AT LAST, AN ACT OF RESPECT FOR BLOGGERS

By – Hesmel Faznee Faisal

Salam, to my fellow bloggers and Bacalah readers (I hope there is at least one chap will be interested in reading this piece of crap!)

Today, this writer has decided to start his day with a very loud laugh. No, don't get yourself wrong Jose! It’s not because of the mild nervous breakdown he is suffering. It is all because of what that has been reported in the newspaper recently of which, had managed to tickle his heart out!

The new Minister of Information, Communication, Culture and Arts (The most mouthful Ministry the country has ever had, Jose!) Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim
was quoted in the newspaper recently, had warned all bloggers to be careful with what they write in the blog.

He also said that a study would be carried out to monitor the current situation and to find ways to work closer with private media groups and bloggers.

Jose, in other words the role of bloggers and its pertinent activities of blogging, have at last being noticed and acknowledged by the Government. They now have also come to realised that not only businessmen (through their fundings for the political parties) but bloggers too can also determine the ups and downs of a Government.

For this, he had proposed for a seminar on the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 and Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission Act 1998 to be organized by his Ministry for journalists and bloggers. Dr Rais said that more bloggers will become aware on the do’s and don’t when posting a writing to their blog.

This writer is of the opinion that in years to come, the role of the mainstream media will soon be taken over by the new media, mainly through the sms’es (Jose, the latest is twitter.com where its function is very similar to that of sms!) and other means of communication.

It is hard to deny that the world is getting smaller, but the truth is that people would no longer have any excuse to ignore reports that have been conveyed up by the media.

As a matter of fact, the new media can be seen as a threat to the mainstream media, mainly on how bloggers sensationalized a certain story. No doubt the issue has been brought up numerous times already, but to indulge and to accept any news as it is would create a rumor based society.

Based on the writer’s own personal opinion, out of 10 stories reported in the blog only 1-2 stories can hold to news credibility.

Jose, this writer thinks that the Government should work extra hard to gain their influence on bloggers. As what we can see, the Ministry of Information, under the previous Minister had refused to recognize the role of new media; even name callings were given to bloggers.

As a result, the bloggers decided to revolt against the Ministry and this act had caused the Minister in charged lost his Parliamentary seat in the 2008 general election (You know whom I was referring to, Jose!).

The next General Election will determine the course of actions taken by the present Minister. If the bloggers are with the Government, we could see a calm ride in the sea of uncertainty.

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