If you have been following the media coverage in the lead up to last year’s US Presidential Election, you might have noticed the varying degree of analytical coverage and political bias adopted by the various media agencies. This chart broadly summarizes the landscape:
This is why it is important to always evaluate your sources. Even in the local context, being aware of the broad socio-political inclinations and agendas of the various media you read should inform your consumption of the information presented, so that you don’t become a reader subject to confirmation bias.
Check out this useful presentation on the landscape of youth (e.g. their psycho-social development needs at different age stages) needs in the 21st century by Mr Glenn Lim, founder and director of SEED collective. This will help give you many research points to help you identify and rationalize working with various groups in Singapore.
In this age of social media where we are at liberty to share content freely, it becomes even more important to verify your sources.
This report highlights an example of how many of alternative’ local media sites latched onto a supposed sighting of a PAP flyer being distributed in Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) when in actual it was a free campus magazine. Sharing such misinformation freely without first verifying not only threatens your own credibility, but the act spreads a lie that very unfortunately damages the reputation of others.