Latest Prints – Communication Policy & Research



2 Superconnected : the Internet, digital media, and techno-social life
Chayko, Mary.
SAGE, 2017
Call No: HM851.C512
2 Open Codes : Skills, Participation and Democracy in New Technology Development
Nicolosi, Guido.
Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015
Call No: HM846.N651
3 Statistics and data analytics for health data management
Davis, Nadinia A.
Elsevier, 2017
Call No: RA409.D263
4 Media power in Hong Kong : hyper-marketized media and cultural resistance
Cheung, Charles Chi-wai.
Routledge, 2016
Call No: P92.H6C526
5 Samsung, media empire and family : a power web
Kim, Chunhyo.
Routledge, 2016
Call No: P96.E252K49
6 The voice and its doubles : media and music in Northern Australia
Fisher, Daniel.
Duke University Press, 2016
Call No: P94.5.A852F533
7 Communication audit in globally integrated R&D project teams : a linguistic perspective
Alnajjar, Justyna.
Peter Lang, 2016
Call No: P93.55.A452
8 Invitation to human communication
Griffin, Cindy L.
Cengage Learning, 2017
Call No: P90.G851t
9 The intersectional Internet : race, sex, class and culture online
Noble, Safiya Umoja.
Peter Lang, 2016
Call No: HM851.I61nrs
9 Screening the nonhuman : representations of animal others in the media
George, Amber E.
Lexington Books, 2016
Call No: P96.A53S433




Fantascope is the name of one of the first devices used to view moving images in the 19 centuries, and the pre cursor of today’s film projector.  So every month this section of the blog will look at news from the movie industry.

This month we address a recent controversy over the remake of the Ghostbusters film. If you haven’t seen the movie or heard about the controversy, the issue that shook up many fans of the original film was that the Ghostbusters are now all played by women. The original line up was all men.

I confess I am a fan of the original movie and finding out about the all women cast only wanted to make me watch it more. So what’s the big deal?

Well to many devoted fans, this is a contradiction of the original movie. Sure the characters are still smart, funny and chasing ghost, just that now they have an option to where skirts or dress.

How does changing the sex of the original cast take away anything from the movie or story line? Would it make a difference if all the Avengers were women? What a James Bond that was of an African descendant?


A film with a cult following can have such a dramatic affect, especially when a remake is done. There are various examples of this in movies like Star Wars and Star Trek. And there is a debate if you should even attempt to remake a classic, like Ben-Hur (for those of you who may not know this but the original Ben Hur was produced in 1959, and it became an epic movie).

What is your take on the Ghostbusters? If there is really something wrong in your neighborhood, would you still call the Ghostbusters?

Through the Airwaves – Don’t put all your eggs into one basket


Through the Airwaves is a section of the Communication and Information blog which will look at one interesting subject related to the broadcast industry. This month we look at the television programming.

So what if you have a hit show? If you realise shows don’t last forever. After a while audience either lose interest or the cast lose interest or worse yet, the writer lose interest.

You have seen it happen to may your favourite shows from Glee to the X-Files, sustaining a hot show is not that easy.

In a recent article, HBO is now, trying to figure out their next strategy for sustaining programs. They are flying high with Game of Thrones, but when this show ends (and it seems it is coming to that soon) how will they garner a new hit.

Programming for a network is like a chess game, you need to know what to place where and then how to move the programs around for better impact.

Then of course there is deciding what show will succeed and fall flat, if I told pitch to you a show about a bunch or highly intelligent researchers navigating through life as a comedy, would you give me money to make that show. (I am talking about the hit comedy series, The Big Bang Theory, of course).

Is there a certain science to broadcast programming or do you just go with that ‘gut feeling’ when it comes to selecting the shows? If you were given a chance to run an entire TV station, what would you schedule?

Campaign Eye – Harley Davidson (Japan)


With Campaign Eye, each month we will look at one campaign which is using an interesting way to promote their product or service.

This month let’s take a look at the Harley Davidson’s Campaign in Japan, where they are trying to get younger riders hook onto the Harley experience.

In line with Harley Davidson’s spirit of freedom on the open road, the campaign uses this very same ideology and reconnects it to a younger audience. To do this they are offering loans of their motorbikes for the weekend to take a break. This seems especially appealing to the young Japanese executive who have a heavy work schedule.

