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A comment on article in the Sin Chew Daily <鄭丁賢的滥竽充数的星洲日报专论>

My English teacher reminded us that coffee house in British is not coffee shop as you see in Malaysia when I was in the secondary school. This genius from the Sin Chew somehow still mistaken coffee house as coffee shop.

There are several factual errors found in the short article, which was alleged read by a million Mandarin speaking Chinese.

As several online writers already pointed out,

– The background of cartoon on the cover is not The Victorian era.

– There were several newspapers in circulation during The Victorian era.

– The meaning of “accountability journalism” in the context is not “新聞學上要求的公信力”,but “问责性新闻”。

– The view or conclusion of articles in the Economist is positive on internet social-networking media against so-called “negative” view drawn out by this Sin Chew vice Editor-in-Chief.

This is how Sin Chew Daily twisted news and facts to mislead its Chinese readers, most of them cannot understand English. Sin Chew Daily is trying hard to be another Utusan to serve its master, a Sarawakian tycoon a.k.a BN crony.

This Sin Chew editorial article is truly a garbage. This writer, Tay [鄭丁賢] who was graduated from a Taiwan university has a very poor understanding on English and British history.

鄭丁賢‧回到咖啡店

http://opinions.sinchew-i.com/node/20149

上一期的英國《經濟學人》,少有的以一幅漫畫作為封面。

漫畫中,一群維多利亞時代(約200年前)的英國男子,頭上一頂假髮,一頂高帽子,身上一套緊身衣,一襲燕尾外套;以今日的審美觀,煞是可笑。

這些古代人,在一間咖啡店裡高談闊論,有些還忙著操作手提電腦和iPad。

封面打出的標題是:回到咖啡店(Back to the coffee house) ;裡頭跟進了14頁的詳細報導。

主題說明今天網絡媒體的現象,看似摩登,但是,其實是回到了200年前的舊時代。

以古諷今,入木三分。

維多利亞時代的英國,還沒有現代的報業,當然更沒有大眾傳播;人們傳播消息,交換資訊的管道,就是咖啡店。

進入咖啡店,人人可以高談闊論;只要有人喜歡講,有人願意聽,就自成一個傳播世界。

咖啡店的傳播,很有參與感,愛怎麼講就怎麼講;很有滿足感,可以找到喜歡聽的內容;很有尖銳性,因為咖啡店有四道牆保護,甚麼都可以談。

問題是,沒有人,包括講者和聽者,能夠確定傳播的內容是否真實,正確;更沒有人在乎甚麼是客觀,公正。

咖啡店裡,人人可以是記者、編輯、評論人,但是,卻沒有一套專業和道德準則。

因此,咖啡店式的傳播,無法建立新聞學上要求的公信力(accountability journalism)。

咖啡店裡,人們憑著個人的喜好、愛恨、黨派,而設定本身的議程,目的只在於說服別人。

所以,維多利亞前期,社會一片混亂,沒有人相信誰,沒有人確定發生甚麼事,只有小道消息,咖啡館言論。

之後的19世紀末期,出現了現代報業;報章為了打開銷路,必須取信於讀者,而聘請專業的從業員,撰寫客觀和公正的報導和評論。

而報章這種大眾傳播媒體風光了150年,如今受到網絡媒體的衝擊。

網絡媒體有它的現代特色,遺憾的是,它回到咖啡店時代,出現同樣的毛病。

今天,大馬一些網絡媒體掉入這種陷阱,說話不用負責,罵人不用本錢;尖酸刻薄者,還可以譁眾取寵。

一些憤青,學問和修養欠奉,只有那麼一點不搭調的憤世嫉俗;在咖啡店裡找到位子,卻自詡為青年導師。

網絡媒體如果要長期發展,還必須以咖啡店為鑑。(星洲日報/馬荷加尼‧作者:鄭丁賢‧《星洲日報》副總編輯)

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malaysian says:

you might interested to read 2 articles commented on Tay-the-copycat’s writing.

http://merdekareview.com/news/n/19409.html

http://merdekareview.com/news/n/19355.html

nkkhoo says:

I already read them. A few points are taken from these two articles.