Top-Down Community Media: A Participant Observation from Singapore

  • Linda K. Fuller


In what is undoubtedly the only example of its kind in the world, the Republic of Singapore—a multiracial (see Fuller, 1998a), multiethnic, multi-religious, and multilingual population of some 3 million, has recently been introduced to the concept of community television. On Sunday, May 5, 1996 their initial foray into this broadcasting world took place with the opening of the $S7.5 million Tampines East Community Club, as filmed live by third-year students at the School of Communication Studies at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Though this model has evolved from government dictum, as opposed to the democratic, grassroots model familiar in the United States and most other countries, it nevertheless provides a fascinating context for the construction of citizen input of, by, and for its media.


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