Hot issues within and without Singapore’s recent blogosphere
10, November, 2006 Leave a comment
Actually, is there such as thing as a blogosphere ‘owned’ by any country or anyone? Doesn’t the blogosphere actually transcend space and in a way, time? So, I guess what I actually mean by the title for this week’s posting is to talk about the recent issues abuzz amongst Singaporeans.
Of course, top on the list (and indeed, holding top spot on technorati) is 18 year-old Wee Shu Min’s by now infamous “get out of my elitist face” remark. Does it reflect the immature and myopic rantings of a young Singaporean? Does it speak the truth that many others do not dare articulate? Does it reflect a deeper and more insidious social rift in Singapore, as suggested by the Straits Times article in today’s publication? One of the elites versus the commoners?
Perhaps another way to look at the issue is also to consider the role of the blog in society as well as the amount of freedon of speech, so to speak, that is allowed. Not forgetting the role of censure, and hence censorship by society when one oversteps the boundaries (the girl took down that infamous posting). Let’s not forget that her poor father, PAP MP Mr Wee Siew Kim was also forced to make a public apology (kind of) for his daughter’s elitist remarks. Looks like self-censorship would be something the family would be enforcing from now on.
Now, here’s yet another example of how an issue within the blogosphere has affected that without. If the issue does indeed reflect a true schism in society, then perhaps it’s not such a bad thing that Shu Min made her remarks and forced Singaporeans to take note and hopefully arrest the division before it’s too late. And if people are talking and discussing the issue, then that’s not a bad start in healing the rift.
Another issue on my mind is whether employees should be blogging about work? In blogtv this week (website: http://www.blogtv.com.sg), there was an example of an air stewardess who was fired as she put up photos of herself in her uniform in her blog. Lawyer Adrain Tan who was a guest star on the show cautioned about blogging about work. On the other hand, Debbie Weil, in her book on corporate blogging encouraged companies and employees to blog, and highlights that it’s one of the new PR and corporate communciations tools companies need to employ. According to her, company websites are now passe. At least, companies should try to include a blog on the website.
Just new in today’s paper is a survey on Singaporeans and it seems that one in three Singaporeans (which makes me the one in three!) are creating content for the Internet. The term “prosumer” was used. It’s the first time I’ve heard of this word. Interesting! Yet another new coinage that comes with new technology. The word comes from “producer” and “consumer” of media content! Guess what, I’m a PROSUMER! Hm..somehow, it doesn’t have quite a nice ring to it, does it? I guess I’ll stick to ‘blogger’ for now. No wait, it’s Blogscapes Artist. Now, doesn’t that sound better?
I look forward to reading your comments on this week’s posting.