the mudpond

It's good to let things breathe in your imagination because often your initial response to it is not the best thought-through response. I savour little glimpses of life. Mine and those of people who turn me sideways and around. Friend or stranger. Even a child. (the world looks different from down there) Sometimes an author, photographer, artist. I let things saturate and incubate here. Hopefully, deeper meanings can percolate up and flower.

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A stray cat.


SPG: Back Under Wraps

WELL, SHE's back under wraps.

As much as I appreciated her artistic blog, I sincerely respect and salute her for getting back into her sarong:

"People I don't know out there can't hurt me with their opinions.[...] My parents didn't like the picture. And since they are the people who take care of me and love me, I am accountable for how they feel."

Shows, you can’t judge a book by its cover. Or a gal by her sarong. Or rather, the lack thereof.

Shows, our Asian values - filial piety and respect for our elders - are still alive and strong.

Whether or not you like it.

Then, the media wasn’t wrong to report it. It occurred. We shouldn’t want to pretend it didn’t. Then, the media did not judge, it reported public reactions.

Whether or not you like those reactions.

News is a cultural resource, whether found in the mainstream or on the fringes. We shouldn’t be afraid of what other people feel. Though, at the end of the day, we can and must judge for ourselves what we feel. And as it turns out, the
cyber audience also strongly disapproved of SPG’s nudity. A strong reflection of how journalism (in this case) has engaged its audience in an activist, democratic sense.

Whether or not you like it.

Those are mainstream opinions. We may not agree. But there you go, those views highlight exactly just how permissive a society we are.


Here's what I think is really VERY SARONG. The stark lack of journalism ethics:

ONE: her right to privacy:

"Any article about me as a 'nude blogger' after yesterday's ST does not come with my support or agreement."

TWO: sensationalizing the issue and judging the blogger.


A Freudian slip on the part of the writer, perhaps?

Yanks is a most violent word for such a sensitive issue. Mind you, she's still a teenager.

Yanks. Psychologically, you could make a victim of her with this indecent word. You rape our sensitivities with your 'yanks'

Please just report the news. Please don't assault her (and us) with your indecent, violent and narrow minds.



Blogger Calentropus said...


C'mon !... She knew (and knows) the game very well. She was asking for public comment, and she got it.

If anyone really wanted to exercise their rights to privacy, they would not post a nude photo of themselves. It is the absolute antithesis to privacy !

As to sensationalizing the issue... who started all this in the first place ? She did. She wanted public exposure, and she got it.

If she can't stand the heat, then she should get out of the kitchen. (Which she did.... at least for now).

1:30 PM  
Blogger percolator said...

you clearly have no ability to make distinctions. SHe still has a right not to be quoted without permission. Showing her nudity does not remove those rights. She removed the pics out of respect, love and consideration for her parent's feelings. That low blow is from the press is most undeserved.
Calentropus, we still live in a civil society, at least, I hope.

1:39 PM  
Blogger Calentropus said...

"Right to be quoted without permission"... Very lame and that won't hold water.

When you publish something on a public media, by definition, you are telling the whole world and are inviting the rest of the world to quote and/or reference you.

That she removed the pics, etc out of consideration for feelings of loved ones is one thing, but even that, she explicitly had to publicize.

Is she really wanted to stop all this, she could simply stop posting or delete that blog altogether and start over. But of course she won't.

She is an exhibitionist for God's sake !, and she still is.

Personally, I think she has an in-born knack for all this. Give her a few years, and she will be able to make something out of this. An Asian Anna Nichole Smith, perhaps ?

3:06 PM  
Blogger desiderata said...

Bloggers' writings are a causative agent, and the reactions are the effects.

We must be prepared for consequences for going public -- of course, the use of language in any commentary reflects on the commentator's cultural bias or even religious bent, even bigoted ones. A writer has to live with the Good, Bad and Ugly.

I read a poetic piece by fellow blogger, to which I added a comment, at on SPG -- go visit.

3:34 PM  
Blogger desiderata said...

Oops, amend:; the
post title is Surrender Thoughtfuly on June 17.

Thanks Mudpond for using your blog to pass on the msg for sharing.

3:38 PM  
Blogger Lucia Lai said...

