|A dolpin's smile|
is nature's greatest deception
There is another illusion presented by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) researchers: that the Internet did not have a decisive effect on the GE. Polling 2,000 Singaporeans aged 21 and above, these IPS experts surmise that mainstream media was still the people's choice for election news. Specifically, the study concluded that people put more trust in mainstream media, and spent more time on print newspapers and TV than on the Net. If that's a fact, real media players need not worry about the pink slip. And the incumbents need not lose sleep over the "kee chiu" and "stomp" videos that went viral.
Another study by Nanyang Technological University found that, contrary to common belief, bloggers were not the nattering nabobs of negativism when commenting on political parties. The issues that generated most heat were governance, candidates' qualification for office, freedom of expression, and housing costs. The study claimed that blogs were mostly neutral on the subject of the Singapore political system. If governance, candidates' qualification for office, freedom of expression, and housing costs are not integral elements of the political system, what exactly are they? Sideshows of a greater wayang on display?
At least two presidential hopefuls thought Facebook and Twitter were instrumental platforms that could install them in office. If they worked magic for Obama, why could they not also succeed? Senior research fellow Tan Tarn How said the new media consumers "don't just swallow information hook, line and sinker," while NTU Prof Ang's has a different observation in that those who go online are more trusting. The cup can only be half empty or half full.
With such divergence of expert opinion, one suspects much deception is still in play. It doesn't really matter, just watch what happens when the baseball bat connects.