Is Singapore Addicted to Poverty Porn?

When you mindlessly scroll through the Internet, you would have probably seen advertisements featuring hungry children crying with pleas for donations. These kinds of advertisements — termed poverty porn — are a common sight here in Singapore, be it for attracting donations or calling for volunteers. While we are accustomed to it, why do we need poverty porn to encourage us to act? And what does this say about our culture?


Before You Go Incognito

If asked if you have watched porn, most of us can’t deny we have watched it at least once — it is now more accessible than ever with a click of a button thanks to the Internet. But despite its ability to provide pleasure, it has also been attributed to negative behaviours such as propagating unhealthy expectations.

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Let’s Talk to a Real Singaporean VTuber

While 2021 has definitely been a rollercoaster ride, never would I envision myself speaking to a rainbow-coloured anime catgirl over a conference call. Yet, while speaking to VTuber Caturteer was a surreal experience, it was also definitely more engaging than any University zoom breakout session I’ve had over the past year.


Dank or Cringe: How Do Singaporeans Use Memes?

PM Lee’s magical language-changing tea cup, the forespoken East Coast plan, Beow Tan… memes in Singapore are taking flight, bringing laughter to Singapore’s own shores. Yet, sometimes memes can overstep boundaries and cause outrage — such as the first onslaught of memes after Joseph Schooling’s Olympic swim.

Ignite’s Jia Yu takes a deep dive into our homegrown memes to find out why we meme, and what are its impacts on Singapore today.