Prophets of Mass Innovation: The Gospel According to BAT

Media Industries Journal,  Volume 5, Issue 1, 2018 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3998/mij.15031809.0005.105   Permissions Abstract: This article examines the role that the CEOs of China’s tech giants (Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent [BAT]) play as advocates of China’s vision of mass innovation. It seeks, first, to understand what mass innovation is and the conditions for its success and then…

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Work and Meaning

On Master Chef Australia tonight (24 May 2017) a lawyer, an engineer and a doctor had to create a winning dessert to try and avoid elimination from the cooking contest/reality show. All three must have undergone years of training, schooling and working experience to become members of these stock migrant professions. It’s a cliché but being…

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Can You Hear the People Speak?

It’s been a long time between posts I know. What can I say except life gets busy? Still, I couldn’t let November slip by without writing something about the Bersih 5 Rally, especially the one in Melbourne I attended and the one in Perth I had a tiny part in organising. On 19 November, I…

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Learning to Play with Others

I’ve always liked playing with other people, perhaps it comes from growing up in a ragtag family of five siblings and neighbourhood play gangs in Singapore during the 1970s-80s. Yet until recently, collaborations have been an uphill struggle that bore little fruit for me. 2016, however, seems to be the year when they are finally…

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What they DONT’t tell you before you embark on a PhD

(originally published in Australia Asia Pacific Institute Review Jan-March 2016, p. 9) Well, if you thought that working on a PhD was about spending 3 years (or more? Yay!) reading and writing about your pet topic, you’re wrong. The first thing they don’t tell you is that editing will be much more important than writing….

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Malaysia disconnecting from online freedoms

(republished here under Creative Commons, originally published at the East Asian Forum) 18 March 2016 Not long ago, the Malaysian government thought that mastery of the internet was a path towards economic development. In February 1996, it launched the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC), essentially a special economic zone, to entice high-technology corporations like Microsoft to…

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I’m the Proud Parent of a Baby Journal!

Very recently, I was very privileged but also highly relieved to be part of an editorial team that launched a new journal. Named Transitions: Journal of Transient Migration, the first issue will be published in the second half of this year and there will be two issues brought out each year by Intellect Ltd. The…

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Launching a new Book Series

Early in 2015 I had the opportunity to work with  Associate Professor Terence Lee (Murdoch University) and put together the proposal for a new book series to be published by Rowman and Littlefield International. The series, Media, Culture and Communication in Asia-Pacific Societies, has been launched and we expect the first few titles later in…

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The Craft of Writing for Research

Scholarship is a choice of how to live as well as a choice of career; whether he knows it or not, the intellectual workman forms his own self as he works toward the perfection of his craft; to realize his own potentialities, and any opportunities that come his way, he constructs a character which has…

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