Thursday, May 12, 2005

Intoxication of Blogging & Redeeming Mr Brown

I am XenoBoy. I am the Political Savant.
The local media reports of the ENTIRE AcidFlask saga, including the latest by TODAY, as summarised in non mathematical form :
1) Bloggers are all young children who run to the wild cyberspace and spout all kinds of nonsense.
2) When bloggers get empowered by the freedom to publish, they go crazy. They get INTOXICATED. They start behaving like Golding children in Lord of the Flies.
3)These young and childish bloggers are irresonsible and do not know the legal consequences of their actions.
4) Responsible adult "VETERAN" bloggers like Mr Brown, Mr Miyagi and XiaXue are upheld by the media as the paragons of blogging. They represent common sense, responsibility, non intoxication. (Note : No disrespect to the former two)
The underlying messages of the media reports :
1) Blog like the veterans.
2) Media reports are so much more well-researched and more factually correct. More responsible than bloggers.
3) AcidFlask's apology rules him as Guilty. He is an intoxicated blogger who in his childish exuberance in finding a brave new world acts irresponsibly and desecrates Eden.
I am XenoBoy. I am the Political Savant.
The latest article by TODAY renders, with a final flourish, the entire spectrum of local media reports unreserved in its deification of the utter wrongness of bloggers who touch on socio-political issues in Singapore. Among the media organisations who had reported on the affair, TODAY was always a little bit more vacillatory, a little bit more reserved than its colleagues in the production of news in Singapore. This article makes up for it. Reserved has been rendered unreserved. The traditional media will report no more on this issue.

Mr Gilbert Koh, from the now defunct SLMJD, commented in one of my entries that he had spoken to ST journalists of HIS views on the issue. His comments are lost in space. Given his views as evidenced in the pre-defunct SLMJD days, it is safe to assume the reason why his comments to ST will never see the light of day. His comments would have made the media reports reserved in its denunciation of the Guilt of the Intoxicated bloggers.

The little Lacanian ghosts keep whispering : blog responsibly, blogging is bad, bloggers are all liars, they break the laws, evil evil evil.

There once was an ST article. Published on 3 Nov 2004. The report touched on political blogging in Singapore. AcidFlask was mentioned as with a few other bloggers. That was a media who had not yet grappled with the potential of a blog.

I am XenoBoy. I am the Political Savant.

Quote of the Day

"If I don't call you back your head spins
If I told you what I think
you'd shit your linens
"It's just another interview, nothing new"
But they don't even know my name." -- Hey Mr Brown, Wheatus
"One popular blog is Mr Brown, who pokes fun at policies in addition to providing updates on his family. Other lesser-known blogs include 'Acidflask', by a Singaporean graduate student in the United States who discusses science and the fallacy of meritocracy ... Still, their reach is limited as Web traffic to individual blogs tends to be low given the vastness of cyberspace and the millions of other websites vying for attention ... But the so-named Lee Kin Mun of Mr Brown's blog believes it is no longer possible to ignore online views. 'I think the Government knows that, and has become more transparent as a result. If it does not address the facts directly, the online discussions will decide (on issues) for it,'" -- Straits Times 3 Nov 2004


Anonymous Anonymous said...


U rock. I do not think there is a more intoxicated blogger than you. Tear the walls down yah?


7:25 AM  
Blogger Agagooga said...

"deification of the utter wrongness of bloggers"


How does one deify wrongness?

11:22 AM  
Anonymous Parkaboy said...

Yes, I'd noticed that TODAY was less insipid too. They ran an article about trial by ambush (the exact sort of pressing issue most of Singapore's mainstream media discourse treats as a mon-issue), they began rather more carefully with AcidFlask, and they have bordered on critical in their treatment of Balaji's nonsense about gays.

And yes, they've really compensated for all of that with their latest.

1:57 PM  
Blogger xenoboysg said...

To Agagooga -- Exactly!! How does one deify wrongness? Ask the producer of news in Singapore.

Though tongue in cheek : in certain quarters, Satan is a deity too.

double the intentions.

To parkaboy -- Glad you noticed. I suppose their run-in last year over the MM wife stroke issue has awakened them to the reality of news production in Sg.

5:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today will always be swing like a pendulum. Notice how alternatives have been slashed one after another. Because it is these alternatives that have the potential to sway to the dark side.

Even SPH's alternative station (now dead) was more daring in the way it dealt with current affairs. (Now, it targets a teen crowd).

Mediacorp's alternative paper, similarly, to define itself, goes to the brinks of the dark side.

Now that "alternative" TV stations are slashed, Today can only tread its path carefully.

A formidable means of maintaining hegemony is by the creating of alterity; an invincible means of perpetuating hegemony is to erase the existence of the Other altogether after creating it.

Mutant Molly Meek

10:33 PM  
Blogger Agagooga said...

So why create The Other in the first place?

11:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe the Other is created primarily as a mechanism to justify the existence of the Self and thence, create the pre-conditions for perpetual hegemony by raising the defense of necessary homogeneity.

Mad MuthaFucka

9:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mutant Molly

You are misreading Star Wars. TODAY is already part of the Dark Side. Sithed


2:24 AM  

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