Objective journalism is so yesterday!

Ahhh… objectivity is so passe! Read my column this week at The Malaysian Insider.

Objective journalism is so yesterday!
By Zan Azlee

JULY 30 — We always complain in Malaysia that journalism is never objective. Apparently, the government keeps a tight rein on the information that goes out to the public. So all the news outlets (or shall I say the mainstream news outlets?) have a slant towards the ruling party, especially when it comes to political news. I, for one, used to complain all the time. I felt that, as a profession, journalism wasn’t going to develop, and neither would Malaysia as a nation because of it. Even in the lectures that I give, I would constantly harp on about the importance of being objective as journalists. Give both sides of the story and let the people decide. I felt that there was no place for personal opinions and bias when it came to reporting the news. Leave that to the public relations practitioners! But I think I’ve slowly come around… [Click to read the rest of the article]

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I want my movie ticket’s price worth!!

Okay… when I pay for a movie ticket… I expect it to get it’s price worth! Or else!!!!

I just like enjoying movies the right way
By Zan Azlee

JULY 23 — Whenever it comes to watching movies, I like to make sure that my experience is the best possible one I can get at the time. So when I go to the cinema, I always make sure I get a nice seat, a good hair band to make sure my hair isn’t in my face and a pretty girl by my side (these days, I just bring my wife). I believe that the surroundings and experience of watching a movie can actually determine whether you will enjoy it or not. [Click to read the rest of the article]

You think my column this week at The Malaysian Insider could break the Malaysian Book of Records for most number of political leaders mentioned in one article?

Hmm… you think my column this week at The Malaysian Insider could break the Malaysian Book of Records for most number of political leaders mentioned in one article?

Immortality by Video
By Zan Azlee

JULY 16 — Fidel Castro is an old man and unwell so he had to finally step down as Cuba’s president and let his brother Raul (who’s also quite old!) take over. Then he disappeared from the public’s eye. That is, up until earlier this week when he decided to make an appearance on television. When the video of him appeared on Cuban television, many critics said that it was probably shot sometime ago. Adding to the suspicion was the fact that he failed to discuss the country’s current affairs, such as the release of 52 political prisoners by his brother. [Click to read the rest of the article]

Moving house ain’t as easy as it seems!

Bloody Seng Tat does it again! How do I make fun of something that’s actually quite cool?? Hahahaha!! Check out the latest episode of WE THE PEOPLE… on FATBIDIN.TV to see what I’m talking about.

WE THE PEOPLE… Angkat rumah!!! (Part 1 of 3)

Planning to move house? Get Liew Seng Tat & Geng to do it for you! Kompang, funeral marching band and lion dance are complimentary!

WE THE PEOPLE is a video show where we hear from the common man (and woman!). Click here to see all the episodes.

The survival of journalism (I bought an iPad and now I’m out of money so I need a job!)

I bought an iPad and now I’m out of money. I need a job!

The survival of journalism
By Zan Azlee

JULY 9 — I do not remember my house ever not having a newspaper the entire time I was growing up. Every morning, the day’s edition would be at the doorstep. My brothers and I would read the comics; my parents, the news; and my grandmother the stock report (ruthless old granny could give George Soros a run for his money!). I have since moved out to live on my own, and my father’s newspaper subscription continued. Right up till a few months ago. [Click here to read the rest of the article]

Rage against the (iPad) machine!

They’re taking the power away from us! We must not let it happen! But I’m still buying the iPad! Damnit!

To App or not to App?
By Zan Azlee

JULY 2 — The Internet excited lots of people because it broke down the barrier between the content providers and the audience. It no longer takes a big organisation with humongous resources to be able to provide content for the masses. Now, gadgets like the iPad are exciting people. Even I got excited (hence, I will be receiving my top-of-the-line 3G, 64G model next week!). But I was thinking just the other day (it’s only every other day I do that). The iPad might actually be detrimental to how democratic the media is today. [Click to read the rest of the article]


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