Archive | January, 2011

Important Links

25 Jan

– Important Guide for Bloggers: http://www.eff.org/issues/bloggers/legal

– Bloggers’ Rights:  https://www.eff.org/issues/bloggers

– Designers Association Singapore: http://www.dasingapore.com/

– Sedition Act, Singapore: http://statutes.agc.gov.sg/non_version/cgi-bin/cgi_getdata.pl?actno=1964-REVED-290&segid

– Media Development Authority of Singapore: http://www.mda.gov.sg

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Whatever happens online, stays online?

22 Jan

The internet has proved to have far reaching effects on our lives. Last week, an online fracas broke out when Cheo Ming Shen, the young owner of an online advertising set-up sang praises for Singapore’s Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, comparing him to Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela, only to earn rebukes from a local blogger who ges by the online moniker of Rockson Tan.

Like several renowned bloggers in Singapore, Tan takes on an anti-government stance and openly mocks government policies and political leaders in his blog entries. His contemption with the Nelson Mandela-association was magnified when the local mainstream media reported about the online spat and revealed that Cheo, the young supporter of Lee, is also the Chairman of the youth wing of the current ruling political party.

A series of name-calling ensued, mostly on Cheo’s part . Vulgarities were exchanged, much to the online community’s aghast.

While Tan suffered little damage, one cannot help but wonder about the quality of the leadership that the people of Singapore will be inheriting in years to come. Did the young political leader lose his head in the heat of the moment? Or was he daft enough to think that whatever happens online, stays online?

Importance of White Space

22 Jan

According to Reep (2006), white space refers to the area on a page that has neither text or graphics. Instead of being seen as a waste of space, publishers and designers regard white space as important component in publishing as it helps readers process information more efficiently.

Here is a simple video explaining and demonstrating the use of white space:

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References

Reep, D. C. 2006, Document design, Pearson/Longman, New York

TheCrookedGremlins, 2008, Kinetic Typography – Whitespace.  Available at: <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBDobtjGyDs&feature=player_embedded> [Accessed 22 January 2011]

Conformation of Print Publications

2 Jan

Judging by the amount of online content that has been generated loudly defending how print is so much alive and not dead, one needs only make a wild guess at how well the industry is in reality doing.

Sure there is some truth to claims like how there will always be readers preferring the tangible copy to digital, especially the older folks. But my friend’s dad who is hitting 65 also just bought an iPad last week.

While content with titles like “10 Reasons Print’s Not Dead” by hardcore print enthusiats continue to flood the online space , the smarter folks in traditional print are quietly taking to the age-old adage – if you can’t beat them, join them.

No longer do they sit around waiting for the fad that the internet was supposed to be, fade. Not after witnessing how some of the oldest and biggest newspapers in the world were made casualties to it.

Their comeback? Conformation.

Many print publications these days employ the use of an official website where their print content is served up to online readers, sometimes free of charge. This would have been considered a radical idea once upon a time, but as consumers get more and more out of the crowded online space, they also become less and less willing to pay for content.

And it doesn’t stop there. In closely monitoring the ways in which readers are consuming media, print media has quickly taken to online trends like microblogging with tools like Twitter and creating content for mobile phone users.

And the consumers are lapping it all up.

According to a study by Yahoo, TNS, Nielsen and Synovate published in July 2010, online media consumption in the Southeast Asia region shot up to 97% up from 89% the previous year.

In the local context, dominant newspaper publishing company Singapore Press Holdings has launched mobile phone applications to allow news reading on-the-go. Broadcast media company Mediacorp started its video-on-demand service to provide viewers the flexibility to consume media at their convenience.

Now who still want your news in print?

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References

Yahoo Blog Community 2010, Yahoo! S.E Asia releases study on Internet trends and media consumptions [online]
Available at: <http://ycorpblog.com/2010/06/09/yahoo-netindex/> [Accessed 22 December 2010]