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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2007 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Loh Chee Kong was thinking aloud on the role of journalists after Vivian said that one of the media's role is to expose Govt's wrongdoings. This is a major shift, if for real, in the role of the media.

But Chee Kong was sensible enough to ask whether it is just a red herring. And everyone in the media too did not think it wise or worth more reading into it. It was spoken and forgotten. Silence follows on this issue.

The role of the media is simply to inform, educate and entertain. I will just stick to this sacred formula to be safe. Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2007 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Singapore Press Club gets it right the second time

'It has been an embarrassing start for the new management of the Singapore Press Club.

The first order of business was to correct a gaffe....

A news report in the ST, based on the circular, triggered a flurry of email among club members and office bearers, with one describing the circular as "misleading and inaccurate" and urging that it be withdrawn immediately.

Another member wrote "the record does need to be set straight" but added that it would be a "shame if issuing a correction to members is at the ocst of any embarrassment to..."

A third member who said he was uncomfortable with the circular wrote "we need to quickly control the damage".'

The above was reported in the Today paper on the mistake made regarding the appointment of Patrick Daniel as the 'new First Vice President" of the Press Club but there was no such position.

The mistake was later corrected by Leslie Fong.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Front Page News

The front page of a newspaper is always reserved for the most important news of the day. Today, the most important news in Singapore are:

1. JI and terrorism.
2. Young superstar, boy won top film awards
3. Measures to cut children drowning
4. How to make strong coffee.

These are the things that Singaporeans are worried or concerned about.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2007 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When ex cheat is rewarded for dishonesty

This is the headline of a letter by Yap Guat Hoon. Yap was appalled by the publicity splashed across the media and questioned the value we are passing to the young or to the masses.

'As parents, we must be watchful of subtle messages that permeate our minds and that of our children. The media, too, must be on guard as it weighs the opportunity to inform and its power to influence.' Yap Guat Hoon

Is there a difference between this kind of cheats and those cheating public donations? At one time, when poverty was the order of the day in China, cheating, robbery, con men, etc all became a profession, a way of life. And we too have HK movies glorifying such professionals. Gangsterism as well, with their own honour and loyalty codes.

We got to be careful and be thinking, and not be misled by the glorification of tinsel towns. Or we already have accepted such values and that our mindsets have changed to become MoneyMind.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Power relationship between the ruler and the being ruled

In a totalitarian, authoritarian or dictatorial system, the power relationship is very simple. The ruler has absolute power and owns everything, including power of course. And they act in such a way that power will be theirs forever. This in many instances lead to the wielding of power without any restraint, and abuses are unavoidable. But the rulers have no fear as the ruled are unlikely to do anything, nor can they do anything to the rulers. Unfortunately, history has proven that this is not true as in the case of Saddam Hussein and his family. Also happened in ASEAN countries.

But during the reign of these rulers, the ruled will accept whatever that they have to take. It was a defeatist attitude, a hopeless situation. The sheep and the shepherd. The people were owned by the rulers and their lives were meaningless except just to exist, but at the mercy of the rulers.

In the western democracy model, the US and Europe, the rulers understand that their power is temporal, transcient. They are elected only for a number of terms. And it is only a matter of time before they become common folks, walking side by side with the people in the market or laughing together in the football stadium. Such rulers tend to be less dismissive and arrogant. For they will fall flat on their face when power is not there.

And the people knew the formula. So the people are freer in their thoughts. They speak up when they need to. They need not fear that the rulers will fix them up nicely. And if the rulers do that, they have ways to answer back.

Perhaps this is the strength of the western model, when power is not perpetuated as if it will always be there and those who assumed power can do what they want. The probability of abuses is that much lower as all good things will come to an end very rapidly.

Where are we? Why did so many people that I talked to, even my friends, all have this undisclosed fear? Didn't they know that the bugger could be his kampong kid or the boy in the next HDB flat, but once in power, he becomes something different, someone to fear? Would they feel the same if they know that the bugger will in a matter of time become being ruled rather than the ruler?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2007 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many little birds said

I have spoken to many little birds or many little birds have said to me, the same trend of thinking, why waste time posting? We have a great system, a new paradise, make the best out of it. Go out and make all the money that you can and enjoy life, more wine, karaoke, golfs, Batam etc. That's life and living for the successful Singaporeans.

