Essays

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Dear reader,  It’s Jean, Jom’s head of research, taking over newsletter writing duties! Here’s an overview of our issue this week:  * Jom’s essay: “Splice’s guide to your media future”, written by our editor-in-chief and self-proclaimed “word geek”, Sudhir Vadaketh. He meditates on his experience attending...

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For almost a decade, Alan Soon and Rishad Patel of Singaporean firm Splice Media have been talking about the ongoing transformation in the media, and advising start-ups across the region. What have they achieved thus far?

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Spoils of Budget 2024, more Singaporeans getting serious on dating apps, embracing death and celebrating life through living funerals, Ubisoft launches Singapore game mired in controversy, Singapore International Festival of Arts, more budget allocation to tech development, and more. 

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The use of Singapore’s reserves according to the prime minister, are Singaporeans being priced out of owning land, putting on one’s game face to deal with cyberbullying, crimes of passion on Valentine’s Day, kids discovering the arts, and more. 

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Dear reader, * Jom’s essay of the week: “Affordability in the lion city: is Singapore’s public housing model built to last?” by Jonathan Lin, is a clear, crisp explanation of the great HDB conundrum. Read this now so you’re well informed before chatting with your aunties, uncles, and...

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Goh Chok Tong’s son in trouble, SG youth anxious about in-person meetings, a look at Chinese mythology longmen in the year of the dragon, what d/Deaf Singaporeans think about Coldplay’s attempts at inclusivity and access, making non-compete clauses more reasonable, and more.

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We go roadtripping with Sim Jiaying as she guides us through a meticulous reading of director Anthony Chen’s paean to disaffected Chinese youth, “The Breaking Ice”. The film becomes a point of embarkation for a broader discussion of the road movie genre—as reimagined by Singaporean filmmakers.

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PSP’s Tan Cheng Bock ‘open’ to running in next GE, threat of AI-generated deepfake porn, 50th anniversary of the Laju Incident, Singapore Repertory Theatre becomes the Singapore Theatre Company, national AI strategy gets a boost from industry giants, and more.

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Dear paid subscriber, This past week has seen a multitude of jokes online about S Iswaran, former transport minister with the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP), who’s just been handed 27 charges by the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC). We’ve collated some of our favourites below.  Many questions...

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Through the process of making onde-onde, Berlin-based writer Law Zi-Ting meditates on what it means to embrace ambiguity and unpredictability in a world that operates on data and strict binaries. “Steam sweet potato until tender.”

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White supremacy in Singapore, fewer teenage pregnancies, preserving our heritage trades, spotlighting new writing in theatre, leaping into green tech, and more.

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