15 Sep '11, 3am

People who get their political news from alternative online sources are called Onternauts.

People who get their political news from alternative online sources are called Onternauts.

By Gwendolyn Ng my paper Thursday, Sep 15, 2011 An emerging group of media consumers, who get their political news from alternative online sources, have been found to read newspapers and other mainstream media as well. They have been dubbed "onternauts" by senior research fellow Tan Tarn How of the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS). Onternauts, he explained, comes from a combination of the words "online", "alternative" and "astronauts". He was speaking at a seminar at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy yesterday, about the results of the Survey on Political Traits and Media Use conducted from July to October last year. As part of the survey, 1,092 Singaporeans aged 21 and above were interviewed over the phone. Mr Tan said: "Use of the alternative online media is complementary, not competitive, to the use of mainstream media." The survey found that 12.6 per cent of th...

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