LIM Si Min Deanna S3256423 (deannalsm) on
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The study of STOMP as the New Public Sphere, has transformed my perceptions and opinions completely about STOMP. As an old traditionalist myself, I have been conceiving a strong belief that sources don’t become journalists simply because they skip the middle man and broadcast their information directly to the world. To claim otherwise is to say that journalism is nothing more than the capacity to disseminate information on a massive scale, rather than the gathering and production of that information in accordance with a set of principles, enshrining an obligation to the truth.  With that, my first blog entry- STOMP it all you can, went on further to analyze the participatory culture of Singaporean youths within STOMP and in comparison with other similar file sharing sites, like

My next blog entry- STOMPers uncover the real truth behind the recent murder case has further elaborated the extraordinary power of participatory journalism within STOMP and the impact of valuable insights contributed by STOMPers. My perception of STOMP has changed since then with a much positive mindset about STOMP as a citizen journalism site that provides value added journalism which cannot be found in mainstream newspapers.

My last two blog entries- STOMP=Participatory Culture of Singaporean Youths and Reasons Behind STOMP’s Success– enable us to develop a better understanding on how the contents come about in STOMP and how the success came about as the Singapore’s No.1 Citizen Journalism and Social Networking site.

The entire progress from researching to concluding STOMP as the New Public Sphere has strengthen my analyzing and observation skills while examining the Contemporary Popular Culture from the various different angles. It is definitely a mind-blowing module, which requires huge efforts in reading up the many related journals, as well as, making inferences effectively.  Nonetheless, I had a great time analyzing the Contemporary Popular Culture of STOMP as the New Public Sphere.

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LIN Weijian Shaun S3256431 (slideyes) on
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An intense and paradoxically progressive journey.  Since the group agreed on ‘STOMP’ as the epicentre of our study, it has been an eye-opening experience in terms of personal enlightenment.

As a non-STOMPer, my initial opinion of the online portal was that of a channel promoting cowardice confrontation – a trait I had serious issues with. STOMP came across to me as a site where people got a kick out of slandering and belittling the shortcomings of others. Thus, the first blog entry – I Am The “Paper” In my Hand.

My thought processes soon led me to a personal hypothesis where I perceived STOMPers as a bunch of insecure social derelicts who needed to find an identity. What better way to do it than be an active uploader of content to grab the attention of passive viewers? It does give one a sense of importance. Thus, the second blog entry – The Need To Be Recognised.

The last two blog entries – Struggles & Compromise in a Free World and STOMP Bonds & Teaches – placed a heavy emphasis on how participatory culture provides the main drive, enabling STOMP to perform a positive role as a nation-building tool.

To be frank, the progression of this journey has been one of a narcissistic outlook to one with a rational and objective standpoint. Contemporary Popular Culture has helped me view the world in a different light – a course which brewed maturity in my thinking.

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RAI Sandeep S3256431 (sandeeprai85) on
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The idea to use STOMP as our main focus for this project was interesting. I hated STOMP. I thought the very idea of it was pathetic. Not because it’s a lousy website but because of the content that you find on it. Deep within me I felt that Singaporeans who were active on STOMP had nothing better to do and were a little ‘looney’ since they believed that others actually cared for their trivial rants on everything and anything under the sun.

Yeah sure there were benefits of having a citizen journalism portal, but in my eyes, the website was so saturated with trash that it was of no benefit to me.

These emotions led to my first two posts To Complain or Not Complain and Quality versus Trashy – Do locals really know the difference?

As we dug further into the topic and started researching into participatory culture and the identity theories I started to discover that STOMP was not necessarily useless. It had a very bog role in our community and was an essential tool for youths; be it for entertainment or other reasons.

As we discussed further (and thanks to the lecturer), we came across the theory of the public sphere. This theory was discussed in depth by Tiffany in her post STOMP: The New Public Sphere.

I started looking deeper into citizen journalism as a form of participatory culture and therefore came to an understanding that due to lack of Tabloid presence in Singapore, STOMP’s collection of ‘trashy news’ was justifiable. This revelation led to Tabloid Central.  

