17 August 2018

Discovery Cafe - Social Media Yay Or Nay?

A program organized by Centre for Research Management (CRM)

Discovery Café was held on the 20th September 2018 at E6.07 (X-Space) Taylor’s Lakeside Campus. This is the second Discovery Café held by Centre for Research Management after the success of the first Discovery Café presented by Dr. Yeong on Percision Oncology: Challenges and Opportunities. This session is planned to be held every 3 weeks with different presenters from various background of expertise.

For this second Discovery Café, Associate Professor Dr. Ali Salman, from the School of Media and Communication spoke on Social Media – Yay or Nay? (We need limits to overcome them). With the development in ICT/ Internet (New Media) and subsequent technologies – Social Media, there has been a revolution in the way in which we conduct our daily activities. The New Media (Social Media) have increasingly facilitated our lives. They have permeated and touched almost every aspect of our lives.

Studies have shown that social media have become the main source of news for many Malaysians, though as compared to other media, especially the mainstream media, believability and trust is still low for social media. This might be that the social media lack the organized structure of news creation as opposed to the mainstream media, either printed or online. Moreover bearing in mind that social media can be likened to double-edged sword, netizens are somehow careful in protecting their privacy and security of their data. Social Media have lots of benefits and likewise shortcomings that should be overcome. Hence, with all the benefits from the social media, there will be consequences that we should look out for, and to identify the steps need to be taken in order to continue benefiting from the Online Media and Social Media.

About Presenter: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ali Salman

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ali Salman is a senior lecturer and researcher at the School of Media and Communication, Faculty of Social Sciences and Leisure Management at Taylor’s University, Malaysia. Dr. Ali has conducted substantial research relating to New Media and Digital Inclusion. Dr. Ali has extensively published his work in International Peer-Reviewed journals throughout his academic career, which has spanned for about a decade. Dr. Ali frequently features in local newspapers where he shares his research findings. He has been invited as external examiner for PhD and Masters’ thesis and he is an external program reviewer for few local colleges and universities. He is also serving as an editorial board member and associate editor for various academic journals including Journal of Asia Pacific Communication (JAPC) and SEARCH Journal, and has served as a Chief Editor for eBangi journal for five years. For more information on his work can be found here:

Associate Professor Dr. Ali Salman
Strategic Research Professor at the School of Media and Communication, Faculty of Social Science and Leisure Management