[About this blog] Inspired by local soccer player Mike Lim during my rookie reporter days at Singapore Polytechnic, I set up this blog in August 2002. I feel that blogging is a novel platform to document interesting facets of my life and my thoughts on certain issues. [Email blogger] ephraim@singnet.com.sg

Thursday, May 19, 2005

[what a flurry]
i am not amused...

there seems to be a flurry of posts after my letter to the straits times... and no... i did not mean that i wanted to get the government to solve our every problem...

and every other person has spoken...

han, the wannabe lawyer wrote:
"Another interesting discovery, is that not all stupid people are journalists. Ephraim Loy for example, has quite a serious 'womb complex', that is, he thinks he's still living in his mummy's tummy. SingaporeAngle and Singapore Ink seem quite astounded. I, for one, am not."

this was what was quoted:
"While blogging encourages one to speak up - which is a good thing and what the Government advocates - there has to be a limit. Bloggers should be educated on ethical blogging methods to prevent them from inadvertently breaching the laws. Perhaps the authorities can address this issue, to prevent other such cases? It's time Singaporeans took a responsible approach to blogging."

and this is wannabe lawyer's reply:
"Yes yes, good ol' authorities. Why stop at blogging? Why not just ask them to direct every single decision we make in our lives? We can always trust them to tell us what we can or cannot do. Yup, no point living life if there’s no one telling us how to live it, no? As long as we slavishly obey everything that we are told to do, we will always be safe, secure, and warm, just like in our mother's womb."

i'd like to clear the air here... i do not have a serious 'womb complex'... haha... now what theory was that?? ok... he said sorry so i won't sue him...

what i meant was that we should be informed of how NOT to get into trouble with the law... people, if you do have a GOOD point to make, go ahead but support it with FACTS... else everyone ends up with defamatory suits and heads to the courtroom...

this is what i found on From a Singapore Angle:
Associate Professor Ang Peng Hwa, Dean, School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, and Director, Singapore Internet Research Centre makes a special post on The Internet in Asia, published by the Singapore Internet Research Centre at Nanyang Technological University.

He points out something that bloggers - and everyone else in fact - should always keep in mind, especially when talking about the powerful: "the law of defamation is technical and not intuitive. That is, it is not always obvious what is defamatory". Given this state of affairs, it is this "understandable" that "inexperienced bloggers" might get into trouble at times.

and so how do we prevent this? through knowing the laws and not to cross the border...

and no... i did not mean that i wanted the government to intervene... and we won't need to have a government regulator to regulate our blogs... what they need to do is perhaps to educate... that's all... learn how to save your ass... in crude terms...

so fellow bloggers keep blogging and blog responsibly.... my two cents worth...

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