Media in Malaysia & Future of Media | Part I


Differences between countries with oil and gas, land mass, massive population, natural resources and those without it (except nuclear power & sci-fi technologies)

Would it be wishful thinking to see everyone actually read a book or two in the next decade? How incredible things could be when someone knows what’s happening outside of your window without having to shoot you with prompt, non-intellectual questions that many people tend to do presently?

Speak of storytelling; literature teachers and word-weavers can hang their staff ID cards and/or wizard hats in their respective offices and wander elsewhere. Same goes to news editors, where they are the ones who read their own fictional mash-ups, confined in their government-owned penthouse office suites, under the ‘glass ceiling’.

It’s always fascinating to capture Niels Bohr with his quote “How wonderful that we have met with paradox. Now we have some hope of making progress”. What paradox? You name it.

Media in Malaysia: The reigning era of passive media

Authoritative media

Yes, we know, aren’t we? Authoritative management or governance is more than just the subjugation of the purpose of information transfer and its mediums. Apparently, we know more about occurrence that is happening outside the walls of our workplace than inside. Information segregation and its traffic seem systematic, giving employees the idea that there was no snafu in the company’s five-year plan. There was a deliberate strategy of recycling news and propaganda strategies in building followers and nurturing the idea of cultism or fanaticism in and out of readers’ psyches. Well, many opined that if the boss is and always happy, it surely means something fishy and the next thing to do is to get second, third and fourth opinions from your friends, family members and lover(s) (in that particular order) whether you have gone to the dark side.

One-sided perspectives

Do you remember there used to be a game called The Whispering Game’, which involved 10 whisperers who spread a secret message via whispering, beginning from the first whisperer to another? The final person of the line shall say the message out loud and most of the time it appeared to be ‘lost in translation’ as opposed to the initial message. This game could perchance, accurately describe the dissemination of the one-sided news and/or perspectives. Traditional media, mainly newspapers, magazines, newsletters, pamphlets and even memos on the noticeboards have survived the vicious wave of modernisation, where one-sided information flow still prosper no matter how educated and experienced Gen X claimed themselves to be. Based on history (you may pick one) one-sided information is the best metaphorical implication of how a civilisation build and destroy itself, due to poor cave-drawings, bad choice of words, wrong messengers or simply, the society rats–namely gossip-mongers.


This is MEDIA during our great-grandparents time

Government-owned news agencies, broadcast stations and media consortium

Where did you say you work, again? Well, many boast about the ‘cool factor’ and elegance of their respective offices, corporate buildings and pantries, not to mention how their titles appear on the business cards. Well, think again. You are probably one of the thousands or millions of drones ‘manufactured’ to serve and realise the dreams of the few, which in most cases, aren’t the lesser of two evils. To name a few, media megasaurs like Rupert Murdoch and his successor Gina Rinehart, Malaysia’s Ministry of Information, Communication & Culture (MICC) and CNN have struggled from a number of turbulences and managed to porpoise and ‘reconcile’ themselves out from the quibble (of mess) they staged in the first place.

Image representing Rupert Murdoch as depicted ...

Image via CrunchBase

All in all, it is the news that counts; not the public neither their responses. It’s even worse when it comes to ignorant folk who choose to see, hear and believe only things that befit their preferences and pockets. How can we question one’s credibility and integrity in news-reporting when the situations turn out to be unquestionable?

…and we have yet to talk about advertisement-driven media sites, hard-sell vs soft-sell and stagnant growth of viewpoints…

What do you think about media companies that are financially-dependent on the state? Of all the dying forms of modern media; such minimal amount of progressive trajectories in information diversity and transparency is often regarded as being in the most precarious of states.

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