Let me qualify. Firstly, that I am not wasting time. My postings are done on my spare time which I can find plenty throughout the day. A little thoughts here and there and ideas pop up. And I am still trying to grab some money as best I can to have a little life the Singaporean way, the Singaporean aspiration.

Now, how first world is a country that thinks this way? Read the msm or listen to the bird talks, it is all about the great buys and the big profits from the rising property prices, the killings in the stock exchange, the million dollar salaries. There is a lot of buzz of this kind. But where is the buzz that will see a little renaissance in this first world wannabe extraordinary island? If there are any worthy social or political discussions, very likely they are conducted behind closed doors. Snippets did came through in the msm, probably considered not too harmful. And there is also the official line of discussion by those who can set the agenda.

I saw this article in the morning paper talking about what it takes to have more Einsteins. Walter Isaacson's theme is best summarised in this phrase, 'The whole theme of the last century, and of Einstein's life, is about people who fled oppression in order to go places to think and express themselves...he believes that the only way to have creativity and imagination is to nurture free thought - rebellious free thought.'

How does this compares to what the little birds thought was best for this little island? Make money and live life! Isaacson was talking about producing great talented people with great minds. And one of the prerequisites is to 'nurture rebellious, imaginative free thinkers, rather than try to control expression.'

Actually this is probably the most important message the the msm is trying to put across discreetly through this little article.

The absence of alternative or rebellious views on social and political issues is stark. And to some, it is good for everyone. There is only one source of political view and one truth and one superior thought, and we are selling this to the world as the model for the future on how to govern a state. That is how extraordinary we are.

Time to talk to the birds and be another little bird. Birds of the same feather flock together.Wink

Imagination is more important than knowledge - Einstein
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2007 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Little birds busy catching worms

When all little birds are busy catching their worms, all things under heaven will be peaceful. Everyone will be happy making their fortune in their own ways. People will simply be turned into economic animals and be contented in what they are doing and all the merry makings.

But things will not be simply wished and the problems will go away. The political animals will have a field day engineering the system to their advantage. And Rip Van Winkle will wake up one day not knowing where he is or what has happened. The world around him would have changed without him knowing, without his input and without his interest.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I expect the Press to whistle blow - Vivian

That was what the Press was told by Vivian Balakrishnan. But according to PN Balji, the local media was taken to task by the foreign media for an obvious lapse in their reporting of the SGX affair. It was Dow Jones and The Asian Wall Street Journal that forced the issue and a change of mind at SGX.

The episode is best described by Balji as 'A Fortnight that shouldn't be forgotten.'

And Balji's article is in the Today paper. So at least the Today paper is feeling the pinch for the local msm for not playing the role of a watchdog. And it needs the foreign media to do the job.

What does all these means? When Taksin was in power, everything was alright. So was the time when Suharto was in power. Their local media just played along with the power. But once power changes hand, all the skeletons came out. That is the powerful role of the press when it acts the role that it knows best.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

He who pays the Piper, calls the tune !

You fortgotten ....................................
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

During war, the enemies will launch psychological warfare by any means
to deceive, influence and misinform each other in order to win the war.

During peace, the govts will launch psychological operations by any means
to deceive, influence and misinform their citizens in order to retain and
perpeturate their power.

So, psychological warfare and psychological operations are part and
parcel of war and peace. Everyone in the power game is playing a
psychological game.

The winner takes it all! If you can't win them, join them.
The cake is there for everyone to share. Only thing is that if you have
a bigger stomach, you can have a bigger piece; not if you have a
bigger mouth.
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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2007 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Sunday Times reported on Lim Swee Say's talk to a group of young and bright eyes unionists. And the reporter, Keith Lin, reported that Swee Say gave them 'an insight in the challenges of governing Singapore.'

