Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Quite contrary


When your opinion is contrary to a newspaper reporter's angle on a story she's doing, there's a high chance your opinion won't be seen in print:
Hi Mr Lee, I'm doing an article on the influence of local bloggers and I just have a few questions. Local bloggers like yourself, mrbrown and Wendy Cheng are treated like mini celebrities, in that your readers are loyal to you and are influenced by your opinions. - do you think this is a purely local situation, because of Singapore's size? - could you tell me one or two instances in which you realised that you were able to influence people? - do you ever get special treatment at events, eg VIP passes? I hope you can get back to me really quickly! Thanks so much for your help, I really appreciate it :) -jennani Regards, Jennani Durai The Straits Times (Digital Life) Hi Jennani, Thanks for emailing. Let me qualify your statement and question: No, I am not treated like a celebrity, mini or otherwise. But there are other bloggers who can be seen to be. Xiaxue, for instance. - do you think this is a purely local situation, because of Singapore's size? No, there are bloggers in the US who are celebrities. Singapore's size helps make it seem as if it is easy to bump into a familiar face. - could you tell me one or two instances in which you realised that you were able to influence people? Yes, a few other bloggers started misspeowling words like I did. Other than that, my (very few) opinions count for naught. - do you ever get special treatment at events, eg VIP passes? I once told a bouncer that I had 2000 visitors a day at my website, and he told me, 'so do we, get back in line'. So, no. Let me know if you have other questions. Xiaxue and mrbrown are on the cc list. So, consider them asked as well. Cheers,
Kwai Lan some more lah! Press cut you out totally den you know!
iTunes' party shuffle is playing a copy of: Jericho - k.d. lang - Hymns Of The 49th Parallel, of which I have the original CD and therefore didn't steal music.


18 Comments:

Anonymous stoned.nerd said...

haha. perhaps they have no place for your wit and humour in their prissy papers.

5/25/2005 01:15:00 AM  
Blogger jettykey said...

This is funny and should be in print!.. "I once told a bouncer that I had 2000 visitors a day at my website, and he told me, 'so do we, get back in line'. So, no."

5/25/2005 01:30:00 AM  
Anonymous mantis said...

yo buddy,

are you going for EX. downunder?

me still composing my deferment letter !!!

maybe you can help !!!

5/25/2005 01:53:00 AM  
Blogger Mr Miyagi said...

No plans to defer for Ex Wallaby. Don't defer lah. Go lah.... hahaha.

5/25/2005 02:36:00 AM  
Blogger Gloria said...

Totally with you on this... not surprised that they didn't print it. Forgive me for being out of touch but this student blogging competition thing is not real right? right?

5/25/2005 05:04:00 AM  
Blogger mb said...

Gloria, the Interschool blogging thing, IS REAL.

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

5/25/2005 12:28:00 PM  
Anonymous HellsBel said...

You went to a Taufik concert?!

5/25/2005 12:45:00 PM  
Blogger ahmad said...

"- could you tell me one or two instances in which you realised that you were able to influence people?"

wah...sensitive question siarl. a bit ISD donch u think?

5/25/2005 12:51:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

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5/25/2005 01:25:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I'm taking a Mass Media class and for one of my papers, well, two, but for one of them, I mentioned the blogging scene in Singapore.

Like you said, it's "easier" for people to bump into familiar faces and the "influence" is just much more noticeable - such as xiaxue's tongue sticking out pose and its effect, which was really what I wrote about for "blogging and its effects"

5/25/2005 01:27:00 PM  
Blogger Merenwen said...

Warrau, you also kena from them? I feel slightly better about myself now knowing that I wasn't the only blogger interviewed who had her comments completely edited out.

5/25/2005 01:54:00 PM  
Blogger powerpuff said...

u know ah miyagi, i first started reading your blog because i thought your photos looks damn cool. then i realised your writing also cool coz damn hilarious in a localised way, everyone from singapore understands.... then you appear in newspapers.. you give them a monkey face expression photo... :|

aiyoh!

5/25/2005 02:41:00 PM  
Blogger Ah 9 said...

rockhampton is a nice place. $5 big burgers, outdated arcade machines in the forest, shower buckets, worm cess pool...wat more can u ask? Hehehehehe the great outdoors.. =D

5/25/2005 05:49:00 PM  
Anonymous ci'en said...

So is this the end of the papers reporting about blogging? They seem to be trying all angles!

5/25/2005 06:46:00 PM  
Anonymous lance said...

ah 9 - don't forget the frogs in the toilet bowls!

5/25/2005 08:58:00 PM  
Blogger sway said...

with an undergrad degree in media (mainly journalism) from one of the most openly left-wing unis in australia, I'm frankly finding the whole media scene in Singapore a little hard to swallow.

I guess they all have word limits to stick to and pesky sub eds and editors to report to though. *shrugs*

5/26/2005 09:51:00 AM  
Blogger Rambling Alcoholic said...

Aiyah Mr M, its not that you really wanted your comments in the papers right? You not a media whore mah... Right?

Anyway, after the last misquote, I think you should just give frivolous takes on any questions from the media that come your way. Its better to be not quoted than misquoted right?

5/26/2005 11:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

haha but if that's the angle of the story then you can't expect her to put in your comments right? they're directly in conflict with the whole story. can't come down hard on the journalist for that. anyway, saw the Who Says I'm... ? (forgot wha it was) thing in Sunday Times. very cool :) you were interviewed right after Utt??!

5/26/2005 04:01:00 PM  

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