Singapore Soka Association Hosts Talk on Social Media
As part of their annual Student Peace Lecture series, the student group of Singapore Soka Association (SSA) organized a talk on the risks and benefits of social media which was held at Singapore Management University on December 8. A talk titled "The Boons and Banes of Social Media: Can Social Media Harness the Goodness in Us?" was delivered by Dr. Marko Skoric, deputy head of the Division of Communication Research at Nanyang Technological University’s Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information in Singapore.
Dr. Skoric has conducted studies ranging from online social capital and its civic and political implications, to cyber bulling among youth and the effects of video game addiction and violence. In his talk, he shared his thoughts on the positive role of social media's influence on social engagement. Over 300 people attended the lecture.
The event was chaired by Tan Tarn How, renowned local playwright and senior research fellow at the National University of Singapore’s Institute of Policy Studies, who helped facilitate the question and answer session that followed the lecture.
An audience member commented, "Aside from getting updates on the currency of social media, I also got a deeper understanding of how social media affects different people . . . The talk has been insightful in giving me a better idea of how to better apply social media in the areas of outreach for my job."
In November, as part of the same lecture series, SSA’s student members hosted a talk on social media by Tong Yee, director of The Thought Collective, a group of five social enterprises aimed at building Singapore's social and emotional capital and promoting innovation and civic learning.
[Adapted from an article in the January 18, 2013, issue of the SSA Times, Singapore Soka Association (SSA); photo courtesy of SSA]