"She removed the pics out of respect, love and consideration for her parent's feelings."

she did that? but i thought she said her parents doesn't know she is blogging. her parents doesn't know she has a blog... a blog where she pose nude, so why all of a sudden have this respect, love and consideration for the parents? why didn't these feelings came in before she posted the nude pics?

and to look at that quote again:
"She removed the pics out of respect, love and consideration for her parent's feelings.", i wonder why people made so much a hoo-haa regarding one mr ng who said something about what she did reflect bad on her parents. SPG herself thought she better remove the pic out of respect, love and consideration for her parents... doesn't this sort of tell that she don't want her parents to think bad of her or doesn't want people to think that her parents has this kind of child (who put up nude pic on the net) - which is exactly what mr ng said. it's a fact, esp. among the chinese, the consequence of what a child did, will fall back on the parents.

i am not one to judge what she did was right or wrong. actually in a way i do agree with her that the nude body if done tastefully is an art form. and like many others had been saying, it's her blog, up to her what she wants to do on her blog.

though i agree with calentropus that she was inviting public comments when she posed the nude pic but i don't agree it was she who sensationalize the issue. it was the media. read what mack wrote about the media sensationilising on this issue. good read.

3:56 PM  
Blogger percolator said...

My context is ethics. Just because the press can, doesn't make it right. What public good is served in sensationalising a 18-year old's regretted actions?
News can be reported factually and still be accurate. The negative consequence of her actions is that her nudity embarassed or hurt her parents. The good outcome is that she remedied the 'wrong' and ultimately subordinated her own impulses/desires to her parent's comfort.
As decent, caring and loving parents, surely this act of consideration and 'reconciliation' must count for something. It must count more than the mistake.
If we judge her so 'bad' are we so 'good' when we harp relentlessly on the mistake and not the readiness to act out of love and respect?
Public service or self-interest?
Given available options, MUST it always be a case of "... and here is the BAD news?"

4:20 PM  
Blogger Calentropus said...

If SPG did not know that the media would blow up the issue, then she is really dumb (for someone who claims she has lots of talent and skills and all that).

It certainly isn't about ethics either. One can just as easily say, just 'cos you can post your pic nude doesn't make it right to do so.

And I think, there is no good or bad here at all. There is nothing right or wrong with posting your pic nude, or getting angry at your daughter for doing so, or the media quoting from some public blog, or removing pics that was posted by one's own self.

It is all just someone's opinion about something.

Incidentally, if it were not for all of us kaypor reading, talking, and blogging about this, there would be nothing sensationaly about it at all.

This is reminescent of the '90s... when big news was about some sex or money scandal. So much better than talking about people getting killed and what not, don't you think ?

4:59 PM  
Blogger percolator said...

My context is journalistic ethics. Not an 18-year old's so-called 'folly'.

5:20 PM  
Blogger Calentropus said...

I am not a great fan of the media, but in this case, I really can't find any fault in whatever they did.

Exactly what was so unethical ? Some girl made a public statement, they simply reported it. That is the job of the media - To report the relevant happenings of the times. Yep, it was sensational, but it was relevant, and of public interest.

They just did their job, like everyone else.

6:27 PM  
Blogger percolator said...

If you read my posts carefully, you'll find I fully agree with the 'event' being reported. A nude blogger is news. It reflects a social development, perhaps unwelcome, but of public interest nevertheless. I am unambiguous about the need to keep the public informed on this.
At the same time,I am concerned about the undertones, about how this news is framed (albeit subtly), and the underlying politics of crisis. As a media observer, one with some understanding of the theory of mews and its construct, I read the nuances quite differently, perhaps.

7:36 PM  
Blogger 5xmom said...

We bloggers are as guilty as the media. We sensationalise our title, using catchy ones to get attention. So, using yanks seem ok to me. Frankly, I think our Malaysian bloggers suck 'cos they kept hunting down Mr Ngwhathisname and The Star when the story originates from Singapore Strait Times and that ANN (whatever it is). And that SPG is really none of our business. Again, our Malaysian bloggers are bordering on the sheeps mentality. All in all, there were many 'pot calling the kettle blacks' people. And you, T-Boy and I probably blogged on a different angle, which is good. I wouldn't dare to touch this topic had it not for your earlier blog and T-Boy's. Bloggers are so touchy these days, don't you agree?

7:58 PM  
Blogger Calentropus said...

Blogging.... is about flawed people, by flawed people, for other flawed people to read.

I think 5xMom is right about pot calling the kettle black.

So we are all hypocrites.... what the heck !... Just blog on.

8:08 PM  

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