Wednesday, September 12, 2007


Was reading an article over the weekend on blogs (aka. new media).
Now there is new media and old media (some people call it old media or mainstream media), the question I always ask is what is old and what is new?

Some say new media is via web, others say new media has got to do with publishing without editorial control (in the traditional sense), others say the key difference lie in the right of the poster/ publisher to say what he or she want to say via the web/ or non web.

I always find it very amazing that people can and will be complicated. Perhaps, one may say I no have thinking skills, not analytical enough, blah blah.

All media are the same, as ultimately, all want to reach out to someone to read (else why bother put on the web), publish in some printable format (eg. newspapers, magazines, etc) and each also want to inform someone of some thing (to educate, is a higher level of informing lah!). SO!

all forms of media essentially are the same.

It is ultimately, how much control is built into verifying sources, correcting sources and also limiting how people choose to respond to the information.

Eg. newspapers can choose not to carry replies, but with the web, newspapers can choose not to reply but I can still publish my reply anyway and yet at the same time, reach a (possibly wider audience).

On audience reach, both print and non print have essentially the capacity to reach a wide audience. Essentially?

People can go to blogs and leave straight away without reading, similarly, people can choose not to buy newspapers and magazines. People can also choose what they want to read in printed forms just as it applies to blogs and Internet forums.

The key difference is this, one can respond and see their response printed immediately (if web publisher chooses not to control this "comment" or right to reply, while newspapers/ magazines can choose indefinitely not to publish at all.

So! this debate as to which is better, reliable or whatsoever, depends very much on what you want to get out of where ones chooses to publish.

If one is for the thing about telling others about their personal expressions towards things, right to publish- it is web for them anytime. In any case, who says the printed media don't sensationalise things anyway, or for that matter play down things that are essentially in the heart of people for both political or non political reasons?

Balance! For that matter of fact, I don't read the Straits Times very much.

To illustrate this balance further, I don't take my meals with only salt, but rather I add all the other taste peppering ingredients (eg. vinegar, sugar, etc) as well- that way I get a variety of taste. Oh. I like my chickens naturally flavoured too, that is without any prior seasoning, that way, I get to taste the good natural chicken taste.

Life is very much extended in the way we eat.

Now think about it, there are GM food (would I call that the new food)?

I would, but still food after all....

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