Tuesday, October 11, 2005

STruggling Roles

I am XenoBoy. I am the Political Savant.
Another veiled assault at a blog. My dear ST Journalists, why are you so afraid?
There was once a photo-journalist who shot himself in the head after taking pictures of starving African children.

There was once two journalists who brought about the downfall of the most powerful man on Earth and in so doing, stopped a senseless war in SEA.
ST journalists, you know your own power. Don't you remember?
Remember a few months back during the NKF affair?
Remember how you systematically destroyed TT Durai and ripped his credibility into pieces with your choice of words, headlines, pictures and innuendoes?
Remember how you gently evoked some subtle thematic balances in the reporting of the debacle? Carefully but surely demonising your enemy into public enemy number one.
Remember how you stoked the flames of public hatred squarely onto TT Durai with repeated coverage that he will not resign?
Remember that picture of a defiant Durai?
Remember how you twisted the peanuts out of MM Goh's wife and brought public outrage onto new heights?
Remember how the people and even the new media lauded you, the ST jouralist?
Remember the feeling of being a hero of the People, for once? To be an independent journalist?
When the People thought you did it out of true public interest and not self interest or regime interest?

So tell me ST Journalist. Has the ST found its role yet?
I am XenoBoy. I am the Political Savant.
"Father, I betrayed you. I trampled on the picture of Christ", said Kichijiro with tears, "In this world are the strong and the weak. The strong never yield to torture and they go to Paradise; but how about those like myself who are born weak ... who when tortured and ordered to trample on the sacred image ..." "There are neither the strong nor the weak. Can anyone say that the weak do not suffer more than the strong?" -- Shusaku Endo, Silence


Anonymous Anonymous said...

XenoBoy is being ironic again. It is in Molly's opinion seditious to suggest that the ST has to find its role. It cannot be searching for its role because its role is and has to be pre-given by the MIW.

If it starts searching for its role, then there would be disorder!

Molly Meek, the ghost of a ghost

11:11 PM  
Blogger Agagooga said...

It's the nation-building press. Sedition is not allowed!

"There was once two journalists who brought about the downfall of the most powerful man on Earth and in so doing, stopped a senseless war in SEA."

Who might this be? Nixon?

3:11 AM  
Blogger xenoboysg said...

God bless you Melissa. hahaha

Molly : Hmmm that means my thesis that the ST did the NKF out of public interest is incontrovertibly flawed. There goes Achilles.

Agagooga : Yep i was thinking about Nixon and the two WP reporters. "And finally, to all of you who are listening, the American people: Your steadfastness in supporting our insistence on peace with honor has made peace with honor possible.", Nixon in his death throes trying to salvage his career. Though, I started to think, hmmm does the Killing Fields journalists and Pol Pot qualify?

10:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In many countries, the best indication who a person will vote for is from the newspaper he reads. For example "That guy reads the left-wing tribune" He almost certainty votes for the labour party.

Same goes for Singapore!!!
Long live Singapore.

3:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Molly : Hmmm that means my thesis that the ST did the NKF out of public interest is incontrovertibly flawed. There goes Achilles."

It did the NKF "in" out of public interest? Nah, that wasn't really your thesis. Partly, it was out of self-interest. (The other part depends on what you define as "self").

Anyway, Molly's humble mini sub-historiography of the NKF saga:

1) The SPH criticized a Mediacorp charity show before the brave new merger. Self-interest. (Was anyone surprised that later the competition was branded destructive? This is destruction--internal conflict within the Symbolic Order that threatens to emasculate the Father).

2) TT Duracell sued some people. Sighz. Wrong move. (I mean, how could the premier propaganda machine be wrong or defamatory?) The ST had to defend itself. Self-interest again.

3) Some politician "warns" during the saga's peak that the papers need to be objective in their reporting--don't slam the NKF (read: question only TT Durai, not the NKF, not charities in general). This is the most drmatic turn of events--from "destructive competition," the saga is turned into damage control and then into productive regressive reporting. ... Did I forget to mention the media merger?

4) The symbolic order is restored. Time to target blogs instead of the NKF.

Sometimes we make fun of the ST, but we really have to take our hats off too.


8:57 PM  
Blogger Agagooga said...

I suggest you implement word recognition to fight off spam.

In Singapore, some of us read the ST to laugh, deconstruct it or because there is no other alternative. So the newspaper litmus test fails.

2:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


umm...okay - i guess i was trying to be ironic - probably failed on you..


10:47 PM  
Blogger Agagooga said...


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