Thursday, April 21, 2005

Comments on Singapore

Mr. McDermott has weighed in on what he thinks of the general Singapore blogsphere. I tend to agree to some extent. I wouldn't go as far as to call it infantile as to argue that their more whimsical and at time cynical. I cannot claim to have Mr McDermott's training in sociology, economics or anything else. I'm just a BA in history, but I can say from studying Turkey, Eygpt and other countries that have somewhat similiar situations like Singapore at one time or another, cynicism and humor are tools with which people oppose the state.

I guess Yael Navaro-Yashin's book "Faces of the State: Secularism and Public Life in Turkey" is a good book which talks about this. Especially in chapter 5. Sometimes when the State is all pervasive, and there is no real action the citizens can take since they are in every way touched by the State, there is little recourse but to resort to cynicism and humor as tools to battle the state. I realised that Singaporeans do that alot. That's my defense for mr brown.

As for Xiaxue, I point you to my contribution to the good brudders at The Voiddeck. I personally don't care for her. But I suppose she appeals to a group of Singaporeans who are younger and would prefer to concentrate on such trivial things. But that's my opinion. I believe Mr McDermott to be a little too harsh by dismissing Singapore's blogsphere as infantile. We're a little diverse right now, also a little lost. I believe the political blogs need to buck up and hold tight. We've done a good job so far, let's keep going.


At 6:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yo Vox,

Agree that the local blogopshere is certainly heating up and a gradual divide is appearing between those dedicated to some form of social/political serious commentary and those who retain the whimsical (note: whimsical but not in any derofatory sense ie. 'infantile).

There is already a whole wave of bloggers exploding into the scene in the last year or so, mollymeek, sg ink, sg herald sg angle police state xenoboy vox leo sg legal mumbo jumbo ... who definitely offer a different spin ... infantile? not so i think ... despte some of his quite far-out writing, xenoboy's latest piece for example on acidflask is similar to your take on the notion of "naming".

But i guess no one dares to come out and take the lead or no one wishes to submit to a lead ... i think agglomeration of blog resources is definitely something which should be achieved.

perhaps we need the most moderate person to be the leader among equals.


At 9:10 PM, Blogger tausarpiah said...

there is definitely a point in what you said. there are different ways and means of voicing opinions using different genres, language, subtexts etc. adapting to different environments.

esp. for us, when sometimes being too serious can get a blogger into trouble ...

i bet McD knows that. gosh heez a sociologist, he of all people should know. think he just loves being provocative.


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