Monday, March 19, 2007

Dare we get real ?

As you adequately put, the problem is choice. But we already know what you're going to do, don't we? Already I can see the chain reaction, the chemical precursors that signal the onset of emotion, designed specifically to overwhelm logic, and reason. An emotion that is already blinding you from the simple, and obvious truth: she is going to die, and there is nothing that you can do to stop it.

Hope, it is the quintessential human delusion, simultaneously the source of your greatest strength, and your greatest weakness.

- The Architect, The Matrix Reloaded.
And the chain reaction, begun a a scant few weeks ago, snowballs into a frenzy. A frenzy fuelled by one part blind disenfranchisement, one part misplaced importance and many parts irrational braying. First there were the lawsuits, then there was that thing about a minister, bloggers, liars and unemployed women. Now it's the Malaysian Journeyman's turn to get their goat. Mydeen thinks this is just a continuation of the spin which started being perpetuated as 2007 dawned on us.

As Dek Mat has pointed out, Rehman is venting his Luddite steam. Though, how he is going to do that when he goes around smashing steam machines stumps Mydeen. That chain reaction was inevitable, given the cycle of technology adoption, excitement and the eventual disenchantment. So he took a swipe at bloggers, particularly their lack of ethics and principles. Can we really say that all bloggers uphold the tenets of journalism ?

By focussing their ire on a perceived enemy and by flying off course at the slightest slight, Mydeen thinks these bloggers have exposed their insecurity and their egg-shell wrapped egos. Too engrossed in their own self-worth, they have forsaken what they say they stand for, a better Malaysia.

But then, a better Malaysia is just a smokescreen for personal agendas and political spin, as the bloggers stake their claim to political legitimacy in preparation for an impending general election. A large part of this situation was created by the establishment themselves when they supressed information and public political discourse. The internet, websites and blogs stepped into that void. Not all that spawned in the ether is the blind truth though the perceptions may veer in that direction.

Parliament is in session today and our very own YB Maya Minah Black has Question #000.5 to be asked. Let's turn to issues which affect our nation, and let's not be diluted by the spin perpetuated by those with personal agendas and a growing misconception of their own influences and roles in governance.

Let's get real, or we would just be a parody of what we could be. Dare we ?

2 comments:

mich said...

just got back from RB blog, and I start to wonder who are Mat Rempit Hubris and Old Fat Female? Any idea? :P

Azer Mantessa said...

keep on coming guys