Well, Mr Wang would much rather be mentioned as "Blog of the Week" for his commentary on Lee Hsien Loong's National Day Rally or his critique on the Presidential Non-Elections. But never mind.
On an overall basis, Mr Wang feels satisfied with how this whole matter about privacy and Tomorrow's linking policy has turned out. Four out of 10 Tomorrow editors, namely Agagooga, Shianux, James Seng and Mr Miyagi, commented on Mr Wang's views right here on this blog. (Admittedly, Mr Miyagi's comment had no real substance - but are you surprised).
- Mr Miyagi.
Mr Wang may or may not have succeeded in changing all or any of the Tomorrow editors' minds. But at least Mr Wang has made them more aware of alternative perspectives on this matter. Even if Tomorrow does not officially revise its linking policy, Mr Wang is sure that the next time round, the editors will pause to think for at least Three Additional Seconds before they invade someone else's privacy.
Sept 6, 2005
Blogs of the week
Reactions to linking to blogs
The Singapore blogosphere was recently hit by a wave of discussions over popular aggregate blogsite, Tomorrow.sg's linking policy. There are those who feel that a little discretion is needed, and that permission should be asked before a blog is linked. But another argument is that blogs are public in nature and that if you do not want what you write to be published, then don't blog. The discussion has split the blogosphere into two, but hey, whoever said a little intellectual discourse is bad? MELISSA LWEE checks out what bloggers are saying.
Did Mr Wang Say So?
"At one level, Mr Wang agrees with Tomorrow's position, for the reasons that Agagooga has stated. Mr Wang himself regularly links to other bloggers' posts without seeking their permission. Although 'Did Mr Wang Say So?' is on a much smaller scale than Tomorrow, the same principles ought to apply. On the other hand, Mr Wang uses his brain when choosing his hyperlinks. And Mr Wang considers it inappropriate for Tomorrow to take an overly cavalier approach to this task. It is one thing to say, 'Oh, YOU put your personal story on the Internet yourself, don't blame US for publicising it.'
This kind of excuse, while not entirely invalid, is a poor excuse for the Tomorrow editors to display bad editorial taste, to make bad editorial choices and to be lousy human beings.Tomorrow (or any other blog) is perfectly free to act as a screaming tabloid if it wants to. It doesn't necessarily follow that it is a good thing for Tomorrow (or any other blog) to act as a screaming tabloid. And the fact that people didn't stick 'Respect My Privacy' banners or buttons all over their own blogs doesn't mean that a Tomorrow editor can't exercise some good judgment on his own accord to do what's right.'