CNM is proud to host Prof Sheizaf Rafaeli, Director of the Center of Internet Research at the University of Haifa, Israel. Prof Rafaeli is also the founding editor of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication (JCMC). We invite everyone in the NUS community to attend this talk and to also take the opportunity to interact with Prof Rafaeli.



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Research Talk – Online Collective Protest Behavior in China: Why, How, and what Effect?

The talk mainly focuses on the online collective protest behavior in China over the past decade. When it comes to protest in China, many scholars think this is very sensitive topic, which can easily pricks the political nerve of leaders. Actually, more and more Chinese scholars are beginning to study the protest of China, especially online collective protest behavior. And different levels of governments in China would like to offer money support for these researches over online collective protest behavior. Of course, some prudent officials without open minds still refuse to accept the interview invitation of research. Online collective protest behavior is becoming the one of the most important social issues, which is forcing local governments of China to adopt all kinds of ways to cope with the challenge of online protest.

The research aims to disclose real generation logistic of the online collective protest behavior through the quality method, and build the theoretical framework to explain online collective behavior in China. The general question is divided into three sub questions for finding deep logics, as follows: why, how, and what effect. Finally, speaker thinks growing protesters are beginning to choose the Internet to express their interest desires because constitutional mechanism of interest expressing always does not work efficiently, so that Internet has been regarded as the only one approach to express interest for many protestors. Though some of online protests with great effect, can been answered by the related department of government in a short time because drawing close attention from top leaders, but most difficultly escape the fate to sink in information sea of Internet. Importantly, in case of being ignored, protesters have been trying their best to attract cyber citizens’ gathering through extreme ways(even at the cost of making rumors), and their final goal is to force the top leaders to come out from behind and settle their problems directly. Speaker further thinks that though online collective protest behavior can bring the positive impact to politics, society, individual, and others during a short term, the positive impact will be replaced with negative effects gradually in a long run.

About the Speaker:

XiangyuChen Xiangyu is associate professor of Department of Advertising &Communication, Nanjing Forestry University of China, and doing research as a visiting scholar since last November at the Department of Communications &New Media, National University of Singapore. He obtained his Ph.D. in sociology and communication from Nanjing University of China in 2012. Dr Chen had three years of working experience for communist local newspaper before being a university teacher. His research covers collective action, political communication, new media and society, and Chinese behavior pattern, and the list. Recent years, he has been working on the research projects over the online protest in China, which are supported by National Social Science Fund of China and Humanity Social Science Fund of Chinese Education Ministry.


Date: 13 Nov  2015

Time: 1.00 PM

Venue: AS6, #03-33, CNM Meeting Room

RESEARCH TALK – A Replication of Channel Complementarity Theory among Internet Users in India

This article examined channel complementarity in health information seeking among Internet users in India. It posited that online users complementarily use different channels to search for health information, and hypothesized that age is an important moderator among different channels. Data regarding the consumption of 11 different channels was collected from nearly 1000 Internet users. The results demonstrated complementary use of different channels as health information sources in relationship to the Internet as a health information source, except for newspapers and family members. Moreover, not supporting our hypothesis regarding the sources of health information among online users, the Internet was surprisingly not the primary source of health information. We found that age is an important moderator of complementary relationships among various channels as health information sources, demonstrating that younger users were more likely to use greater numbers of channels complementarily as compared to older users. Contributions to channel complementarity and implications of research are discussed on the basis of the findings.

About the Speaker:

Julian LinJulian Lin is an assistant professor in the Department of Communications and New Media, National University of Singapore. His papers appear in Health Communication, International Journal of Human Computer Studies, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Computers in Human Behavior, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communications, ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, Leadership & Organization Development Journal, , among others. He has served as reviewers for journals and conferences such as MIS Quarterly and Information Systems Research. He also has served as an Associate Editor of HCI in ICIS 2011, and the program committee in Annual Workshop on HCI in MIS since 2008.


Date: 11 Nov  2015

Time: 3.00 PM

Venue: AS6, #03-33, CNM Meeting Room

MediaCorp Speaker Series – News Coverage in the Age of New Media

We are happy to partner with MediaCorp to bring you the MediaCorp Speaker Series. Starting Tuesday, 17 Nov 2015, this series aims to provide a platform where students can interact with and hear from industry experts about the media industry. In the very first talk, we explore how new media is changing the way news is covered by traditional media companies and the new roles played by traditional media such as TV and print  in bringing news to the masses. The talk will be followed by a networking lunch.

Please register your interest here look forward to seeing you at the talk.


RESEARCH TALK – Social media, framing and government-public relationships

Effective public relations aims to build relationships with multiple publics through the use of strategic communication. Social media, with its emphasis on interactivity and two-way communication, has impacted the way that public relations is carried out and has had a tremendous impact on the way that the government communicates with its citizens.  In particular, social media has enabled the flourishing of spaces for public discourse. However, not much research has looked into how these multiple avenues for discourse have enabled diverse interpretations of the same issue and what effect these different frames might have on audiences’ attitudes towards the issue and the government. This study examines the differential framing of an issue over mainstream and alternative media and the impact that it has on the public’s attitudes towards the issue and their relationship with the government, as well as on voting behaviour and support for government policy. It seeks to integrate the rich bodies of work in framing and relationship management theorizing in public relations, in the context of government public relations and the challenges thrown up by the emergence of alternative media.

About the Speaker:

TracyTracy Loh is part of the faculty at the Department of Communications and New Media, National University of Singapore. Her research focuses on the social psychology of computer-mediated communication, the effects of social media, risk perception and crisis communication as well as online decision-making, credibility and trust.  She teaches modules on social media in communication management, advertising strategies, and managing communication campaigns. Before entering academia, Dr Loh has also spent many years working in the fields of advertising, public relations and marketing communications.