Contentious Journalism and the Internet

Towards Democratic Discourse in Malaysia and Singapore

Cherian George

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  • Published: 2006
  • Subject Listing: Politics
  • Bibliographic information: 240 pp., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: N / A In Asia, Aust Or N / Zealand
  • Contents

The Internet has been used to democratize public discourse in Malaysia and Singapore, two countries in the zone between liberal democracies and authoritarian states. Web sites that have emerged on the margins of the political system engage in a contentious style of journalism challenging the consensus that prevails over and through mainstream media.

Cherian George, a well-known Singaporean intellectual and journalist before he embarked on an academic career, provides detailed case studies of online alternative media sites in Singapore and Malaysia, and examines arguments that explain their development in terms of technology and of differing norms of journalism and democracy.

This nuanced work draws on social movement studies and media studies to challenge current understandings of the relationship between media and the internet. The book's lively style will make it relevant for anyone interested in politics and media in Malaysia and Singapore.
Cherian Georgem is an assistant professor in the School of Communication and Information at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
1. Bringing Cyberspace Down to Earth
2. State and Media in Malaysia and Singapore
3. "Narrow Tailoring" and the Internet Dilemma
4. Contentious Media in Theory and Practice
5. Sintercom: Harnessing of Virtual Community
6. Think Centre: Activism Through Journalism
7. Harakah: The Power of Partisanship
8. Malaysiakini: Independence at a Price
9. Contentious Media in Comparative Perspective
10. A Democratic Case for Media Diversity

"This is an erudite and, at times, witty summation of the decade-long efforts on the part of two Asian authoritarian governments to alternatively co-opt, rein in and control the new media. It also offers good discursive asides on democratic culture and media culture in general. . . . George's book will remain the standard on Singapore and Malaysia cyber media for some time."
-Journal of Contemporary Asia