Monday, February 9, 2009
Internet not an effective self-regulated regime, says MICA
Source article: Internet not an effective self-regulated regime, says MICA
It's always amusing to see someone without much knowledge of a certain field speak as if they know enough.
This time, the Singapore online target list is Senior Minister of State for Information, Communications and the Arts, Lui Tuck Yew.
Let me provide my views for some of the comments made by Lui.
First, the Internet is never meant to be a self regulating environment. It's a place where people speak their mind freely, with the focus on the word freely. It's as authentic as it can be. It's the only place where people can be who they really are. The truth is ugly, but it's only on the Internet where you can get the truth. Many people don't speak what they truly feel offline because they are afraid of consequences. The problem here is not so much of what people say, it depends on whether one is able to listen and handle the truth.
Heard of the famous movie quote, "You want the truth you can't handle the truth" from A Few Good Men. That's as real as it gets. Imagine if your friend has body odor, would you be brave enough to tell him/her? How about sending an anonymous email?
Being able to tell the truth is the most valuable attribute any person can have.
Many people in real life are in fact borderline hypocrites. By borderline, I mean those who say one thing online but can't say the same thing offline. If you don't say it, you're on the borderline. But if you say the opposite, you're a hypocrite - you can't say what you think.
Do I follow what I preach?
I always ask myself if I can repeat what I say online in the real world before posting comments.
But always ask first if the person is able to handle the truth, because most people can't.
- Singapore Govt says: Internet very unruly and unkind, not self-regulated enough
- Behind Today's Lui story