Firstly, I acknowledge that many true friendships and even true love had been forged on the internet. But what I am going to write here is purely my thoughts on the blogging side of things.
About a month ago, I wrote ‘The internet is a dangerous place‘. Many people cannot decipher what I was trying to say and whom I was referring to. It does not matter to me. Because these very people whom I was referring to are the ones who do not understand.
It is a vicious cycle. Many of us, including myself, tend to be easily misled. And often, we take things too personally. Though many bloggers tend to write in this tone ‘I do not care and do not even bother to read yadda yadda yadda’, they went on to commit the same mistake. They blogged that they do not care? Shit! If you do not care, why ler go and write it out? Isn’t that like pot calling the kettle black? Or putting on the clown hat, big rubber nose and stripe shirt?
Remember the April Fool prank played by Mike and Doc? Have we learnt nothing? Now, I see that many people are talking about Hustler’s Fake Diaries. Come on! Why do we make an issue out of it? Hustler had entertained us with many refreshing stories and I think that is as far as we should go. So what if Hustler is a female? What if Hustler is actually me? Horrors! And so what if Hustler’s photos aren’t real? (Hustler – I hope you understand what I am trying to prove ya? No, I am not impersonating you. LOL!)
Ultimately, what I want to say is we, Malaysians, are too nice and kind. We are too polite. Too trusting. This sopan-santun kinda way fits us physically. I love being Malaysian and very proud of it.
But when we are online, on the internet, these rules do not apply. We cannot take all the blogs we read too seriously. Only face value. Put on the alert antennae all the time. Don’t fall prey again to hoax, taunt and jokes and get work up. Right now, most of the bloggers’ readers/commentors are our own Malaysians – the polite and nice ones. Have we ever wondered what will happened if blogs are open to the straight-forward, throw it right at your face and don’t give a damn ‘non-Malaysians’?
I had seen some Malaysian blogs like Messy Christian and Invisible Footprints with international comments. I admire these two bloggers and their stand.
As a blogger/someone who runs an online community, I have two principles. One is to live with my own set of rules and second is to stand by people whom I believe in. Though I do get hurt when these people aren’t exactly living up to my expectations, I don’t regret because I know I had given them my best.
These are all wisdoms taught by one wise, veteran blogger. Though I had refused to believe him, I do see the light now. In as much as we want to be the real sopan-santun Malaysians, we must also learn to be the fake and paranoid bloggers. And hope I can share this wisdom with all who agree.
**Having said all the above, I still love to meet fellow bloggers. We had a great morning today in McD. I brought along my #3 son and he is already asking me when he can meet those kor-kor and cheh-cheh again. He was so chummy with Chee Aun. LOL! I forgot to mention that in my earlier blog, #3 (9rys old) is the cameraman.
Mrs. T of Canada is receptive to the idea of linking bloggers on the webcam. Now, shall we seriously think about that? Do it on June 6th on International Bloggers Day. All of us gather at a cybercafe and blog simultaneously! After all, Malaysia Boleh, right? KL, Melaka bloggers, apamaciam, game for it?**