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.
Acknowledgments1. Bringing Cyberspace Down to Earth2. State and Media in Malaysia and Singapore3. "Narrow Tailoring" and the Internet Dilemma4. Contentious Media in Theory and Practice5. Sintercom: Harnessing of Virtual Community6. Think Centre: Activism Through Journalism7. Harakah: The Power of Partisanship8. Malaysiakini: Independence at a Price9. Contentious Media in Comparative Perspective10. A Democratic Case for Media DiversityNotesBibliographyIndex