Ooooh, blogs are not credible and hence not to be trusted, according to the mainstream press.
Elections coming, issit?
This is the same mainstream press that can have a whole article about blogging, without listing a single URL to the Singapore blogs mentioned. Why? No space, ah? Scared Singaporeans will read for themselves, ah?
Eh. I'll have you know here at mrbrown.com, we are at the forefront of "Balanced Reporting", ok? We google before every story we run, and we never let details like the facts get it the way of a good story. We even use the corporate "we", even though there is only one guy doing this site for the last eight years (no budget lah).
So does Singapore's mainstream media get blogs, or not? Wannabe Lawyer doesn't think so.
[NTU communication and information lecturer Randolph] Kluver doesn’t see a future for blogs unless “regulatory policies are relaxed somewhat”, but he doesn’t realise that “code” trumps “law”. Leaving the issue of self-hosted blogs like mine aside, how would MDA (warning: ASP AND Flash, what a sick combination) deal with blogs hosted on Blogger, Livejournal and the various free blogging services? Unless the MDA orders the filtering of entire domains, there is simply no way for governments to suppress blogging. For everyone 10 blogs it can block, another 1000 will spring up. If they block entire domains, new services will rise up. It is akin to using artillery fire to kill ants: lots of sound and fury, but mostly accomplishing nothing.
Furthermore, it is relatively easy to maintain anonymity on the free blogging services, so apart from the fact that the pages themselves are difficult to deal with, authorities have the additional problem of finding out who the outlaw is. Would the MDA be able to compel Google (the owner of Blogger) or Six Apart (owner of LiveJournal and Typepad) to release the identities of the bloggers they wish to persecute? Highly unlikely.