Are you astounded yet? Perhaps not. Seriously speaking, this is NOT the worst kind of article we've ever seen from SPH. Here's Andy's article, with the relevant sentence highlighted by me.
For the rest of the article, click here. I'm not commenting further, because I am on blogging vacation. Besides, Andy's article is just not worth my trouble. To me, it's just mostly misinformed, self-indulgent opinion.
By Andy Ho, Senior Writer
Aug 02, 2006
The Straits Times
THE Government recently ticked off a columnist-blogger going by the moniker of 'mr brown' for airing what were deemed to be cynical and non-constructive remarks. A minister argued that because the views appeared in the print medium, the writer had to be more responsible, as compared to the case if those views had remained Internet chatter.
Clearly, the Government feels that bloggers have more wiggle room than mainstream journalists whose vehicle can 'push broadcast' to millions while bloggers can only 'pull narrowcast' mainly to the converted.
Some ask if bloggers are journalists at all or merely self-indulgent, opinionated folks expressing their views.This invites the question of what a journalist is in the first place.
Journalists are those who primarily do two things, maybe one more than the other in each individual case: ....
By the way, click here to see a few hundred international examples. Of journalists who blog. And bloggers who journal. And newspapers with blogs. And blogs with newspapers. Whatever. You get the point. Even if Andy doesn't. Or won't. Or can't, since logical thinking doesn't seem to be his strong suit.
Not that the average blogger in Singapore wants to be mistaken for a journalist. This is Singapore, after all. Journalism isn't such a respectable profession here. I mean, our press has such terrible rankings, internationally.
Damn. I hope Andy doesn't start a blog. He'd give us serious bloggers a bad name.
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