Week 4 Meeting Summary

Discussion: Today at our meeting we discussed how although we were very interested in VR, it might not be a feasible scope of a topic for us to do our TAD project on. So, we decided to spend the first half of the session brainstorming on how we could possibly incorporate the topic of digital media/ digitisation into the topic of research. We did arrive at the topic of “privacy” and “public conceptions” of certain topics. Which included, drug use, virtual reality etc.

potential RQ: Does privacy really exist in the 21st century? // What does privacy mean to people in the 21st century? // Do we have no choice but to be online?

Methodology: We then spent the rest of the time discussing what our potential methods could be in retrieving data for the research. We decided that maybe questionnaire,  focus groups or interviews are the best way to do so.

ie: “What does privacy mean to you” , “when should it be considered too much to share online?”

Split tasks: Each of us was assigned on aspect of privacy to look at. For example, identity theft, targetted advertising, youtubers on oversharing etc.

We were also advised by George to look at the book “Age of surveillance capitalism”.

Here are some links that talk about identity theft that might be useful to us 









We shared a little bit about our ongoing projects with our dissertations, TAD essays and got to know each other’s majors. We noticed a recurring theme of discrimination running through our TAD essays and so we thought it would be interesting to come up with a case study to explore within that area for the group project. We also potentially talked about how we could explore the topic of climate change as well.

Essay abstract

This essay will explore the case study of heteronormativity in Singapore and how it affects queer identity in accordance to the theme of conflict. A conflict can be referred to as the existence of opposing forces as well as an active disagreement between opposing principles. The two opposing forces that will be discussed in this essay is that of the social norm of heteronormativity and that of the liberal non-heteronormative. This case study will delve into the tensions between the heteronormative and the non-heteronormative, sexual “dissident” population and how they are caught between such politics.  Overall, aiming to address the heteronormative cultures in Singapore and the ongoing fight for the recognition of alternative sexual identities.