Not all bloggers are spoilt brats
Source: The Star
I REFER to “Bloggers need to be transparent,” (The Star, Dec 29). The writer seems to stereotype bloggers as “spoilt brats”.
What is a blog? According to Wikipedia, a blog is “a website usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video”.
In other words, a blog is basically like an online diary. Most bloggers write blogs to record their daily life. The number of bloggers who write on politics is merely a small fraction of all the bloggers combined.
Unfortunately, most people associate blogs with political commentaries, and even associate them with the March 8 political tsunami.
Recently, we see many politicians turn bloggers, including our ex-Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. We even see some efforts by the Home Ministry to monitor blogs.
It is presumptuous of the writer to assume all bloggers are “not grown up” and are “spoilt brats” just because of a few bad eggs.
I also do not like the way people use pseudonyms to hide their identities just to post spiteful comments. However, this is what freedom of speech is all about.
If we believe that the things written are false, how about rebutting them with stronger (and more professional) arguments?
Even better, how about ignoring them altogether. Why bother getting angry with “spoilt brats”? Getting angry with people who have “not grown up” would be stooping to their level.
Uchu Keling says: it goes the same with users of public forum. Users seem to be so easy on what they post without getting the fact right.