Communication practitioners shed light on present developments of media in Asia
By College of Communication
To start off the second day’s event, secretary of media studies, ACMC, Khairiah Rahman introduced Dr. Alexander Flor, Dean from University of the Philippines. Dr. Flor firstly made acknowledgments to ACMC for holding the event. Then, he talked about his observation on how media coverage was related to stock market movements. To follow, Dr. Flor gave five instances of theoretical constructs of development communication (C4D). ”Have we ever considered the possibility that development is led by communication?” As an advocator of C4D, he encouraged the idea for researchers of communication to look into the “phonetics of life”. These studies contain methods that break down information in daily life, in order to understand the underlying contexts.
Secondly, Dr. Yi-Ning Chen, NCCU, talked about statistics on the digitalization of Taiwan. Those numbers included the telecom market datas and digital TV usage rates in Taiwan, “NCC (National Communication Committee) has done a great job, especially in internet exchange point.” She mentioned that NCC is keeping their minds opened, and they look forward to new technology developments. In the speech, Dr. Chen elaborated the new coming of IPX technology, and that NCC had set their goal on establishing a series of digital regulations in the future.
In the third speech, Dr. Nobuto Yamamoto, from Keio University of Japan, discussed politics and international norms. Dr. Yamamoto demonstrated the case of Myanmar’s political powers shifts, along with a New York Times article. The article indicated the instrumental use of Facebook and other social media which facilitated the crystallization of ethnic hatred in Myanmar. Dr. Yamamoto also explained two different frames of media coverage on the conflict between Myanmar government and Rohingya refugees. The conflict is often represented under the international frame and the domestic frame. In addition, Dr. Yamamoto also said that the two frames created two separate echo chambers, and the politicization of the Rohingya issue has caused a peculiar and complicated discourse. In conclusion, Dr. Yamamoto put up a cautious notion that to settle the issue relies on how media take actions between two parties.
In addition to three plenary sessions, there are several discussions held in the afternoon at the college of communication, such as “Public Relations in the Digital Era” “Education in the Digital Era” “Challenges in Media Literacy”and so on.