There are lies, damn lies, and The Nation…
Can you post this rubbish elsewhere?
– Thanong (Nation’s editor) in reply to critical comment on his blog
“It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong”
Humans have a natural proclivity to want what they cannot have.
(quote from: “Why Banning Social Media Often Backfires” )
This is an attempt to provide a comparison of 3 main kinds of Media in their coverage of current events in Thailand: Thai MSM (mainstream media), foreign Media and “alternative Media” (blogs, forums, social networks). of course I am sure there are many people who could do a much better job than me in this – I don’t pretend being any sort of a specialist, merely trying to share my own thoughts and what I have seen so far in this regard.
Let’s be clear I am a PAD sympathiser…
– Korn Chatikavanij
George Orwell wrote once in 1946 :
Political language … is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give the appearance of solidity to pure wind.
Orwell was talking about English language and politicians more than a century ago – but one might think it was especially said about Thai “Democrats” ! But hey, after all current dashing Thai PM Abhisit and his old schoolmate & buddy and presently party-mate and co-minister Korn were educated there in UK, at most prestigious Oxford and surely have learned very well from the experts all the intricate subtleties of that “political language” (demagoguery, fallacies, overwhelming and dominating opponent with their language skills and other sophisticated BS ) in all finesse. Perhaps they’ve been especially groomed so for their present mission of running the show called “democratic government”. 🙂
I am trying to follow the development in the “rice money“ saga in Thailand as well as in general the farmers plight. because rice is the main food in this country and may be even whole Asia, and it is one of the major Thai export commodities (in fact Thailand is still considered world’s largest exporter) and therefore naturally the biggest money making source.
naturally being a biggest “cookie jar“, it is very closely related to the economical, social and political situation in Thailand. as saying goes – “follow the money” ! 😉
Media War is now raging well beyond the bounderies of conventional or mainstream media. Now it spills into new areas – what Thai politicians call the “New Media”.
we’ve already blogged about the “rice money” earlier.
yesterday there was an article on Bkk Post which provides further illustration of the points raised in that previous post.