The NST interviewed me for an article about blogs a few days ago, and The Star interviewed me for another article that appears in the papers today:
"In Malaysia, there are at least 10,000 bloggers, according to Aizuddin Danian, 29, co-founder of Project Petaling Street (www.petalingstreet.org) or PPS as it is fondly known, a â€œblogtalâ€� (blog-portal) that allows Malaysian bloggers to post updates on their latest posts, and also serves as a directory.
â€œMalaysian bloggers are generally a mature and responsible bunch,â€� said Aizuddin, who has been blogging for four years now.
â€œThey are well-read, well-informed, and practise community censorship â€“ correcting each other when they make mistakes.â€� "
I honestly believe what i said: so much bad publicity about blogs and bloggers recently, so much so that even one of our more popular bloggers has been banned by her father from going to our upcoming PPS 2nd Anniversary Birthday Bash -- its about time Malaysia is told that the majority of Malaysian bloggers make up the very best people this country has to offer.
Malaysian bloggers are, generally, eloquent, critical minded, and very mature for their age. We've even got a world-class blogger in Jeff Ooi. Good people have become better people after they started blogging -- by definition, writing requires thought, and critical thought it something that needs to be learned and conditioned. Blogging assists us with such conditioning of the mind.
The problem with the media is that they spend a lot of time talking about what's wrong with the world, and so little time with what's right with it. Perhaps that's the only way they can sell lots of newspapers -- nude bloggers, seditious bloggers, cyber-blog-stalkers, etc, etc. I don't blame them, not really. The question i ask myself: do you blame the reporter or do you blame the demands of the audience?