Wendy Wong, a Masters research student and teaching assistant with CNM, has won a research scholarship to conduct part of her research on the socioemotional needs of older adults and their use of new media in South Korea. This scholarship is awarded to only six students from participating universities of the ASEAN Universities Network and Wendy is delighted to be one of them from NUS for 2012.
She will be conducting her research in Seoul, South Korea over the vacation period.
“Just fight. Nobody died. Everybody is safe.”
Reflections on studying youth, media and delinquency
Date & time:
Wed, 25 Jan, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
CNM Playroom, AS6, #03-38
11 Computing Drive
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
National University of Singapore
In this talk, I share my motivations for and experience of studying media use by an under-studied and marginalised youth population – juvenile delinquents and youths-at-risk – reflecting on the challenges I encountered at various stages of the research process. I will also present key findings relating to the relationship between media use and delinquency, notably, that fraternisation with delinquent peers and the mobilisation of friends for fights or substance abuse sessions seem to be facilitated by mobile phone and Internet connections. In addition, digital connections and participatory media appear to amplify negative peer influence and significantly, youths who try to make a clean break from their delinquent past find it challenging to make a fresh start in life given the persistence of their social networks. Whereas the dominant discourse on participatory media and Singaporean youth is that of the empowered self-learner who uses blogs and social networking sites in academically and socially productive ways, the experience of youths caught in the throes of delinquency and crime suggests engagement in participatory media that is potentially risky. For youths-at-risk, participatory media can become a platform through which they are unwittingly drawn into criminal behaviour, and post-rehabilitation, participatory media may offer an insidious route to recidivism.