But will this be enough to get a younger demographic hooked? Changing brand perception is not an easy thing, nor is getting an entire new demographic to buy into your brand.

Will you take a ride with Harley?

Choice Picks for Media Folks – July Issue 4

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in — Issue 4 covers 21-29 July 16.

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Mediacorp celebrates outstanding journalism at 2016 Mediacorp News Awards
Channel NewsAsia, 11:06, 29 July 2016, 456 words, (English)
SINGAPORE: Mediacorp honoured some of the best journalistic works across its news platforms – on television, radio, print and online – at the 2016 Mediacorp News Awards Gala on Thursday evening (28 Jul).

Twitter turns to video ads to boost ailing growth ; Company is betting on live streaming content in the face of poor revenue, audience growth
TODAY, 28 July 2016, 741 words, (English)
SAN FRANCISCO — This week brought a stark reminder of what can happen to Internet businesses that are overtaken by rivals: Yahoo, an iconic Web company that lost out to Facebook and Google, agreed to sell its core Internet operations to

ST retains position as top newspaper to reach audience
The Straits Times, 26 July 2016, 356 words, (English)
The Straits Times (ST) has retained its top spot as Singapore’s newspaper of the year in an annual survey conducted by Marketing magazine, a monthly publication on advertising and marketing in Asia.

Primer; Can social media use be negotiated sensibly?
The Straits Times, 25 July 2016, 1411 words, Daryl Chin, (English)
This is the eleventh of 12 primers on various current affairs issues, published as part of the outreach programme for The Straits Times-Ministry of Education National Current Affairs Quiz.

Drive your car and get paid… for ads
The Straits Times, 25 July 2016, 797 words, Toh Yong ChuanSenior Correspondent, (English)
Local ad start-up says it has 1,000 private car drivers willing to ‘rent out’ ad space for a fee
A local advertising agency is reviving the idea of turning private cars into advertising billboards.

Fans eager for launch of Pokemon Go here, but trespassers beware
The Straits Times, 24 July 2016, 542 words, Irene Tham, (English)
With Pokemon Go’s debut in Japan on Friday, Singapore fans of the wildly popular game expect it to be launched here soon and are getting ready and set to go.

Relations within the home is a recurring theme among youth film-makers
TODAY, 22 July 2016, 916 words, Reena Devi , (English)
Singapore — A recently widowed taxi driver dies in a tragic car accident and ends up striking a deal with an underworld minion to find a missing soul. In exchange, he gets to see his young daughter one last time.

Latest Prints – Communication Policy & Research



2 Visual methodologies : an introduction to researching with visual materials
Rose, Gillian.
SAGE Publications Ltd, 2016
Call No: P93.5.R796 2016
2 Fantasy sports and the changing sports media industry : media, players, and society
Bowman, Nicholas David.
Lexington Books, 2016
Call No: GV1202.F35F216
3 The closing of the net
Horten, Monica.
Polity Press, 2016
Call No: HM851.H822
4 Culture’s software : communication styles
Brzozowska, Dorota.
Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015
Call No: P90.C968
5 Doing real research : a practical guide to social research
Jensen, Eric Allen.
SAGE, 2016
Call No: H62.J54
6 The new heroines : female embodiment and technology in 21st-century popular culture
Wright, Katheryn Denise.
Praeger, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2016
Call No: P94.5.W65W951
7 How fantasy becomes reality : information and entertainment media in everyday life
Dill-Shackleford, Karen.
Oxford University Press, 2016
Call No: HM1206.D578 2016
8 Converging media : a new introduction to mass communication
Pavlik, John V. (John Vernon).
Oxford University Press, 2017
Call No: P90.P338 2017
9 The inbox : understanding and maximizing student-instructor email
Ewald, Jennifer.
Equinox, 2016
Call No: P211.4.E94
9 Digital media and innovation : management and design strategies in communication
Gershon, Richard A.
SAGE Publications, 2017
Call No: P96.M34G381


Choice Picks for Media Folks – July Issue 3

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in — Issue 3 covers 14-20 July 16.

