Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Xenoboysg*at*hotmail.com -- Welcome to the Xeno Movement

I am Xenoboy. I am the Political Savant.

I am in the midst of preparing my next thesis on the politics of Singapore. It will be unreadable as usual. No apologies. Those who are angered by the impenetrability of what I mutter, I refer all of you to Molly Meek's blog. It is clear-cut, straightforward and inscrutable. (Apologies to Molly for this Lacanian moment)

I was back in Singapore for Chinese New Year. The usual rituals. The usual clones. In a drinking session with some associates, I hear the Government mentioned. The usual bashing. The grouses of impending cigarette price hikes, sluggish economy, the inconsistency of the casino debate. The lack of channels of representation. The usual inertia of criticisms as such which lead nowhere.

I am Xenoboy. I am the Political Savant.

In my blog, I see Action. I see people penning down their disdain, their criticisms. I feel heartened.

I open the Xeno Movement, an adaptation of the "Luther Blissett" effect. I have created the following account :

Password : unknown

All who dare and know how to do it, use the account. Spread the knowledge of this account. Be Xenoboy. Send in articles to ST forum. Send in casino grouses to feedback unit. Send complaints to the LTA. Send encouragement to the Opposition. Use the account and create the multitude of Xenoboy. We are all in One.

I am Xenoboy. I am the Political Savant.


Blogger AcidFlask said...

For a political savant, you seem curiously ignorant of a lack of visionary leadership on the implications of a delocalized identity. Railing against the current régime by a hundred people will most likely generate a farrago of ineffectual activism in a hundred different directions rather than form some semblance of a coherent thesis or course of action which would be necessary to catalyze any thrust for change.

Besides, why support the M$ hegemony? Does not your sense of irony tingle at using the resources of one monopolistic entity againt another one of its own kind? Come, let me send you a GMail invite.

11:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wat a moron

5:51 PM  
Blogger Agagooga said...

MollyMeek is "clear-cut, straightforward and inscrutable"? Must be some post-modernist statement of irony.

I bet my hat that someone will log in to the account to change the password.

And in any case, diluting your brand name by letting (potentially) hundreds use it will not aid your cause.

8:11 PM  
Blogger xenoboysg said...

To acidflask -- visionary leadership is encapsulated in various shades, lets take this post as an experiment and true to form, the experiment has succeeded.

Like i mentioned, this is an adapatation of a form of resistance, the LB effect.

The choice of a delocalized identity was deliberate. Some may deem this ineffectual, but others in different contexts may yet glean some shards of knowledge.

Thank you for your offer of a gmail invite. I will have to decline. My sense of irony is forged precisely on the balancing act you mentioned.

1:06 AM  
Blogger xenoboysg said...

agagooga -- You are spot on. It has been "compromised" so very quickly. You flatter me with a brand name which I posess not and which diluted is but a symbol replaceable with other symbols.

1:07 AM  
Blogger xenoboysg said...

to anonymous -- you must be my biggest fan, stan.

1:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how did a moron like you guess so quickly?

9:49 AM  
Blogger xenoboysg said...

to anonymous : Natural affinity prompted my quick realisation.

2:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Molly is clearly clear-cut, apparently straightfoward and (in)definitely inscrutable. As such, Molly refers readers to http://www.pap.org.sg/ where meaning is always stable.


9:23 PM  
Blogger pea said...

Dear Xenoboy,

I am Pearly Quek from NTU Communication Studies and I am currently doing a trend story on young political bloggers. I would like to conduct an interview with you if that's fine with you.

Mind mailing me at quek0004@ntu.edu.sg ? Thanks.

Yours Sincerely,

4:36 AM  
Blogger Vox Leo said...

My my my Xenoboy has a fan base.

Actually I'm impressed by your posting. Some action at least. Still working on my "journalistic" piece on Singapore political bloggers. But first I need to get rid of my honors thesis.

:) Keep blogging

1:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Xenoboy, you seem to be adopting a "franchising strategy"! Haha...even Xenoboy is adopting ideas from the top business schools!

But u know, take McDonalds for example, if one outlet fails, the reputation of McDonalds as a whole suffers!

Anony.(who recommended Honneth for your term paper)

8:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Xenoboy, your comments about Chinese New Year are not very kind lah...You called people clones....People gave you ang pows and you accepted them, right??

Try not to essentialize people; adopt feminist epistemology, and you will see things more clearly.

8:40 AM  
Blogger kief 'maharishi' singam said...

upon reading your angles on the govt, i may somewhat agree, but if u want to indeed make an impression, dont live behind a mask.

8:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

His living behind a mask would be irrelevant if he didn't make a fool of himself.

10:19 AM  
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8:32 PM  

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