Thursday, May 24, 2007

Zam Zam Ala Ka Zam - wishing the bloggers away

According to ol' magical Perigi Zam-Zam, very few people read political blogs.

Zam: Few people read blogs
No more than 20,000 apparently.
Political web blogs have a very small following of about 20,000 people, Information Minister Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin said.

“Only that number out of the 11 million Internet users in the country are actively involved in political blogs. The political bloggers just write for each other to read; they are not a threat,” he added.
Best thing is that we apparently write only for each other to read. So, I read your blog, you read mine... I tickle your balls, you lick my bum... and that's how we perpetuate the blogging phenomenon.

But the thing is... if we pose no threat... then why sue Rocky and Jeff for defamation? Technically, if blog readers are limited only to a few hardcore anarchists and don't have a significant & 'impressionable' public audience, the rules of defamation are not satisfied. You can't defame someone if the people you communicate those defamatory statements to, already agree with you.

If bloggers are have such little influence, why propose blogger registration? Or stir the shit with all the recent comments about blogging?

Why do you keep making statements about bloggers to the mainstream press, if nobody (except 20,000) reads blogs? Why bother?

On another note, he also said:
“Lately, I found that most of the bloggers have the tendency to question the basis of the social contract which had been agreed upon by our forefathers,” he said.

On the publication of a book on May 13 by former Petaling Jaya MP Dr Kua Kia Soong, Zainuddin said the book would only serve to arouse anxiety among multiracial Malaysians.

“Some issues raised in the book can harm the social contract that has been well-received by the Malays, Chinese and Indians,” he added.
Heck, would you honour a 'contract' supposedly agreed by your forefathers that indentures you, your children and their children after them - as subservient second class citizens for eternity?

And hasn't the validity of the 'social contract' been diminished beyond recognition by the many one-sided, open-ended amendments made to it since independence, by the UMNO controlled parliament?

Btw, the book is available at Popular bookstores and now.

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