The netizens of the Malaysian Blogosphere have this bad habit of putting their online feet into their mouths.
The reactions to Rehman Rashid's commentary in the NST are fine examples of this. Bloggers are belching fire and brimstone, their sphincters puckered in anger.
(oh Gawd... First we had defend some of the government's views, then NST's right to seek recourse in courts and now I can't believe that we're trying to defend Rehman! Arrgghhhh!!! The Pain!!! The Pain!!!)
"...Maybe these statments are true to certain extent.many bloggers are refused to reveal their own identity....
BUT, the true bloggers wont hide their identities..." written by Anonymous
There's more but I can't be arsed to copy and paste it here. Even his old flame has a special post on this.
But I digress.
To me the article was about his misgivings with technology. His pet independent online media, Agenda Malaysia, is perhaps a true testament to this when it failed.
But why are we overreacting to a self confessional piece of a luddite? Just because he belittles bloggers?
Hey, we belittle other bloggers ALL the time don't we? Is this an example of the sacrosant behaviour that he was writing about?
He may have called us rectums, but that does not justify all the verbal diarrheoa that slanted towards more name calling and character assasination comments.
Hardly sacrosanct behaviour.
Rehman also writes
"But no, it’s all good. Let a hundred thousand million flowers bloom; let all voices be heard, in however fractured language, whether or not they have anything pertinent to communicate or any information worth more than spittle to offer"
The demeaning innuendos aside, he does after all welcome the practice of free speech. And he does it with much verbosity and eloquence!
I must admit that I learn many new words while reading Rehman's articles ;)
And what of those who do not wish to learn anything positive from this article? Take another cue from Rehman himself:
"Are they not entitled to their opinion? Of course they are, as much as everyone else is entitled to ignore them."
So yes, ignore him. It's your right.
After all he's just Mr Bombastic and not Mr Boombastic! ;)