I soon learnt that the STOMP brought with it so much more than we had initially understood. Youths were using it to determine their own identity and at the same time belonging to a much larger community. This was discussed in Define Your Identity.

Through these I have realised that STOMP is a website with an important role to play in our society and in fact has a lot of potential to do more. Being a STOMPer is not just a form of popular culture or a form of wasting time. Instead, it has various other connotations.

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TAN Pei San Kitty 2011164X (kittytan) on
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Four years down the road, and despite having won many awards, one would think that STOMP is a very established social networking website. On the contrary, today, the citizen journalism aspect that STOMP claims to encompass is still very much debated on.

One of the reasons for the popularity of the website lies in targetting on the right demographics, as mentioned in On Youths, For Youths, And By Youths.

In STOMP: Absolute Freedom of Citizen Journalism?, I wanted to share on the Jeff Jervais’ theory on networked journalism, linking it to my observation of the interaction between STOMP and its users.

At the same time,  not forgetting there are poeple out there who beg to differ on the claim that STOMP’s section of Singapore Seen is citizen journalism platform, I dug a little further into what these critics had to say, as seen in STOMP: A Muse?, in view of shedding a different light on this whole saga.

Nevertheless, the traits of STOMP goes beyond citizen journalism. In Participatory Fandom in STOMP, I dissected the different sections of STOMP, and studied the fandom elements in some of these sections.

Last but not least, I contributed to the creation of the image for the titlebar on our blog’s landing page, as well as the background image.

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YEO Peng Koon S3256500 (ericyeopk) on
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The chosen research topic on STOMP came at the right time for me. I was not a passive STOMPer until being drawn to the website by their intriguing take on the recent homicide case of a young Singaporean teenager. Coincidentally, my time spent on STOMP made me the “most experienced” STOMPer in my group. Thus, in my first blog entry “Navigating through STOMP”, i attempt to briefly describe the various components of STOMP.

My second blog entry “A Social Media Community in the making?”, drawn inspirations from an article I chanced upon in the website, Social Media Examiner. Personally, I could draw parallel from the tips provided for “managing a social media community” to that of STOMP. In my opinion, I still believe that STOMP is more than just “citizen journalism website”. Perhaps there isn’t any better term to classify STOMP (a public sphere would seem most fitting) as of today.

The third and fourth blog posts, “Web 2.0 and STOMP” and “Web 2.0: A threat to the Internet?” served as a prelude to how and why STOMP is created. My research uncovered the timeline of events that eventually led to the creation of STOMP in 2006. We witness the impact of Web 2.0 that inevitably aids to shape the design of many web applications today. STOMP is Web 2.0’s creation.

This submission of our final research report via WordPress, has just shown how much we are being influenced by Web 2.0 today.

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YEO Yan Ting Tiffany S3256502 (tiffiz) on
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When the idea of STOMP, to be used as our project analysis text first came about, i was fixated (almost everyone in the team is equally guilty of) in branding STOMP the “trashy sphere of daily gossip sharing”.

“It’s all about me and maybe a little about you…” set out to explore the premise of how and why Singapore youths are enthusiastic about becoming STOMPers. The mindset on why one needs to share in this Web 2.0 friendly ecosystem.

“News Quality” on STOMP looked at the hotly debated ‘quality’ news STOMPers produce and consume on this interactive platform and questioned whether critics (including myself) have always been too quick too judge, ready to dismiss the content that the site churns especially since its these ‘newsworthy/gossipy daily sightings’ that garner the most views/comments.

Interestingly, as i progress further in the research, i have come to look at this communicative space very differently. Yes the content still makes me laugh at times and that little voice in my head still tells me that its all gossip, but this is no longer about just judging the content produced.

STOMP: The New Public SphereCivic Engagement on STOMP analyzed how STOMP has brought about change in the participatory mindset (if i could put it this way) of Singapore youths. Not only do STOMPers now have a space to gather to exchange ideas and opinions amongst fellow citizens, they seem to be taking their roles as active citizens seriously in discussing the social issues brought up. I am now convinced that this Singaporean virtual public sphere has the potential of bringing about a more engaged society instead of what its currently credited for.

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