The Limits Of This Blog Are Being Tested

This blog is a tough one.

Unlike most other blogs, my sense of self-preservation (and sometimes my concern for my worried editors) prevents me from writing anything that is really reflective of what I’m really thinking at any moment.

Oh yeah, you’ve been reading lies all this while!!! (Ok, it’s true stuff, but just watered down, sub-edited, copy-edited and filtered once more with a strainer by yours truly). You end up reading nothing but obvious axioms, pretty photos with one really expensive camera and some useless links.

BUT, I can still write the following:

Imagine if you have a blog/website that is widely read, and you somehow link being widely read to being wildly popular and liked. Your sense of popularity is inflamed by the large number of supporters you have, most who leave behind comments as inane as your online mutterings.

Then you start to publicise yourself as someone who has good credentials, who’s worked for reputable organisations, when all you did was a mere part time job where your grubby work didn’t get you an long-term job offer. When people send you legal warnings for shooting off your mouth, you proudly proclaim to the world that it’s no big deal. Perhaps you are waiting for the warning to become a court order?

You think you’re cool, you think you’re hip, you think you’re the next icon. But all you’re doing is showing the rest of the world (including your brain-dead fans) how little you know about anything.

When do you know when you know something? When you keep your trap shut where it matters most – online.

Dear unnamed recipient of this post – Do something worthwhile with your life. Get good grades, get a good salary, save some lives, do some housework…whatever. I’ve seen quite a bit of the world, yet it’s always alarming to see the vast amount of foolishness concentrated on and exuded by one individual.

I once met this man who was headed to jail for a very public assault on a woman, and he defended himself by saying, “See how many of my friends say I am such a good teacher and friend!” He kept on this crazy thing and was put through a really public disgrace later. (Ah, if only I could tell you more!)

I haven’t been reading the Bible much of late, but Proverbs is always my favourite (when reminding myself not to reveal how much of a fool I am online).

Proverbs 18:1-3 (New International Version)
1 An unfriendly man pursues selfish ends;
he defies all sound judgment.

2 A fool finds no pleasure in understanding
but delights in airing his own opinions.

3 When wickedness comes, so does contempt,
and with shame comes disgrace.

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So is this blog going to become more preachy and boring? Honestly I have no idea, it wasn’t created to please any particular individual but myself, and there aren’t that many people reading anyway. It’s really a collection of my observations that are safe enough to put up for public view

And I don’t care if anyone thinks I’m snobbish.

I’m from ACS from goodness sake, we know when someone is not colour-coordinated or has no class. That’s why parents want to put their kids in ACS rather than RI ok. Pedigree has its privileges, and I’m not just talking about a much cooler school badge.

Critical bloggers

An interesting phenomenon is starting to happen.

There seem to be self-styled experts appearing online and taking on traditional institutions as if they knew any better. It’s not just the usual gripes about “Oh the baby bonus is such a farce”, but “You guys don’t know anything. I went through university and learnt all the things that the media/govt/bank sector should be. Here’s how you should have done it.”

Let me tell you I didn’t learn very much about the real world, business concerns, ethical dilemmas and so on in school. Academia lives in its own vacuum, which is fine as long as they don’t mess up shareholder value.

My challenge to all you people who think you’re so smart – find a job in the company/institution that you are unhappy with. Why be an armchair critic when you can actually effect real change? Or are you too scared to do so? Maybe you can’t even pass the entrance test.

Blogging problem #145 – Everybody has become a consultant. But who’s paying them to talk? When talk is cheap, is it worth talking?

Mixed Media

See the new disclaimer below?

I like to gripe, but only because things could be a little better. This site has nothing to do with my company Singapore Press Holdings, and the views are entirely mine. If you are looking for insider information, juicy gossip, the scoops on any important joes, this place ain’t it. I’m afraid I lead a pretty boring heterosexual life with a nuclear family and nobody tells me anything exciting. If you want to find out more about how the local press works, please call our HR dept, perhaps there’s a job opening. But don’t cry when you take our super tough writing test ok?

Yeah, it’s to affirm that journalists and blogs do not mix, at least not in the way you’d like them to.

To cut the long story short, I’ve always believed you’ve got to be one stupid journalist if you are going to bring your working life online.

Meaning that you tell the whole world what went on in your work today, which other journalist you bitched about or why this newsmaker has a cute ass. Any journalist that lacks an internal monologue (see Austin Powers, scene when he is unfrozen from cryogenic sleep and mutters that Vanessa Kensington probably “shags like a minx” to her face) should not even be writing for the press.

You mean you can’t keep a poker face when your interviewee starts to give you hell or slams the door in your face? Or that you can’t keep an embargo?

In fact, I don’t even think journos should be posting stuff like when they’re stuck in some wartorn country and giving a blow-by-blow account online. Common (and market) sense tells you that you’re better off making your editor a happy lark with press exclusives than giving it away free to people who won’t remember your name next week. Yes, most rookie reporters are so enamoured with their new national byline, they have little idea that few people bother to scan every story for the famous author.

Ask me for a famous journo’s name off the top of my head and I can only name Roger Ebert (www.rogerebert.com). And he covers stuff like Harry Potter. But don’t mess, he won a Pulitzer ok? And he writes better than 99% of people out there. I wonder who’s his copy editor….

Of course, the problem with a blog is that it IS internal monologue. I suspect this is what confuses many bloggers. They are equating internal monologues with free speech, which somehow equates to the “new age of journalism”.

Free speech is what I say to myself when I’m on the potty, anything else incurs a cost.

For eg. Never tell your wife you think Lin Chi-Ling is hot. Cost: “I’ll box you!”

Oh well, back to my photography and usual grouses on the general vague stuff.