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Pop Culture; New rule on R21 content reflects changing media landscape
The Straits Times, 20 July 2016, 815 words, John Lui, (English)
Low-key announcement by the Media Development Authority speaks volumes about how content classification must adapt to changing TV viewing habits

The outdated notion of nationalism in a globalised world: The China Post
The Straits Times, 19 July 2016, 685 words, (English)
In its editorial on July 19, the paper argues that the world needs leaders who can unite, not divide.
After the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague ruled against China’s sovereignty claim in the South China Sea, a person posted

China’s online retailers move into real world
The Straits Times, 18 July 2016, 631 words, Chong Koh Ping, China Correspondent In Shanghai, (English)
Boom in O2O market as e-players seek new areas of growth
Ms Sara Xue is a fan of a new supermarket in the eastern city fringe of Shanghai, in the Pudong district.

Apple proposes simpler songwriting royalties for streaming
TODAY, 18 July 2016, 650 words, (English)
NEW YORK — In the music industry’s streaming battles, the fight extends to even the minutiae of copyright.
Apple, in a government filing on Friday, proposed simplifying the highly complex way songwriting royalties are paid when it comes to

Newspapers, free-to-air TV top consumer satisfaction rankings
TODAY, 15 July 2016, 584 words, Laura Elizabeth Philomin, (English)
SINGAPORE — Newspapers outranked other media services such as websites and television, in terms of consumer satisfaction with content quality, a study showed, while Mediacorp’s free-to-air TV and over-the-top platform (Toggle) also came out

More children used social media in 2015: MDA
Channel NewsAsia, 15:08, 14 July 2016, 317 words, (English)
SINGAPORE: The number of children who used social media in 2015 saw a sharp jump from the previous year, according to a study by the Media Development Authority (MDA).

Online streaming services have the highest viewership among millennials: MDA survey
The Straits Times, 14 July 2016, 257 words, Irene Tham, (English)
SINGAPORE – Streaming movies and shows over the Internet has become a norm in Singapore, with the highest viewership among millennials or those aged 15 to 34.

Who needs social media? Millennials who hardly use Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
The Straits Times, 17 July 2016, 1849 words, Benson Ang, (English)
Some millennials here hardly use Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. They tell The Sunday Times there’s more to life than posting updates
The use of social media is commonly associated with younger folk.

S’pore’s future: Be flexible or be first?
The Straits Times, 14 July 2016, 797 words, Olivia Ho, (English)
Push for innovation: Expert urges S’pore to build up ‘second-mover advantage’ but others disagree
The Tyrannosaurus rex (T-rex) was a well-muscled predator with large teeth, but it is extinct today. In contrast, the little cockroach is still

Digital age means companies can be born global players: Iswaran
Business Times Singapore, 14 July 2016, 709 words, Lee U-Wen , (English)
Connectivity has enabled homegrown companies to become global successes quickly if they have good offerings and can scale up fast, he says

Choice Picks for Media Folks – July Issue 2

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in — Issue 2 covers 8-13 July 16.

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PARLIAMENT; New Bill defines contempt of court, sets out penalties
Business Times Singapore, 12 July 2016, 891 words, Claire Huang, (English)
A NEW Bill that seeks to consolidate existing law on contempt in statutory form and that sets out the maximum penalties has been introduced in parliament, in a move to provide greater clarity and certainty.

IS launches Malay language newspaper in bid to spread influence ; Publication being distributed across many countries in S-E Asia
TODAY, 12 July 2016, 580 words, MALAY MAIL ONLINE  , (English)
KUALA LUMPUR — Terror group Islamic State (IS) has launched a Malay-language publication aimed at supporters in South-east Asia as it tries to spread its influence.

HK film-makers choose between money and heart
MyPaper, 11 July 2016, 505 words, (English)
SHOOT the film you have always wanted on a shoestring budget or sell out and make a blockbuster?

Primer; The good and bad sides of consumerism
The Straits Times, 11 July 2016, 1435 words, Jalelah Abu Baker, (English)
This is the ninth of 12 primers on various current affairs issues, published as part of the outreach programme for The Straits Times-Ministry of Education National Current Affairs Quiz.

Ghostbusters’ marketing challenges ; How Sony is selling the all-female reboot
TODAY, 11 July 2016, 643 words, (English)
LOS ANGELES — In a summer where studio tentpoles have been underperforming at the box office, Sony Pictures is facing hurdles with how to sell its female-driven reboot of “Ghostbusters” to the masses.