For his insightful anecdotes, Swee Say was described as 'vintage'. I can imagine all the impressionable young unionists going ga ga with what Swee Say had shared with them.

If Swee Say has risen to the level of vintage, and he is only in his early 50s, and bearly 10 years in politics, what would he be appropriately called in another 10 years, artifacts or antiques? Wink
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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2007 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Age of citizen journalism is here

And this is what the media big bosses are saying. Their comments are justified by the coverage of people on the ground, at the scene, shooting and relaying information and pictures to media organisations to broadcast or put into prints. Handphones and digital cameras are very handy tools for the coverage of instant news.

And there is the great happenings at Youtube with everyone trying out their flair and showing off what they have shot.

What the media gurus forget to say is that citizen journalism is journalism of the people. The people choose their agenda and report things they want to report. This is a huge difference from what one reads in the media when the content is chosen by the editor. Now the citizens decide what they want to write, print and shoot and read.

My denture almost fell out when I read this statement from ReuterTV's senior producer Jahabar Sadiq who cautioned against the bias in such material. "I 've seen videos that were edited and shaped in such a way that they presented just one point of view...News agencies will still be there to provide a neutral point of view - a view that has integrity and is created by professionals with very good editorial policies.' He said.

How much is true in Jahabar's statement? 10% perhaps. All the news we read are edited and shaped in such a way that they present the views of the journalist or that of the media or broadcasters. It is often a one sided view. A neutral view? What a load of bullshit!

And integrity, created by professionals with very good editorial policies? Integrity in what? Good policies according to who? The only thing professional is that the people are professional people being paid to do what they are told to do.

Only in citizen journalism is there independence of thoughts and ideas reflecting what the citizen sees, hears and reports, of course with his taint of biasness. At least the citizen does not pretend to be neutral and objective.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2007 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another great debate in the making - The right balance

This time we are seeing learned counsels trained to argue in courts arguing in the media. And we are seeing two of the best taking sides on Champs, Chumps and Chimps. The key issue probably is about who are the Champs, the Chumps and the Chimps.

Philip Jayeratnam is not comfortable about the remuneration system in the public sector, including the salaries of Ministers.

Shanmugam is now out to defend the goodness of the system. The Today paper reported, 'Mr Shanmugam, however, argues that Singapore must strike the right balance between valuing the contribution to society through public service and paying reasonably for that service.'

Now, right balance according to who? Many, including Jeyaratnam, must have disagreed with the present right balance. That's why the issue was hotly talked about in every little corners of the society, including the msm and cyberspace.

But this is the right balance, the best balance, in fact less than perfect, as the salaries paid are still below the benchmark provided by the formula. So who should have the final call and say 'I am right. My version of the right balance is the right balance.'
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2007 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does anyone care if Ah Seng also has his version of what he thinks should be the right balance?
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2007 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cyber attacks

This forum has been repeatedly attacked continuously by foracious postings of vulgar pornography to give the impression that it is a vulgar site. The originators hoped that by so doing, innocent people, decent people would stay clear of the forum.

I have to concientiously monitor my site to erase them as quickly as they appeared. Initially I thought that these were perverts who just wantonly post their wares thinking that the rest of the people are like them. But as the frequency increased and with a certain pattern being formed, it is clear that their visits and postings are purposeful but not of the marketing kind. They cannot be so stupid to offer their wares in a forum that is obviously from a different world from them. The target audience is not here.

The originators of these attacks often disguised themselves and posted from different countries around the world, from Europe, America, Middle East, Africa, Asia and also from Singapore. But their activities are standard processes of cyber attacks.

The three most common tactics are web defacement, which is what they are doing here. Visitors coming here will have vulgar pornography starring at their face. It is so offensive.

The second tactic is to flood the network or forum to overwhelm the system and make it inaccessible to other users or visitors.

The third is data modification. I had one doing this in my forum, www.mysingaporenews.blogspot.com, who posted derogatory messages using my nick.

Though the cyberspace is quite lawless and wild, there are still existing laws that can be used to apprehend the culprits who intentionally go out to attack cyber sites. But there are culprits that are probably above the laws.
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