Friday, October 22, 2004

S***, I've been quoted.

By KeadilanRaykat.org, nonetheless.

Let me first state that the reason why I said yes to answering Shin's questionnaire for this article is because I'm an attention-seeking whore. Let that be known.

And on to the two points elaborated by the article, before I go on about other things I did say to Shin. Since he did say he was getting a bunch of people to answer him, and he's writing for a political party's website, I don't blame him for not representing my view completely. To give him credit, though, he represented my view fairly accurately.

  1. Yes, I did think the whole Jeff Ooi saga was a mess. I'd even call it a fucking fiasco. Yes, the government did stretch its credibility on this one. So did other bloggers, though, for jumping into the bandwagon and mindlessly calling Jalan Riong every name they could think of.
  2. I do try to moderate the comments here— as well as I possibly can. Personal insults to me, I generally keep, especially if I think the insult is not worth my attention. Personal insults to people I know and like, or generally racist and inflammatory shit, I delete. I can't ban you, but I'll tell you to STFU if you don't fucking behave.

Now, for the points not covered by Shin et al.

Of who and why they did this to Jeff, I don't know or care. I will, however, comment on the result: big fuckup, dudes. Not that I don't expect anything better from you, but still, you fucked up. Congratulations.

We've apparently mastered the technology and infrastructure behind the whole Internet thing, but that's easy — it's a matter of memorization and familliarity, and even idiots can do it if they put their minds to it. I mean, take a look at some of the bloggers who are online and you'll see what I mean.

Yeah. Buncha poindexters.

I also told Shin that I hate feedback in general. There's a reason why I don't allow anonymous comments, and this is it. Given the chance, I wouldn't allow comments in a blog until I see the email address of the commenter, send a message to him to check that the email account is real, and by then still hold the right to muzzle the little shit if he pisses me off. All Blogger allows me to do is screen out non-Blogger account owners. I can live with that. For now.

I also described the newspaper industry as a ‘creaky, corrupt edifice’. But I also called bloggers ‘wanky, elitist prod-noses and memetic vigilantes’. There are reasons for this; some of it is because some of you are. Or all of you are, sometimes.

Because of this, I suggested that bloggers and newspapermen learn to work together, because more often than not the both of you will find that it is better to pool your resources and work on each other's strengths rather than pontificate about how the Other Guy is Evil or Stupid or Misguided. Stop it.

Just shut up and learn to cooperate with one another, why don't you?

Blogger Embiggened! said...

Damn you! You've exposed the central conceit that is the unspoken pillar of blogdom! Nigerian snipers will now shadow your every move, provided they don't suddenly stop to offer you 25 million USD.

How dare you unmask us for the petty, memetic vigilantes we are sometimes (or like me, all the time)? This means WAR! WAR goddammnit! I will also get my little box on PPS!

Mwahahahahaha.

Er. Anyway, have a good weekend, dude.

8:47 AM  
Blogger Pick Yin said...

‘wanky, elitist prod-noses and memetic vigilantes’ - that's me, although i have no box what-so-ever on PPS and i don't need one. heh..

work together with papermen? over me dead boddeh!!!

p/s: can i come over for some of wan's curry puffs? :D

9:17 AM  
Blogger T-Boy said...

You'll never take me alive, fuckers!

But you're welcome to come over for buka puasa. Just tell me a couple of days in advance. :)

11:59 AM  
Blogger T-Boy said...

The both of you, mind :D

Bring something along. Pick Yin, bawaklah kuih.

Ash, bawaklah X-Box XD

12:31 PM  
Blogger sashi said...

"Wanky, elitist prod-noses and memetic vigilantes".

Hmm. Well, 2 out of 3 ain't bad, I guess.

3:12 PM  
Blogger hyelbaine said...

Bloggers and newspaperment working togethere eh? That would be the day i guess :P then again nothing should be impossible for a country that preaches everything also boleh :P kekekekek

Cheers!!! :D

6:00 PM  
Blogger T-Boy said...

Sashi: Which two out of three?

Baine: Dude, we shall overcome. WE SHALL OVERCOME!!!!

6:35 PM  
Blogger A. Zulkifli said...

It warms my heart to see the fire in the belly of youths such as you. Once I was ... well. Enough. Just don't get into advertising. You are better off getting a real job where work is actually done. Definately a good read. STFU. havent heard that in ages, LOL.

10:06 PM  
Blogger DaisyBoo Blacksheep said...

‘wanky, elitist prod-noses and memetic vigilantes’...

God bless you for saying it like it is. I never could find the words, nor summon up the courage. Erk.

7:43 AM  
Blogger Rajan said...

Actually, the reason why "we" can't cooperate with "them" is because "them" is an extension of the government's powers (and thus, its opinions). Don't expect honest debates of opinion amongst the "them".

And I agree with what you say on Malaysian blogosphere. No major blogwar involving major Malaysian blogs. No stark hatred between polarized sections of it (take for example, the frequent insults passed between the Daily Kos and Little Green Footballs - no major Malaysian blog does the same!). Most of the political blogs acts as if they are part of this grand entity, with a distinctively social democrat platform.

Which is probably why I never particularly strike off with most of the local blogosphere.

4:24 PM  
Blogger sashi said...

Elitist prod-noses and memetic vigilante. I don't believe I've done enough *ahem* to qualify as wanky.... not just yet anyway.

4:49 PM  
Blogger T-Boy said...

Rajan: You won't get honest debates from some of them. I have honest debates with at least one of them, which may be enough for me.

Not every journalist in this country is a pawn, and not everyone under the news industry is an extension of the government. They're people.

The minute you think that anyone and everyone in the government == government and government == bad, then you've gone all MGG Pillai on me.

4:49 PM  

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