Archive for the 'media' Category

27
Mar
08

Tibet and bootlicking

I wonder what Singapore has to gain from sucking up to China?

“Singapore supports the declared policy of the Chinese Government to protect the lives and property of its citizens from violent demonstrators with minimum use of force. We are opposed to the politicisation of the Olympics. We note the comment of Premier Wen Jiabao that China is prepared to hold dialogue with the Dalai Lama based on “One China” and the renunciation of violence, and we are relieved that the situation in Tibet is calming down.”

Link

When on the opposite end of the world, reported in the British papers:

An Associated Press reporter, Charles Hutzler, described one young Buddhist monk who yelled “Tibet is not free! Tibet is not free!” and then burst into tears.

Link 

Perhaps it not my place to criticize MFA’s policy.  But this is the second time Singapore has taken a ‘close one eye’ stand with regard to violent suppression of dissent. Remember Myanmar?

Photographs are not the whole truth. But who can deny their immediacy? The accompanying photograph with the TimesOnline article is especially poignant.

19
Mar
08

A significant speech

One of the best speeches of the presidential race so far. Inspiring, thought provoking and gently rebuking.  Here’s the full transcript on TimesOnline.co.uk

03
Feb
08

A photo is worth a hundred words, yet thousands more are left unspoken

When reading the history of the Vietnam War-albeit not the most neutral account of it-on Wikipedia, the impression I got was that the Vietcong were the good guys. The American supported South Vietnam forces were inept, corrupt and cowardly.

Like many other conflicts during the Cold War era, this one would be seen as a proxy war between Communism and Capitalism, two economic doctrines as opposed as the north pole is to the south pole. But unlike many conflicts of the 20th century-this war had a photo that is iconic to it as the war itself was an icon of the 60-70s era.

The chilling execution of a Vietcong rebel by a South Vietnamese general.

Eddie Adams was the photojournalist-and one thing I learnt today: In subsequent interviews, he (Eddie) ‘wished he hadn’t taken the picture‘.

Adams wrote in Time magazine, “The general killed the Viet Cong; I killed the general with my camera. Still photographs are the most powerful weapon in the world. People believe them, but photographs do lie, even without manipulation. They are only half-truths. What the photograph didn’t say was, ‘What would you do if you were the general at that time and place on that hot day, and you caught the so-called bad guy after he blew away one, two or three American soldiers?'”

The linked article is a must read if we are to understand what we really want in an independent press. Yes, the Malaysian public has a right to know, a right to know truly-and truly know.

20
Nov
07

Mass effect

Mass Effect for the Xbo360 ships. Reviews are generally good. Gamespy reported technical glitches running on the Xbox which then leads me to ask

Will it come out of the PC? And will it perform better?

Bioware has ported many of its titles to the PC at some later date e.g. KOTOR, Sith Lords and Jade Empire. It would be surprising if ME didn’t get ported.

I’ll be on a lookout on this one.

22
Sep
07

VIDEO: Crazy driving lesson

This brings back memories about learning how to drive for the very first time. But I laughed my head of watching it. Depending on certain sensitivities, you either will be really humoured or really offended.

(By the way, what’s with an ABC  having a mother who speaks in a Filipino accent?)

19
Sep
07

Oh my God!

I first read about it in RockyBru’s blog. A video-clip showed lawyer, VK Lingam having a phone coversation somebody, allegedly our current Chief Justice way back in 2002. You bet that it has nothing to do with the fish head curry they had in Restoran Mamak.

Heading over to Anwar Ibrahim’s blog, I watched the clip. Although the audio was good, it was still hard to make out what they are talking about. A written transcript is available and a cursory scan shows that something fishier than fish head curry is afoot, or rather has happened.

This sort of confirms what everybody has been suspecting all along, lawyers, judges and well connected Datuks are all in cahoots.

A can of worms has been opened and the next few days will see many, many fierce verbal attacks.  The way I see it-and I hope that I’m wrong-this will be a battle between the alternative media and the print and broadcasting media over whose version of the events will become ‘truth’.

…And I can’t help but notice how well timed this release was-so close to the ‘imminent’ GE. Anwar is shrewd.

16
Sep
07

Colin MacRae dies in heli crash

Fans of rally sports will be saddened to know that Colin MacRae died in a helicopter crash.

Reported in the TimesOnline.co.uk

THE former rally driving champion Colin McRae was killed and his five year-old son feared dead in a helicopter crash yesterday afternoon. The aircraft came down in Jerviswood, Lanarkshire, half a mile from the family’s home and burst into flames just after 4pm.

What’s also tragic was that it happened during a family and friends outing, as evidenced by the fact that his 5 year old son was with him.




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