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Title: Resistance on the Internet: A study of the Singapore Case
Keywords: cyberspace, resistance, Internet, Gramsci, hegemony, Singapore politics
Issue Date: 8-Jul-2007
Citation: TAN SUQIN, TRACY (2007-07-08). Resistance on the Internet: A study of the Singapore Case. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This thesis employs Antonio Gramsci's framework of hegemony, supplemented by James C. Scott's theoretical framework of resistance, to the context of Singapore politics to understand the dynamics of political resistance in Singapore. In attempting to analyse the scope for the struggle for hegemony on the Internet, this study employs textual analysis in the examination of the various cyberspace entities, "alternative" websites, forums and blogs, focusing on the online activities surrounding the 2006 General Elections, the various reactions by netizens and counter-reactions from the government offline. This study thus argues that citizens in Singapore who are constrained by legal implications of open protests and confrontation exploit the use of the Internet--a realm that is impossible to control fully-- to constantly negotiate the subtle disciplining mechanisms of the state, drawing from their arsenal various strategies of resistance: the veil of anonymity, gossip, rumour, the disguise of humour in satire/parody and "rightful resistance"; thereby offering counter-hegemonic readings, alternative discourses and dissenting opinions in various ways that circumvent existing laws and regulations.
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