#6 — User-Generated Content

Part 1: Parody Video

Part 2:

By exposing me to a wider variety of issues and discussions, UGC has changed the way I view mainstream television. To me, mainstream television now seems to cover too narrow a scope in terms of social issues, often because mainstream media acts in the interest of their owners, be it the government or an individual, and thus they practice self-censorship. In Singapore, issues such as homosexuality and even racism are glossed over on mainstream media.

For example, Malays in Singapore are not given equal opportunities for advancement to higher positions in National Service because of concerns that they may betray their allegiance to Singapore due to their shared religion and ethnicity with other Malays from neighbouring countries like Malaysia and Indonesia. However, this issue has not been covered by the mainstream television. On the other hand, there has been much user-generated discussion about it online.

Read more here: http://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2012/01/unfair-discrimination-of-malays-in-national-service/

As such, because of UGC, content allowed on mainstream television now seems very restricted in comparison.



One thought on “#6 — User-Generated Content

  1. Hi Rachael! Great evidence you have there! I totally agree with you that issues such as homosexuality and racism have been swept under the carpet and are deemed as issues “too sensitive” to be covered by the mainstream media! Examples like what you’ve written on your blog post have been circulating online, forming part of the user-generated content on the web. These topics are the hard truth but are not being dealt with properly by the government. This is when UGC is put into good use because what is unheard or unsaid in the mainstream media can be published and made known to the world. It is a platform for the voiceless people to speak up and for them to be heard.

    We must still be wary of UGC though and each of us must be aware of the threats UGC can potentially pose.

    Great job on the post and the video done by your group is so entertaining!! Hahaha!


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