05 April 2008

Blogs - rubbish or effective weapons?

They formed a mighty multi-racial coalition which ruled the country for more than a decade. They were considered by many people as the only political party that could rule the country with peace, harmony and constant developements. Most of the people here didn't care much about politics as they believed that the existing government was already a perfect choice. Although sometimes there were news regarding abuse of power, most of the residents chose to ignore them and continue with their routine daily life.

In a place where the mainstream media were biased and often functioned as a mouthpiece of the ruling government, opposition parties had great difficulties to campaign. Their newspapers, which were only allowed to be published biweekly, had been talking about corruptions, misuse of police force and Internal Security Act, election scams and other untold news.

As the press freedom continued to decay, internet became a very important tool for the oppositions. Their online dailies and Blogs played important roles in publishing the hidden stories and educating people about politics and democracy. The government began to hate the political bloggers. They were warned that legal action could be taken against them, but this didn't stop the bloggers from writing.

A segment of an interview by the press with one of the ministers, published in the New Sunday Times, October 28, 2007 reflected their hatred for the bloggers;

Q: "Do you read blogs?"
A: "l don't. I don't waste my time. The few pieces that people print for me is just rubbish.
I'd rather spend my time to do things that are constructive; that go down directly to the people who are really in need of the help of the government.
Our bloggers are really not up to standard. When they put up some­thing, it's not something that they want to discuss in a very intel­lectual way.
It's more because of their anger-the language they use. Why should I read all this rubbish?
When the standard of our blog­gers has been upgraded, then probably I will look at what is writ­ten.
But anyway, they are a minority. My concern is for the majority."

It was the morning of 8th March 2008, as the ruling party entered the election with confidence. Their past glory, especially the landslide victory during the last election, raised their spirit. Their traditional campaign machinery had been working hard during the past few days.

The result of the election was surprising. The oppositions won four out of thirteen states and retained the only one they had before, marking a milestone in the history of the country. Although the ruling party won the election and retained power, there was a clear sign of unhappiness and rejection towards them reflected in their diminished electoral performance.

It was a beginning of a new era. It was a sign that people have realized that democracy is about people's power. It was a sign that people had overcome the fear created in their mind and passed on from one generation to another, that chaos would occur if the oppositions win. It was also a sign of pent up frustrations and dissatisfactions been registered at the ballot boxes.

Most importantly, it was a sign of rejection towards the biased mainstream media and a recognition for the fearless alternative media. It was a sign that political blogs were valued as a source of information.

12 comments:

Zhu said...

It took me a while to get into blogs because I used to think they were just HTML pages put up by people who had no life. Well, I'm one of them now :D

Seriously, I was really pleasantly surprised by the good quality of blogs in general. People can write pretty well and voice all kind of opinion - fascinating.

earthlingorgeous said...

Hmmm... I would like to meet this person and make him a believer hahahahaha! Just send him over my happy page ... I think he goes to the wrong pages hahahahaha!

How have you been? Just doing my blog visits. :)

zunnur said...

Zhu,

I too didn't know that blogosphere is such a great place. Before, I thought that blogs were just like websites.
Yeah, you're absolutely right, there are so many people who are not writers but they can write very well in their blogs.


Earthlingorgeous,

Sometimes, a small group of people tend to label content that they dislike or which criticize them as rubbish when most people like the content.
Yeah, your Happiness Haven can make people happy :)

I'm facing difficulty connecting to internet, some problem with my internet service provider. Hope they could solve the problem soon.

La delirante said...

Wow Zunnur! What an amazing post! I agree that the democratization of the media is great! Now anyone can have their own blog, website :) And that is absolutely fantastic. Of course, there are good and not so good blogs, which also comes down to personal tastes but then, that's the magic of diversity :)

zunnur said...

La Delirante,
Thank you for the complement.
Yeah, now anyone can blog and voice out their opinion. Alternative information is easily accessible without limitations, the only thing is to make the wise choice as there are both truth and lies in it.

earthlingorgeous said...

It looks like your internet is better now... I got all your comments even from my alter ego blog hahaha... :)

hope I was right and your net it better now:)

zunnur said...

Earthlingorgeous,

Yeah, they fixed the problem late last night, its working fine now, what a relief :)

Pinay Jade said...

Hi Zunnur,
this is a great read!i am still new in the blogoshpere but I have learned a lot so it's not rubbish at all. Blogging is definitely a powerful platform to connect to people and share knowledge and information.

zunnur said...

Pinay Jade,
I agree with you, although there are some blogs with bad contents, we can't simply label something as rubbish just to be defensive. I think that there are better way and words to voice out an opinion or dissatisfaction.

Sophiagurl said...

Hi Zunnur,

That was a great article, for awhile there I thought I was actually reading the newspaper. I loved how you put this all together. =)

I believe the blog has been very useful to a lot of people depending on their interests. And the whole is now recognizing it's power.

Thank you for sharing this valuable information. God bless!

zunnur said...

Sophiagurl,

Thank you for the inspiring words.

Yes, there are so much of information which could be found in blogs. In my opinion, the advantages of blogs are they're more reader-friendly and informal compared to websites and mass media.

posh_post said...

i love blogs! and i am definitely enjoying my time making friends. i learn a lot, too. :-)

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