R21 titles at online video stores? Yes – with strings
The Straits Times, 9 July 2016, 525 words, Irene Tham, (English)
MDA says these films unsuitable for kids must come with parental locks, age verification measures
Online video stores can now sell R21-rated dramas and movies with the relaxation of rules that govern their sale, but conditions to protect

‘Images not in real-time’
The New Paper, 8 July 2016, 662 words, KINTAN ANDANARI, (English)
Global ad agency returns international award for refugee-locating app after external testers point out that it does not work

India’s censored film industry fights back
TODAY, 8 July 2016, 1100 words, Shashi Tharoor, (English)
Go watch a movie in India nowadays, and despite the elaborate musical numbers and extravagant sets, you may well find the content pretty bland. The reason is simple: The industry is reeling under severe censorship. This flies in the face of


Choice Picks for Media Folks – July Issue 1

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in — Issue 1 covers 30 June to 7 July 16.

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TV viewers win as Netflix, Amazon face off
The Straits Times, 6 July 2016, 3392 words, Yip Wai Yee, (English)
Netflix has changed the way people watch shows at home with its slate of original content and Amazon is hot on its heels
In just three years, Netflix has shaken up the television industry and changed the way people watch shows at home. The

Why The Devil Wears Prada would probably flop today ; Ten years ago, The movie was a hit, but in today’s climate the fantasy it peddles is…
TODAY, 6 July 2016, 993 words, Cheong Kamei, (English)
It was the 10th anniversary release of The Devil Wears Prada last Friday. The movie’s success, though not foregone, was ripe. It hit the big screen at a time when the once-exclusive doors to the high fashion industry were more accessible

From old manuscripts to new novels
The Straits Times, 5 July 2016, 987 words, Nur Asyiqin Mohamad Salleh, (English)
When the Epigram Books Fiction Prize emerged last year, it sent writers Balli Kaur Jaswal and Wong Souk Yee rummaging for their old manuscripts.

Potter mania strikes again
The Straits Times, 5 July 2016, 1019 words, Nur Asyiqin Mohamad Salleh, (English)
Many booksellers anticipate a demand for script book Harry Potter And The Cursed Child Parts I and II
The Boy Who Lived lives again, bringing with him a new wave of Pottermania, nine years after the release of the seventh – and supposedly

Corporate: d.edge: Why China is ground zero for digital innovation
The Edge Singapore, 4 July 2016, 1965 words, By Assif Shameen, (English)
For years, China’s internet players were looked down upon as copycats that thrived only because global giants were outlawed in the country. So, search engine giant Baidu was labelled as the Google of China; e-commerce behemoth ­Alibaba

Zaobao news talkshow on StarHub’s E City
The Straits Times, 4 July 2016, 256 words, (English)
A three-minute video news talkshow by Chinese newspaper Lianhe Zaobao will be aired on StarHub’s FreeView channel, E City, from today.
Called Zaobao Keywords, the talkshow aims to help viewers understand major news stories. Three keywords

Managing 21st-century careers: The need to get ‘entrepreneurial’
TODAY, 1 July 2016, 974 words, Trevor Yu, (English)
The old days of clear career trajectories and stable employment are over. We now have a labour market characterised by shorter-term work that is more varied, more unpredictable and devoid of boundaries. These conditions have combined to

Social media controls what you read: survey
MyPaper, 30 June 2016, 425 words, (English)
WHEN allegations emerged that Facebook was skewing its trending news stories, many learnt about it… on Facebook.

Amazon Kindle learns to navigate literary thickets
TODAY, 30 June 2016, 520 words, (English)
SEATTLE — For years, Amazon has been chiselling away at the irritants that keep many people from switching to e-readers. The company has improved the legibility of the text on Kindle screens to make it nearly indistinguishable from print,

Choice Picks for Media Folks – June Issue 5

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in — Issue 5 covers 23-29 June 16.

Read the full-text by searching the Internet (if public sources are available) or by searching (Click here for a guide on how to search).


