QotW8: Adopt a local politician…

Stephen Colbert Ice Cream

How has the advent of the Internet changed politics? Can the Internet truly create democracy? Why isn’t there Internet election voting? Why does Stephen Colbert get to have his own ice-cream while I don’t?

Here’s the Question of the Week (QotW):

  1. Adopt either a Singapore politician who blogs or a local blogger who discusses politics.
  2. In a cohesive manner, share the following about your adopted blog (where possible):
    1. Blog’s Title and URL
    2. Blogger’s Name (or Pseudonym)
    3. Blogger’s Occupation (politician or citizen blogger)
    4. Blog’s Date of Birth (look for the first post)
    5. Technorati Rank (see explanation)
  3. Discuss the tone of this blog (e.g. highlight key conversations, readers’ comments, etc).
  4. After doing all this, turn to “Does the Internet create Democracy?” (2002) by Alinta Thornton, and ask yourself: Do blogs allow for greater democracy in Singapore?
  5. Make a concise argument in 500 words or more (proper written English), supported with at least two APA-style citations.
  6. Start the title of your blog post as “QotW8: _____”
  7. Drop a comment here with a permalink to your blog post.
  8. *Optional: Drop a comment on your adopted blog so they can learn about your post.

24th March, Saturday, 5pm
(Warning: Late work will not be graded)

• “Does the Internet create Democracy?” (2002) by Alinta Thornton (Web Site / Microsoft Word download)
The politics of Singapore’s new media in 2006 (Dec 31, 2006) by Gerald Giam

• The Big Gamble on Electronic Voting (Web version / Print version)
The Internet and State Control in Authoritarian Regimes: China, Cuba, and the Counterrevolution
Click the vote
Tank Man Roundtable discussion
In YouTube Clips, a Political Edge


48 Responses to QotW8: Adopt a local politician…

  1. Nashrin says:

    sorry to bother again,.
    I wanted to read the required reading, “Does the Internet Create Democracy?” but when I clicked on the link it said, “503 service unavailable”.
    Is it temporary or is there something wrong with the link?

  2. Priyanka says:

    hey kevin,

    cant download the MS Word file…”Does Internet Create Democracy”.

  3. Priyanka says:

    got it at last!!!

  4. theory says:

    Woah, Priyanka’s blog assignment has been the fastest to be clocked in ever!

  5. jiayi says:

    tis is my wrk..hopefully is ok…


  6. Mihiri Salpitikorala says:

    Apologies for the harsh language of the blog. Viewer discretion is advised.

  7. siti zawiyah says:



    would i be ‘politically’ incorrect if i were to say that you’re pretty active in theonlinecitizen? i think their blog is politically smooth too..

  8. im done hope i dun go out of point

  9. julius ethan says:

    i think dictionaries are sexy.

  10. iffy topic, exhaustive thinking.

  11. silly me. gave the wrong link. click the name and it’ll be the correct link.

  12. Carol Liu says:


    Finally done! Hope it makes sense…Have a great weekend!


  13. Sabrina says:


    Sorry kevin, i’ve actually posted a comment at 1pm on saturday, but i dunno why is it not there?

  14. Daphne Ng says:

    The author of the political blog I chose left his comments & opinions on Singapore politics and democracy on blogs on my blog. Click here:


  15. theory says:

    Excellent! Once we get the “Singapore Political Blogger Directory” up, I’d like everyone to let their adopted blogger know about it. 🙂

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