number of “red team” type experiments using the SCAM’s framework are used to why explain today’s interventions are not as effective at combating phishing. The presentation culminates with suggestions on the future of cyber security and strategies to better protect it.

Time: 3 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, 03 Feb 2016

Venue: CNM Meeting Room AS6-03-33

About the SpeakerArun Viswanath

Arun Vishwanath, Ph.D., MBA, is Associate Professor of Communication at the University at Buffalo. His research is on the diffusion, adoption, utilization, and mis-utilization of information technology. His present focus is on phishing and spoofing attacks and on finding ways to mitigate them. This work has led to an understanding of the joint role of conscious cognitions and automatic habits in determining individual victimization through such attacks. He is presently developing strategies for mitigating breaches and interventions that lead to better cyber hygiene.

Arun has authored over two dozen peer-reviewed research papers and his opinions on cybersecurity have been featured on CNN, BBC World News, The Conversation, The World Economic Forum, USA Today, and a host of other media outlets.  His research on phishing is currently funded by the National Science Foundation and he is also working with teams from the NSA, NIST, DHS, and The White House’s OSTP in testing strategies for better protecting computer networks in the federal government.

Research Talk- Researching new media in Asia: some observations on ‘context’

One of the persistent challenges that can be said to confront Asian media scholars is with regard to the applicability of Euro-American concepts and theories to local research contexts. While some of the theories that engage with current developments in new media may have global validity, the methodologies and frameworks that they have inspired tend to pre-determine the questions that can be asked and overlook the diversity of human experience in the production, use, and consumption of new media, in particular in postcolonial situations. The challenge therefore, is to both critically examine the Euro-American-centrism that is intrinsic to the majority of these propositions, while at the same time avoiding the risk of relativism, the dangers of domesticating research and theory to such an extent that it inhibits scholarly dialogue and theory development. Building on Dipesh Chakrabarty’s insights in Provincializing Europe, in particular his development, based on Marx’s examination of history and capital, of the notion of ‘History 1 and History 2’, and also on Doreen Massey’s thesis on ‘power-geometry’ and the sociality of space that helped radicalise human geography, this talk seeks to demonstrate the ways in which the reconceptualisation of ‘contexts’ – cultural economic, politico-temporal, socio-spatial, and academic – could offer a corrective to the purported universalism of existing concepts, make them more relevant to local situations, and avoid unproductive relativism.

Time: 3 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, 20 Jan 2016

Venue: CNM Meeting Room AS6-03-33

About the Speaker

Ramaswami Harindranath

Harindranath gained his PhD at the University of Leicester, UK, and has previously held teaching and research positions at the University of Melbourne and in various universities in India, the UK, and Malaysia. He has had Visiting Fellowships at Brown University (USA), the University of Helsinki, and Oxford University, and is an Honorary Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. In 2011 he was Principal Research Fellow at the University of Queensland. He was offered a Visiting Professorship at Brown University in early 2012, which he has deferred to a later date. Hari is a co-editor of the journal Postcolonial Studies.

CNM welcomes Dr Barbara F. Sharf

Barbara-SharfCNM welcomes U.S. Fulbright Scholar and Professor Emerita from the Department of Communication at Texas A&M University, Dr Barbara F. Sharf. Dr Sharf who visited CNM two years back, will be with us for the next two months.  She is a  qualitative health communication scholar whose research has explored patient-physician communication; patients’ experiences of illness; breast cancer communication; the impact of communication on health disparities related to race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status and geographic location; and most recently, integrative forms of health care in the U.S. Her approach to her studies uses narrative inquiry and other variants of interpretive research.  She is co-author/editor (with J. Yamasaki & P. Geist-Martin) of the soon-to-be-published Storied Health and Illness: Communicating Personal, Cultural and Political Complexities.


Pitch It! is back

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Pitch it! The annual inter-varsity advertising and marketing competition is back. The competition organised by the CNM Society will start from 13 Feb 2016 and end on 9 Apr 2016 and is open to all tertiary institutions in Singapore. Participants will be given a real-life problem scenario by MediaCorp and asked to propose creative solutions to the problem. Participants will also have the opportunity to pick the creative brains of mentors from Ogivly & Mather (Singapore) who is partnering with CNM Society, to create a wholesome learning experience for participants. Winning teams will receive attractive prizes of up to $1,000, and a budget of $10,000 to implement the marketing proposal.

PitchIt 2016 Mailer

Registrations are now open and those interested can sign up individually or as a team of 3-5 members. For further details or to register visit