Friday, July 1, 2011


Delineating ‘Online Journalism’ and its quick trend development from a South East Asian perspective in contrast to how Americans would put it is quite out-of-focus. It is because they are all gearing towards the same approach-–catching up with the technology-going-across-the-board.  

Sure, no one wants to be left behind. No matter how sluggish it’s working for other countries, they are launched to do the same movement. There’s no bright red difference. But, the inconsistency lies somewhere, and one definite aspect of it is in their ‘development rate’. America and Singapore developed way earlier than the others. A lot of factors would support it: the financial stability of one country, the way of governance in one administration and the rules being regulated in the whole state. I am now thinking that I don’t want to think about the future. How further and farther can they get with their radical mindset?

Nonetheless, I like the notion of ‘paywall’. In some ways, I am thinking that they constructed it so it could put equal emphasis on print media. They want people to think that they will get the same thing, as they pay for the same thing.

Anyhow, that’s one alteration I observed from the two noticeably advanced—America and Singapore. “Paywall” is one form of a holdup for me that the old-school Journalists in America fashioned.

Moreover, as mentioned initially, fast-paced development exists. We are noticing it quite moderately since certain regions here in the Philippines are not covered by the online media umbrella yet. And I just want to grasp it that way-–in that state; on how much we have developed now. Just that.  I am anxious about fast forwarding the future, effortlessly leaving the present behind just like that. In the future, we would ask ourselves where we were one generation back.

On the featured countries in the video clip and their own paces of digital progress, apparently, they are working on getting through the veins of online media and how they would be able to weave several media forms to make it more effective in relaying news to wider audience, but some countries identical to Cambodia are still finding their way through. Mind your own race-–that is. I wonder, upon knowing that ’90% of its population is still focused on the fields and that only 1% of their population are internet users’  how many years would it take them to have online media touch their lands and be actually objectified in their country? In line with this—Cambodia—upon reaching the same level of modernization same with where their neighbors are right now, do you realize how advanced these neighbors have gone by that time already?

I’m honestly concerned by the next generation that we would be facing on this digital age. 

What will be in? What will be out?

Scary, isn’t it?

Kathryn Narciso

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