If you blog or read blogs, don’t miss Andrew Sullivan’s Why I Blog. “A good blog is your own private Wikipedia,” he says. It’s essential in a place like Singapore with few newspapers and magazines and limited sources of information.
But before 1998, when did Singapore experience recession? In 1985-86. And before that? I don’t know. That’s all I found on the Net. Maybe I didn’t know where to look. We can put such information online and hope they will be indexed by search engines.
An alternative online newspaper
I wish we had more blogs and websites linking to all kinds of news. The ideal format would be like the Arts and Letters Daily which links to lots of stories, summarising them in little intros. Or it could be like Drudge Report. It should link to stories not only about Singapore but from all over the world. It would be an alternative online newspaper with a useful, easy-to-use search engine.
What’s great about blogs
But a good blog is more than a private Wikipedia. It is instant journalism. Top blogger and journalist Sullivan writes in his article published on The Atlantic Online:
We blog now—as news reaches us, as facts emerge. This is partly true for all journalism, which is, as its etymology suggests, daily writing, always subject to subsequent revision… But a blog is not so much daily writing as hourly writing…
A reporter can wait—must wait—until every source has confirmed. A novelist can spend months or years before committing words to the world. For bloggers, the deadline is always now. Blogging is therefore to writing what extreme sports are to athletics: more free-form, more accident-prone, less formal, more alive. It is, in many ways, writing out loud…
In fact, for all the intense gloom surrounding the news-paper and magazine business, this is actually a golden era for journalism. The blogosphere has added a whole new idiom to the act of writing and has introduced an entirely new generation to nonfiction. It has enabled writers to write out loud in ways never seen or understood before. And yet it has exposed a hunger and need for traditional writing that, in the age of television’s dominance, had seemed on the wane.
Words, of all sorts, have never seemed so now.