Sorry, Association Of What?
I found it funny when I 1st read about the newly founded Association of Bloggers (Singapore).
It was like, all the while everyone has been playing in this big big playground. Though there were arguments, bad blood, basically everyone was having his/her own fun, everyone was rather happy in his/her own way. Once a while, the ice-cream men would be here. They would, based on their own judgment, choose a few kids around and gave them free ice-cream. One not so fine day, a gang of kids come, and declare that the playground is now under them, just because they have registered with gahmen. They will educate all the kids how to behave in the playground, and they will “recommend” the good kids to ice-cream men. Whoever not with them? Probably no more free ice-cream for you, or not as often. Does this sound like “斧头帮” in Kungfu Hustle?
Some more, the gang members are not any big time bloggers. IMHO, Mr Brown is big enough, XiaXue as well (people may not like her but she is one important figure locally). How are they going to lead, to represent local blogosphere? They themselves are not even professional bloggers, how are they going to “educate” others to be “professional”? “Professional” in what sense? Write proper, perfect English? No vulgarism no bad words? No flaming of own gang members? I can’t help laughing. In the 1st place, how to define “Singapore blogosphere”? I thought, it is supposed to be borderless, and it is supposed to be “free”.
I think that, the 1st thing they need to do is, to show people, why it is necessary to follow their “guidelines”, to behave. If they can’t even do this (which is what’s happening now), then forget about taking money from people’s pocket.
At the same time, if I were blogger who blogs in Chinese, or Malay, or Tamil, I would find people like me being marginalized, or the gang doesn’t seem to be interested in bloggers like me as a member.
One funny thing is, a few of the gang members seem to have had argument, or very unhappy incidents with another local blog aggregator. After reading what the gang master wrote, I just can’t help thinking that, is this just another gang set up to fight against that one? To have revenge?
I don’t think I will join, but I find it even more STUPID to call for a boycott against the association. That is stupid x2.