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An Eye on the Future of The Singapore Blogging Scene / A Brotherhood Perspective

Posted by intellisg on June 19, 2007

eyes.jpgTHIS is a recent interview conducted between J. Kompf and Darkness. Key developments in the Singaporean blogging scene will be discussed: growth factors, trajectory, direction and the various pull and push forces that will play a role in to shaping the eventual form and texture of the blogosphere.

Factors such as commercialization, business opportunities and the scope for creativity and innovation will also be discussed. Alongside these discourses an in depth comparative analysis between the MSM and blogosphere will also be examined – along with other issues, such as; the role of bloggers – their relevance – readership trends – content development etc.

Readers both new and old will also be able to gain an appreciation of the Brotherhood Press as it serves to clarify much of the philosophy, goals and common misconceptions.

Brief excerpt of interview “on the future of the blogging scene in Singapore.” Read the rest of this entry »


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Evening update

Posted by inspir3d on September 4, 2006

“Government Scholarships – Not Always the Be All and End All” a guest contributor @ Singapore Angle explains why he turned down a government scholarship even though he was the top scorer in the ‘A’-levels, but not before discussing the issue of scholarships and foreign talent.

“The Adventures of BG Yeo” Mr Wang leaves a lengthy comment in response to BG Yeo’s third post.

“Entering Treacherous Waters” A discussion of the impact of the internet on Singaporean Politics.

“The Battle of Toy,” Xenoboy, “I would like to talk about his recent call to the Young PAP to place recruitment on the top of the agenda.”

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The MSM Smiles Bravely

Posted by inspir3d on September 2, 2006

“I had mentioned that the Straits Times recently interviewed me. They had wanted to do yet another story about MSM versus alternative media. The story appears in two articles today – on the Prime News and the Insight pages.

The articles were rather …. boring. No, I’m not being mean. Just expressing my opinion.” …more (Mr Wang)

Ben Ho also gives his take on the MSM here

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What Andy Ho must know (but isn’t saying)

Posted by inspir3d on August 31, 2006

“When you first consider the matter, it would seem logical to treat the MSM and the ‘New Media’ as Andy Ho refers to internet-based alternative media, in the same fashion in regards to regulation. Hypothetically, media is media, and the same rules should be applied equally to all… right?

Wrong.” …more (Mercer Machine)

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Machiavelli on Singapore Media

Posted by inspir3d on August 28, 2006

“In order to get a sense of the rationale behind the recent apparently erratic attitude towards blogging in Singapore, it’s instructive to turn to Machiavelli’s ‘The Prince’. Specifically, what he has to say about the difficulties inherent in conquering centralized versus decentralized states is remarkably relevant when applied to the mainstream media (MSM) compared to alternative media, specifically the blogosphere.” …more (MercerMachine; recommended by Cobalt Paladin)

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Blurring Lines for a Clearer Picture

Posted by inspir3d on August 28, 2006

Writing for TODAY, Wayne Soon wonders if blogs like Yawning Bread, Singapore Angle, Singapore Economist, Commentary Singapore, and The Intelligent Singaporean can cross the chasm between New Media and the Main Stream Media so that the two mediums can “engage each other” …more (TODAYonline)

You can also find the same article (and comment on it) on Wayne’s Blog.

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A Short Review of the National Day Rally 2006

Posted by inspir3d on August 27, 2006

“Last Sunday (20/8/2006), PM Lee made his annual National Day Rally speech which was broadcasted live on almost every local TV channel (so you all couldn’t really miss it unless you all don’t have a TV set at home or were watching SCV).

On the overall, the speech by the PM, which covered a whole gamut of issues, was insightful, intelligent and confidence-inspiring. Yet, though perhaps I am nitpicking here, it seems to me, in contrast with the speeches of previous years, there was a significant lack of concrete policy proposals in this year’s speech.” …more (Free Thinker)

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Changing the Noodles

Posted by inspir3d on August 25, 2006

“The furore over the mee siam shows that the mainstream media are willing to follow the intellectual lead from the local blogosphere

For a speech that is so ludicrously predictable, the annual national day rally attracts plenty of attention. From glowing assessments of the local economy to getting Singaporeans to f*** without protection more often and half-hearted promises to ‘embrace’ the internet, no detail was spared.” …click here for the uncensored version (Twilight)

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Think PM’s slip is just a harmless mistake? Think again.

Posted by inspir3d on August 24, 2006

“Go to Prime Minister’s Office website, click on the National Day Rally Speeches and you will see that you can no longer access the ND rally speech. (

Compare the Asiaone’s ND Rally speech transcript, with the CNA report, you will notice that the sentence where LHL referred to the “Bak Chor Mee and Mee Siam Mai Hum” phrase is no longer there. (


The coverup has begun and hail to the Great Internet, we can now see that LHL quote: ‘They have to adapt but they have to remain objective, maintain a high quality newspaper and if you read something in The Straits Times or on CNA, you must know that it is real. It is quite different from reading this, say, on,’ is flawed. SPH and CNA have both “distorted” the facts. ”

Update: The mee siam mai hum comment was also edited out of the repeat telecast on TV.

If this slipup is just an insignificant mistake, why is the media censoring it and editing it? …more (forum thread started by leeroy77 @ Sammyboy’s Alfresco Shop)

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PM Lee’s Freudian slip: Two wrongs do not make a right

Posted by inspir3d on August 24, 2006

“the media then “quoted” him as saying “mee siam mai hiam” (“hiam” is pronounced hee-arm, meaning chilli in the local Hokkien dialect). (Refer to both Straits Times and Channel News Asia articles below). The whole of Singapore who tuned in to the “Live” telecast of the rally heard it distinctly that Loong said “mee siam mai harm”, and yet, the local reporters somehow ended up reporting it as “hiam” (chilli) instead of “harm” (cockles). To local Chinese (whether they are Hokkians or Cantonese or whatever dialects), these two words are distinctly differentiable, so the local journalists reporting them should not have any problem telling one from the other, unless they are deaf. What were Straits Times and MediaCorp trying to do?” …more (SG Review)

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PM’s Rally Speech – The Digital Age

Posted by inspir3d on August 21, 2006

This part of PM Lee’s rally speech is probably the most relevant to the blogosphere. The entire speech can be found here


The Digital Age – reaping the benefits, managing risks

Besides the population issue, another thing which is happening to us right now and is going to have a big impact on us is the digital age. The new technologies, the Internet, handphones, PDAs, all kinds of things which beep, which vibrate, which communicate, which connect us to cyberspace, not in heaven but somewhere on earth. It’s a completely different world. We haven’t talked about it but you just think back one generation how things have changed.

When I was in university, away three years, came back once. I telephoned home three times, once a year to report results. Very big event, very difficult to set up, cost a lot of money. You speak for three minutes, you put down the phone. Now, families communicate across the world as if they were side by side. I met one mother who told me, “My daughter is in London, teenager, every night she gets home she will SMS me to tell me she has got home safely.” I met another father, this one a grassroots leader in West Coast with Iswaran, his son is in Florida, grown up, married, but every day he will talk to his son video camera, MSN, Microsoft Networks, almost free. It’s instantly. If he’s on the other side of the world, you will call him. If he is two tables away from you, you will also telephone call him.

So we’ve changed. How we think and concentrate has changed. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dangerous Minds

Posted by inspir3d on August 15, 2006

It’s Cobalt Paladin’s turn to comment on Andy Ho’s article …more (CP)

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