Do you think this will happen in Malaysia, or will you tell me, it is already happening?
“Information strategists can consider clandestinely recruiting or hiring prominent bloggers or other persons of prominence already within the target nation, group or community to pass the US message. In this way the US can overleap the entrenched inequalities and make use of preexisting intellectual and social capital. Sometimes numbers can be effective; hiring a block of bloggers to verbally attack a specific person or promote a specific message may be worth considering. ” – study conducted for the US army two years ago.
Military, defense…em…can you blame me for thinking of him?
Meanwhile in Malaysia: Special segment on TV for bloggers every Sunday.
Come April 20, bloggers will get a chance to share their views on current issues for 20 minutes in a special segment created in RTM 1 (Malaysia’s national TV news (read: propaganda) – Warta Perdana, prime “news” bulletin. On the selection of bloggers, it depends on RTM. This shows the government’s openess, said newly minted Information Minister Ahmad Shabery Cheek(y).
Why do I get the feeling that this is more a ploy for bloggers to watch RTM than for RTM to give bloggers a chance to speak their minds? I wonder what’s the criteria for selection of these bloggers. How will they find us – according to our hits or the way they are hit?
I did not have to wait long for the answer.
“But the ministry’s openess would indirectly encourage the bloggers interviewed to be more responsible with what they posted in the internet,” said the minister.
I told you so! Already they are prejudiced, starting on the basis bloggers are not or less responsible. Not a good way to encourage bloggers, I would say.
Which leaves me to my suspicion: Is the government trying to co-opt these bloggers in kind (by giving them airtime and a chance to be popular) – in the hope these bloggers will sing their tunes?
Hiya, who watches RTM, anyway? Do you?