Category Archives: new media

Cutting the cord: Who needs TV anymore?


In the past five years, millions of people have cancelled their television cable or satellite connection. Where are they getting their news and entertainment now? The Internet, of course! These people are ‘cutting the cord’ because they feel that TV no longer serves any purpose for them.

I haven’t cut the cord yet but I see it eventually happening since I don’t even watch TV anymore. All I do is watch the Internet since I’ve connected my Mac Mini to my TV set. (Wait… that means I still watch the TV… right?)

And there is increasing number of youth who are now known as ‘cord-nevers’. They have never even really watched TV because they have been raised solely on the Internet.

And I see the point. Why would anyone want to pay expensive monthly subscription fees for TV channels that don’t satisfy their needs? A cheaper alternative for all this is high speed broadband.

And it’s not like they will be missing anything from TV because the same information is presented to them online, and with and even more appealing presentation and form!

There are also online exclusive content services now available like IFlix and the likes which are so much cheaper. IFlix has a starting subscription fee of RM8 a month!

So unless TV still wants to be in the game, they need to look back at their content presentation and start repurposing.

Read more about cutting the cord at Mediashift.Org.

Listen to The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 53) – TV News… When was the last time you watched it?

The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 53) – TV news… when was the last time you watched it?

The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 53) – TV news… when was the last time you watched it?

Where does television news sit in the current media landscape? Zan and Aizyl can’t remember the last time they actually sat down at 8pm to catch “breaking” news. So should it be done away with or is there some way it could evolve to remain relevant?

Listen to more Fat Bidin Podcasts here.

So TV isn’t dead! But it depends on how you want to measure the numbers lah…


So I’ve always said that the Internet will lead the way when it comes to media and the news and TV will be left behind. What I actually mean is that TV will now have to be repurpose to stay relevant. And I still strongly believe this no matter how strong others don’t (some old TV folks still hold on to how TV is still the main media… pity them).

A blog post on the Wall Street Journal recently wrote that ‘If you think TV is dead, maybe you’re measuring wrong‘. It goes on to explain that the right way to see if people are still watching TV is to measure it is not look at the number of viewers in the average minute of any particular programme because this is not how online videos are measured. As long as someone clicks on a video online, it is already counted.

What the suggestion is to measure the average time any individual spends on the different platforms – TV, smartphones, etc. And that would give a more representative perspective of who is viewing what. And, if you look at the graph above, TV is doing alright.

I don’t know if I agree.

But the WSJ post goes on to explain that it is still extremely difficult to measure these metrics cross-platform. It is like comparing jambu batu and pisang emas! And honestly, I still don’t see any TV station anywhere who has been innovating their content to keep up with the times.

Four different scenarios of the future of journalism: From DIY to total extinction!

I have always been interested in the development of journalism from the Dutch perspective because, having been correspondents for two Dutch news agencies (VJ Movement and VPRO TV’s Metropolis), I like the way they approach stories and content.

Now, a recent study done by the Dutch Journalism Fund called ‘What’s new(s): Scenarios for the future of journalism‘ has come up with four different categories of how the journalism scene could develop into (as described in the image box below).


My personal hope is that the ‘Wisdom of the crowd’ situation would be what happens to journalism in the future. It says that through ‘the technological revolution, a strong do-it-yourself mentality has become the key to success’. And ‘whatever is news, is no longer paid by the ANP or media companies, but by the public/crowd’.

How does this relate to Malaysia? Well, in my opinion, I think that the do-it-yourself mentality has already set in in Malaysia. It began when online news websites started sprouting (including bloggers… but they have started to disappear) all around, left, right and centre.

So it’s probably just a matter of time.

You can read this in more detail at NiemanLab.Org.

Twitter wants to be news publishers too with Project Lightning


Twitter’s new Project Lightning plans have  been creating buzz all around even though it is still in it’s development stage and it may take many months before it is ready to be launched. But it’s still very interesting to talk about because it involves media, news and journalism.

Project Lightning is a plan where Twitter will allow it’s users to follow interesting events rather than other people. Basically, there will be a section on their app or website where if you click, you will see a list of events or happenings that you can follow.

For example, if there is a major opposition protest happening at Dataran Merdeka, you will see a curated Tweet feed of everything that is related to that event without having to follow the people who are tweeting about it.

But there you go, it is curated. That means Twitter plans to have a news team consisting of journalists and editors who will determine what what will be highlighted in Project Lightning. Looks like Twitter wants to be a news publisher too… following the footsteps of Facebook (Instant Articles).

It seems interesting because there are many people who get their news from Twitter (me included) and following people who are reporting on certain issues means getting an almost personal insight to things.

Check out Buzzfeed’s detailed article on Project Lightning here.

But there detractors too.

Many (me included) feel that this would destroy Twitter as a democratic tool that allows anyone access to to a world audience without any gatekeepers. Because if there will be a team that will curate content, then they will be making decisions on whether an issue or event deserves to be highlighted.

ComputerWorld has a list of interesting takes from different individuals about Project Lightning here.

And all this started taking place between the departure of former CEO Dick Costolo and the coming in of interim CEO Jack Dorsey.

Oh well, at least the revelation of the project made Twitter share prices jump a little bit by 4.7%!