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Welcome!!, for all ST readers

if u've found ur way in by way of ST Home Section's article mentioning my blog name ('Jeff! Lim') (that's on page H3)... welcome.

Feel free to prance around. I know i do.

(wave ur hands in the air!!!)

I know my blog has been wonderfully summed up in one single statement as "filled with sarcastic barbs against the Government and reflections on everyday life." I'm not so sure how true this is, actually. But of course, i must defer to the great journalistic integrity (and accuracy) of our very own local free press.

But who am i to say anything, huh? After all..., i dont own the press around here. And of course... nobody even bothered to contact me at all, to try and see what i might have to say.

Anyway, have a laugh, folks! that's what this site is ultimately about.

And to reiterate once again - if anybody is interested in doing stand-up comedy.., do contact me!!! (my email address is at the top of the blog; the Void Deck people managed to contact me - so it's not like my email address is unreadable like that). I dont do political comedy though (that's best left to this blog, where freedom of expression in the spirit of comedy is at least guaranteed. For now anyway. Until perhaps the next talkingcock.com downtime).

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UPDATE: i have taken the effort to reproduce the abovementioned ST Home article. Credit must be given to myrick for taking the pains to preserve the article before the STupid 3-day window closed on the thing...

Note also: the original writer/editor(s) did not see it necessary, apparently, to include links to the sites that they were so high-handedly giving their opinion of to you. The links provided here have been painstakingly collected from various people, and various sources. This blog owner would NOT like to thank both the writer, and the editor or editors concerned behind the article for the fantastic omission, and the abundance of journalistic integrity. This special reproduction has been brought to u by the letters, F... U... and the number 3.

As usual, emphasis mine, [comments in square brackets] mine as well.

More 'nameless' bloggers airing political views
Online diaries sprouting - one even has strategies for opposition

By Sue-Ann Chia

AN INTERNET-SAVVY generation of younger Singaporeans, who have their opinions and are willing to share them on the Web, has spawned a new trend here of political blogging - online diaries expressing political views.

They include the likes of 'Xeno Boy', a Singaporean studying political science in Britain, who started his blog two months ago. He has written four essays so far, including one on political strategies for the opposition to mobilise younger voters.

He is not the first. A handful had started penning their views online earlier. An Internet search threw up blogs such as 'Policestate' and 'Vox Leo'. Political watchers and bloggers expect more to sprout up.

Poet and writer Alfian Sa'at, 27, whose pet topics include freedom of expression and Malay rights, said this is because more Singaporeans are becoming 'cynical and disenchanted with the unapologetically partisan political analysis in the local media'

Editors of The Void Deck, a local political website which started to feature political blogs recently, said the ease of setting up blogs and the appeal of going online contributed to more alternative views being aired in cyberspace.

But Nanyang Technological University communication and information lecturer Randolph Kluver disagreed that more blogs will flourish. [MY GODDD, has this guy even caught on to 'e-mail' yet???]

'I just don't see much of a future for them until regulatory policies are relaxed somewhat, or until some sort of event occurs in which a blog can provide information the media cannot [what??? has this not happened already??? Case in point: this article itself - with this blog (and others) providing the links so that u can go make up ur mind for urself instead of letting the ST tell u what to think about each individual blog],' he said.

A Media Development Authority (MDA) spokesman said Internet content providers engaging in the propagation, promotion or discussion of political and religious issues relating to Singapore must register with the authority.

These include all political party websites and sites like Sintercom, an online magazine and forum on politics and current affairs. Individual sites and blogs need register only if the MDA asks them to do so.

A blog is an individual's collection of commentaries and is frequently updated.

Local blogs have been around for at least two years, with the bulk being personal musings or teenage angst. But some have moved to focus on socio-political commentary.

One popular blog is Mr Brown, who pokes fun at policies in addition to providing updates on his family. Other lesser-known blogs include 'Acidflask', by a Singaporean graduate student in the United States who discusses science and the fallacy of meritocracy.

Then there are 'Molly Meek' and 'Jeff! Lim', whose blogs are filled with sarcastic barbs against the Government and reflections on everyday life. Others have names like 'PAP!PAP!' but carry disclaimers that they are not political sites.

Blogs can have a major impact - like in the US where sites like those of Time magazine essayist Andrew Sullivan or University of Tennessee law professor Glenn Reynolds have been influential in shaping public opinion.

Most bloggers who talk about Singapore politics hide behind the cloak of anonymity, like 'Xeno Boy' who does not list an e-mail address.

One who revealed his identity recently was Irishman Steven McDermott, 33, who is behind 'Singabloodypore'.

'There is a perception that getting involved in politics will get you into trouble,' he said, adding that he revealed himself only after he left Singapore last month.

Blogger 'Vox Leo' would only say he is a Singaporean in his mid-20s studying history in a Missouri university. He started his blog in July because 'too often, there is only one source of information for Singaporeans'.

Still, their reach is limited as Web traffic to individual blogs tends to be low given the vastness of cyberspace and the millions of other websites vying for attention.

But the so-named Lee Kin Mun of Mr Brown's blog believes it is no longer possible to ignore online views. 'I think the Government knows that, and has become more transparent as a result. If it does not address the facts directly, the online discussions will decide (on issues) for it,' he said.

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Blogger Patricea Chow HaHaa-ed:

I see you've also discovered that you are semi-famous now...

Enjoy it. It might prove more 'lucrative' than standup comdey.

Btw, where are my CDs???!!!! *sob*

Wednesday, November 03, 2004 6:27:00 PM  
Blogger Jeff! Lim HaHaa-ed:

yeah... apparently. I'm semi-famous now, lol. (And u are now semi-famous as well, by association - ha!)

Dont worry about ur cds! i was just thinking about them (again) this afternoon... I'll contact u today (considering that it's past midnight already) about it. Sorry once again for the delay...

Thursday, November 04, 2004 12:31:00 AM  
Blogger friskodude HaHaa-ed:

I can't believe you weren't contacted about that bloggers article in the recent ST -- no, wait, I find that easy to believe, since few other bloggers were actually contacted for contributions or insights into the Singaporean blogosphere (how I hate that word). Looks like only Steven (Hicky) had some say, and where were the links to everyone's blogs?

Friday, November 05, 2004 2:23:00 AM  
Blogger Jeff! Lim HaHaa-ed:

actually, i think you'll have to re-read that article. (I would be tempted to write "news article" - but it fails journalistic standards, and so...). It's not true that only Hicky (ignoring Mr Brown) had his say.

Regarding not giving the links... i suppose that's just the article's way of following ST's long-established tradition of not reporting the news - but merely telling people what to think. It has, in the past, failed to publish reply letters (in response to "news" written about them) by opposition members/parties as well.

Friday, November 05, 2004 11:00:00 AM  

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