22 December 2010

Chief characteristic of journalism

"Laziness has become the chief characteristic of journalism, displacing incompetence."

Kingsley Amis

20 December 2010

Observations on the WikiLeaks episode

James had talked about the WikiLeaks episode on Facebook recently and he had said that he was 'mildy surprised' as to why people were even worked up about it, supporting or opposing it. We had thought that the leaks had revealed mostly what was already known, very little new information.

Whistle-blowing, in my opinion, is essential, especially when it comes to large, immovable, monolithic bureaucracies.

With regards to WikiLeaks as of now, I think the benefits of these current leaks are questionable. I do not deny the benefits of an avenue online for whistle-blowing that can withstand the repeated assaults of large bureaucratic entities from governments to corporations.

What was leaked?

  1. Some low level diplomatic cables.
  2. Some informal diplomatic chatter (from the cables), some of which were impolite if uttered in public.
  3. Some information of various types on the war in Afghanistan and Iraq including video.

The significance of the information

  1. The information leaked was mostly nothing that was not already known.
  2. Some Impolite chatter were mildly embarrassing for the parties involved.
  3. The military information was not unknown, it only provided details.


  1. The subsequent media storm served to sell newspapers, boosted ratings for TV stations, increased traffic for websites..
  2. It probably shocked some uninformed members of the public.
  3. It provided scapegoats in the form of a lightning rod for hackers of various stripes to focus their energies on attacking Amazon, Mastercard, Visa and a few other corporations.
  4. The involved governments issued the usual statements in corporatespeak (in which nothing was really said) for 'damage limitation' which really weren't much. They were not interesting either.
  5. The leaks might harm diplomacy when private chatter are made public.
  6. There might be increased security in large organisations now.

In conclusion, it had been a massive yawn throughout.


Kuoby says (10:26 AM)
you there freak?

Shyue Chou Chuang says (10:27 AM)
Can I draw you some day?
I won't make your mummified corpse face any uglier. I will beautify it a bit for your sake.

Shyue Chou Chuang says (10:33 AM)
Kuoby, are you weeping?
I told you that I would beautify you.
Make you prettier than your idol, Elmer Fudd.

Kuoby says (10:33 AM)

Shyue Chou Chuang says (10:33 AM)
From the toilet?

Kuoby says (10:33 AM)
drawing mummies and all
are you a mummy's boy

Shyue Chou Chuang says (10:33 AM)
Did you take your medication?

Kuoby says (10:34 AM)
i'd love to talk
but i'm busy with life etc.

Shyue Chou Chuang says (10:34 AM)
You're dead, in case you didn't realise.
In hell.
It's like the Sixth Sense story.
Except for you, it's the No Sense story
where you didn't sense that you are dead.

Shyue Chou Chuang says (10:35 AM)
As a door nail, and dumb as a door knob

Kuoby says (10:35 AM)
uh huh
si si

Shyue Chou Chuang says (10:36 AM)
I bet you are secretly flattered that I should even think of drawing you.
You must be punching the air, yelling 'YEAH!' right now.

Kuoby says (10:36 AM)
me, flattered?

Kuoby says (10:37 AM)
i've got other more important things to think about
so SHOvE that pencil up your bum, MATE

Shyue Chou Chuang says (10:37 AM)
Important things? Like murdering the poor possums on your rooftop!
You murderer!
And peddling death to kids via fast food at McDonald's. It's a badge of shame and not pride.

Kuoby lives!

Another exchange with Kuoby.

Shyue Chou Chuang says (10:10 AM)

Kuoby says (10:11 AM)
i see you're mixing around with losers

Shyue Chou Chuang says (10:11 AM)

Kuoby says (10:11 AM)
I see that andrew tan there
punch him on the head and tell him it's from me.

Shyue Chou Chuang says (10:11 AM)
I drew the ministerial meeting that day. Hahaahahaha. Well, he won't be going that day.

Shyue Chou Chuang said (10:14 AM)
I should draw you and your ricebowl haircut.

Shyue Chou Chuang says (10:15 AM)
You would be the ugliest person I have ever drawn.

Kuoby says (10:15 AM)
so punch andrew tan in the kidney

Shyue Chou Chuang says (10:15 AM)

Kuoby says (10:15 AM)
say it's from Alex WITH lurve.
he'll know it's me
he'll drop dead from fright