Category: Social Movements

The point of writing

I guess I have come across this before but I was recently made aware (or reminded) of from Stranger Things 3 of what is called the Baader-Meinhof effect, or ‘frequency illusion’— the effect that happens when you start seeing the same things in succession after being mentioned to you, or encountered upon it the first […]

On 2019 Hong Kong Protest

As a political sociology doctoral candidate within the concentration of social movements, leadership, and technology, I have definitely been following the development of the current protest movement in Hong Kong with great interest. Five years after the pro-democracy Umbrella Movement of 2014, in which protesters marched against the proposed reforms to the Hong Kong electoral […]

Hope in the collective

I just finished reading Angela Davis’ Freedom Is A Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement and I must say, what an eye-opening read. Most of my reads are enlightening in many ways, but this book — which is a collection of interviews, essays, and speeches from activist and icon of the […]

On dancing and dissent

About this day last year, I joined this 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) competition organised by my university — which placed me second and got me to represent the university in social sciences section for the national 3MT (although I didn’t win). The idea of the competition is to strategically talk about your thesis — all […]

On having to face multiple hegemonies

Last week, I read a journal article by Southeast Asian historian Syed Muhd Khairudin Aljunied on a radical women movement in my country called AWAS and this sentence is still etched in my mind four days after reading it: It is now a truism to argue that colonialism was, in essence, a masculinist enterprise supported […]

Create that folder

I am feeling overwhelmed today. I have no idea when the last time I have not felt less overwhelmed, or the situation that all my friends are also overwhelmed and currently going through some sort of adulting issues at the moment — but this can’t be normal. I would have wanted to launch into rants […]

25% > tipping point

A study in Science by Professor Damon Centola finds that when 25% of people in a group adopt a new social norm, it creates a tipping point where the entire group follows suit. This shows the direct causal effect of the size of a committed minority on its capacity to create social change.

We yearn for elitism

From Zeynep Tufekci’s blog: … it is quite likely that preferential-attachment processes are part of the reason for the rise of oligarchies and charismatic authorities. Ironically, this effect is likely exacerbated in peer-to-peer media where everything is accessible to everybody. Since it is just as easy to look at one person’s twitter feed as another’s, […]