The world could use more empathy, says Apprentice director Boo Junfeng
The Straits Times, 29 June 2016, 1511 words, Boon Chan, (English)
Film-maker Boo Junfeng takes on capital punishment in Apprentice with characters that inspire empathy in viewers
Capital punishment is dehumanising. That was the topic of a debate film-maker Boo Junfeng took part in as a student at Chung

Free to sing Happy Birthday: 6 interesting facts about the iconic song
The Straits Times, 28 June 2016, 668 words, Sanjay Nair, (English)
You can now sing the Happy Birthday song without the risk of a lawsuit. A US federal judge on Monday (June 27) signed off on a settlement that puts the song – considered one of the most recognisable tunes in the English language – in the

ST-SMU Future of Education; Youth must chart own paths
The Straits Times, 26 June 2016, 725 words, Yuen Sin, (English)
Acting Education Minister says Govt careful not to ‘overplan’ their future
Singapore has come far in offering a diverse range of opportunities for students. But the Government also has to be mindful not to “over- plan” and instead, give

Impact Journalism Day by Sparknews; Stories of change: 55 media outlets unite to celebrate changemakers
The Straits Times, 25 June 2016, 463 words, Christian de Boisredon, Founder, Impact Journalism Day, (English)
Our world is changing – in many ways for the better. Poverty and child mortality rates are declining, increasing numbers of primary- age children attend school and world leaders are taking collective action to counter climate change.

Singapore caught in the middle as China-Asean country coordinator
The Straits Times, 24 June 2016, 1208 words, Teo Cheng Wee, (English)
Still, it did creditably as ‘the well wasn’t poisoned and bridges weren’t burnt’ despite the Kunming meeting ending with disjointed public statements

COMMENTARY; Singapore and Germany – partners in ‘Industrie 4.0’
Business Times Singapore, 24 June 2016, 770 words, Michael Witter,Wolfgang Huppenbauer (English)
SINGAPORE and Germany are among the most advanced industrialised countries in the world. Both have a substantial share of the productive sector in their GDP (gross domestic product), and are committed to maintaining industry as a key

Giving voice to the voiceless
Business Times Singapore, 24 June 2016, 664 words, Helmi Yusof (English)
Newsha Tavakolian’s photos show Muslim women as resilient and determined, in contrast to common misconceptions.
THE opening of the OPEN festival was marred by an incident of censorship. The Media Development Authority (MDA) objected to 15

Swift, U2 among artists demanding digital-copyright reform
MyPaper, 23 June 2016, 227 words, (English)
TAYLOR Swift, who has spoken out against Spotify and Apple, is now taking on YouTube over its payments to artists.
She has joined some 180 recording artists – including Paul McCartney, Kings Of Leon and U2 – and labels in petitioning for the

How to keep the government relevant in this digital age
TODAY, 23 June 2016, 992 words, Chan Cheow Hoe, (English)
American venture capitalist Marc Andreessen was prophetic when he said “software is eating the world”. Today, most businesses and industries run on software delivered as digital services — from music to medical services.


Latest Prints – Broadcasts & Cinema Studies


2 Place, power, situation, and spectacle : a geography of film
Aitken, Stuart C.
Rowman & Littlefield, 1994
Call No: PN1995.P697
2 SRK and global Bollywood
Dudrah, Rajinder Kumar.
Oxford University Press, 2015
Call No: PN2888.S53S774
3 Mothers on mothers : maternal readings of popular television
Feasey, Rebecca.
Peter Lang, 2016
Call No: PN1992.8.M58F288
4 Tourist distractions : traveling and feeling in transnational Hallyu cinema
Choe, Youngmin.
Duke University Press, 2016
Call No: PN1993.5.K6C545t
5 Profane parables : film and the American dream
Rindge, Matthew S.
Baylor University Press, 2016
Call No: PN1995.5.R579
6 Disney, culture, and curriculum
Garlen, Julie C.
Routledge, 2016
Call No: PN1999.W27D612dc
7 Transnational orientalisms in contemporary spanish and latin american cinema
Goncalves, Michele Davila.
Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016
Call No: PN1993.5.S7G635
8 Current controversies in philosophy of film
Thomson-Jones, Katherine.
Routledge, 2016
Call No: PN1995.C976c
9 Film festivals : history, theory, method, practice
Valck, Marijke de.
Routledge, 2016
Call No: PN1993.4.F487ff
9 Movie journal : the rise of the new American cinema, 1959-1971
Mekas, Jonas.
Columbia University Press, 2016
Call No: PN1993.5.U6M516