t Double Yellow's Musings: Insight of the week
The warped mind of Double Yellow craves for humor everyday. His daily dose comes from The Straits Times, The Sunday Times, Today, Channelnewsasia, etc. He also thinks that because of this preamble, this blog will never get featured in the local media. And of course, please read the Disclaimer before embarking on the journey.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Insight of the week

I am one of those who reads the local papers religiously – less for information about worldly events and more to find out (and ROTFWL) the next thing for which Singapore is a first (e.g. hosting a toilet conference) or has become a hub (e.g. TCM). In spite of this, there was a facet of the media that was totally oblivious to me.

This morning, my buddy mentioned something to me that was so profound. It went something like this…. “have you noticed how every time the local media picks up on a social phenomenon, it becomes totally uncool?” For a moment, I did not know what to say, a moment that allowed by buddy to elaborate.

Take the instance of blogging – this ‘was’ something so cool. We had people publishing stuff on the web – stuff that the local media would not even think about doing so in their daily dose of national education. And indeed, these pages were a pleasure to read and the authors were considered bold. In the last coupla months, the local media has picked up on the issue of blogging (they never seem to grow up and continue to call it online diaries). Every other week, we had a new blog ‘introduced’ to us and the newspapers would highlight what they considered the best post of the blog. Once that happened, blogging suddenly became uncool. Somehow, in the stroke of a pen, the local media had tarnished the cool factor of blogging. We suddenly knew that they knew about what we knew…..

Every Tom, Dick and Harry now keeps an online diary(!!) and before you know it, the gahmen begins scouring the blogs for stuff that would potentially defame them. Before long, they stumble upon one and after some huffing and puffing, the whole house of blogging has been brought down. Sadly, blogging is nowhere as cool as it used to be…..

P.S: I could tell you the name/website of my buddy but I’ll have to kill you.


Blogger Heavenly Sword said...

Hm...I'm afraid I will have to disagree with this one - with all due respect, of cos :)

Ok, here it goes...

Blogging will be cool, whether or not mainstream media covers it. If blogging can so easily 'become' uncool just because the mainstream media covers it, then this in itself makes blogging uncool (to put it differently, if blogging's image is so easily destroyed, then it deserves to be regarded as uncool).

Thus for me, the coolness of blogging lies in the way it operates independently of mainstream media.

9:57 PM  
Blogger doubleyellow said...

heheh...i was prob generalizing too much when i said blogging is uncool. but somehow i just feel, all the so-called featured blogs in the local media are 'harmless' :p

11:06 PM  

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