- Sat, Nov 18, 2017 11:00 AM
28 Sin Ming Drive #03-142
Latitude: 1.36001, Longitude: 103.834
Cherian George discusses Singapore’s policies and attitudes towards the rare instances of provocative speech, including political critique and religious insult. Although some regard the calm of Singapore’s public sphere as a positive indicator of social harmony, it may also produce a government and populace that is hypersensitive to unsettling ideas, resulting in a throttling of diversity and a lack of dynamism. George suggests that Singapore needs to develop new norms of public discourse that protect vulnerable groups from vilification and bullying while allowing more vigorous criticism of powerful interests and social forces. He will draw from his latest book, Singapore, Incomplete: Reflections on a First World Nation’s Arrested Political Development, which was published in October. Cherian George is professor of media studies at Hong Kong Baptist University. His other books include Hate Spin: The Manufacture of Religious Offense and its Threat to Democracy (The MIT Press, 2016), which analysed the use of hate propaganda in the United States, India and Indonesia.