Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Whatsapp and the People's Connectivity

Whatsapp has grown in popularity and is now famously being used by Malaysians from all walk of ages. Interesting that people now like to use this app to communicate eventhough communication using messages is something not new. Remember SMS? The only new thing that Whatsapp created is the ability to connect free with no charges. This brings to my point that does Whatsapp charges its services and products? And if it does charge does it have a Whatsapp expired date? If it does, then Whatsapp does not create something new, it is just develop the messaging system into something more enhanced but much cheaper than the traditional SMS. However, the good thing about Whatsapp is that at least it is connecting people and bringing people closer.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Future of Social Media - Part 1

On 18th May 2012, Facebook became a public listed company and its stock has begun trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market. Facebook priced its IPO at US$38 per share and valued the company at US$104 billion or RM325 billion. This value is even higher than Yahoo, eBay and Groupon combined. If this figure does not impressed you imagine this; with over 900 million users, if Facebook is a country, it would be the third largest country in the world after India and China. According to The Star, Facebook users in Malaysia alone reached 12 million last year. The top five Social Media channels in Malaysia according to Burson-Marsteller in 2011 are Facebook, Blogspot, Wordpress, Twitter and Metacafe with Facebook represents 75.5% of users reach.

Facebook heralded a new era of the media hence the Social Media. It represents a new way of disseminating information and content sharing. The interaction of the traditional media e.g.; Television, Radio, Newsprint have always been a one way interaction with the public being at the receiving end. Interactions can be done through this media but not on a real-time basis. Even by allowing interaction, limited freedom are given to the public as the editors or content managers of these traditional media controls what should be and what should not be printed or aired. This creates monopoly of content and some politicians or even Government use this advantage as a tool for propagating their interests to the public.

However, it is hard to appreciate the new media if you do not know the origin of the traditional media. Basically, media is known as a method of communication between people commonly used to distribute news, information and also views. The need to disseminate information was well established even when our species was living in caves. This can evidently be seen from the cave paintings and also stone manuscript. This method then evolved into other forms of disseminations such as using homing pigeons and manuscripts using bones, clay tablets and papyrus. As people develop new technology for printing, Newspaper was then created and circulated to people and it remains as the popular choice of media for sharing information up until the 21st Century besides Television and Radio. And then the Internet was born. The main reason behind the creation of the Internet is basically for connectivity between computer users. The ARPAnet, considered as the grandfather of World Wide Web was created in 1969 with the objective of connectivity and data sharing. From that simple solution, the Internet has now evolved into what is now known as Web 2.0.  

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Republic of Fear

Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. - Bertrand Russell

The malaysian entertainment industry nowadays namely movies and TVs have been bombarded with too many ghost stories, supernatural and also superstitious elements. The producers are rushing to create a lot of this spooky movies due to the relaxation of FINAS in terms of censorship. Ten years ago, there are no way these type of movies would go to the mainstream audience. Even a slight element of superstitious will be banned by FINAS. Because of this factor, there is a pent-up demand from the local movie-goers and tv audience of wanting local ghost stories. The produces are smart enough to notice these demands and when FINAS have relax the regulations, a flood of spooky movies have been released to the market. And like someone who is very thirsty and suddenly given a lot of water, the thirsty person will drink the water a lot until he will have stomach ache. The same analogy goes to these phenomenon right now. Audiences who hunger for these type of local movies wants more and more but what they don't realize is the long term effect it will have for the nation.

Fear can be a seed that is small at the beginning but can grow big. A child who been taught to fear something like the boogeyman under the bed, will carry that seed of fear until he is old but the fear is no longer with the boogeyman but the fear of something supernatural. These superstitious element have been amplified with the movies and TVs nowadays. Just imagine the impact it will have with the younger children nowadays. Children as young as 2 or 3 years old already knows about ghost and supernatural elements. I fear that these in the long term will create a society that have a superstitious mindset. A republic of fear can no longer be innovative. A republic of fear can no longer be creative. A republic of fear will stifled the progress of the nation.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

BN nearing the End?

This post can also be titled "The making of a two-party system?".. As far as Malaysian history is concerned, never before a ruling party other than Barisan Nasional has ever ruled the government of Malaysia. The alliance of UMNO, MCA and MIC has been a successful working formula since the independence day. The failure of the opposition to form an alliance due to different ideologies has make it a non-threat to the ruling parties and therefore BN always have garnered a 2/3 majority. It is not until the recent election whereby the opposition have denied the BN a 2/3 majority. The oppositions consists of PAS, PKR and DAP have decided to work together and therefore creates a formidable force against BN. Their cooperations however is hinged upon one dominant person - Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim. This alliance is still intact until today due to this one person who is holding the pact together. Remove this person, and the opposition will crumble. BN knows this and therefore you can see their strategy from the very beginning is to attack Anwar Ibrahim.

Whether this strategy will work or not, we will see in the next election in the near future. However, one good thing that came out of this is the possibility of an alternative ruling party besides BN to the citizen of Malaysia, whereby, we as the rakyat of Malaysia can choose. If the ruling party does not perform or corrupted, we can change it through the election and therefore ends a monopoly of one single political party. This perspective have never been available before due to the weak opposition pact before this. With or without Anwar Ibrahim, the opposition must be a credible force and therefore will make BN on their toe and perform at best for the nation. They should not be sitting comfortable because come the next election, they will probably loose power. This will make any ruling party after this to perform and be accountable to their action. It is a good thing for Malaysia to have. It is democracy at its best.

Monday, August 8, 2011

MAS and Airasia - the solemnization

"In order to have an enemy, one must be somebody. One must be a force before he can be resisted by another force. A malicious enemy is better than a clumsy friend." - Unknown

This quote says it all about the rivalry between MAS and Airasia. When you have a competitor in the form of Airasia, MAS is forced to be competitive and therefore the exercises done by Idris Jala, the previous managing director has resulted the company to be profitable again. However, sustaining the development has been hard for MAS. And in a weird twist, MAS has turn to its nemesis for help. Tony Fernandez will help definitely but with business intention agenda that is. Eliminating a competitor is one of the goals for every businesses. This is because with less competition, the more the business can control the price of its product.

So, by merging/share-swapping between MAS and Airasia, both entities benefit as they eliminated their competitors. But in the long run, the customers are the victims as prices will not be as cheap as before.