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.


Not So Farnee Airnee More

SO WAS IT a good thing? The feme I mean. After the euphoria… the fallout:

#1 One ‘ugly’ pic sends her saham crashin'
#2 One Dear minishorts letter leads to 'mature content alert' and a dedicated entry to kids in raunchy blog.
#3 Same pretty blogger was later stopped at road block… on suspicion of being Tai Lok Mui [this may be unrelated but, well she's femes, so it's NEWS]
#4. Bystander casualty - 5xmom… go and see lah.
#5. BOTY just feted in Singapura – returns to a thwaking by angry g/fs (other people’s as far as one can see)

More to come? Was it a good thing?

The moment they were selected, they became unwitting Ambassadors of the Malaysian Blogosphere. Role model expectations were literally thrust upon them. Not just from the public, but from fellow bloggers as well.

1. So was this Malaysian Blog Idols (borrowed expression from Screenshots) a good thing?
2. Actually, 'good' for who?
3. How can all this attention and publicity be turned into a really good thing, for the bloggers and Bloggosphere? Turn from adversity to opportunity?

If it doesn’t seem so fun, glam or farnee anymore, it’s because of a simple truism: there is a price to pay for fame. Every celebrity - Princess Di, Tom Cruise, J Lo, David and/or Victoria Beckham et al… past, present and future paid, pays and will pay. The thing is how to make feme worthwhile. Talent casting for ads, movies, spokeman, publishers, ... C'mon marketing professionals, any ideas?

Anyway, for better or for worse, this too shall soon pass. News today, fishwrap tomorrow. So, better make hay while the sun shines. Cheers :)



Blogger lc teh said...

OK, doesn't everyone ever hope for a few minutes of fame one time or other? Without thinking, yes. But when you look at all those who really make it to be hot favourites, they can't turn around to be "nobody" anymore. Or they'd crave for more, like MJ for instance. Human nature being, you can't see yourself slipping back. They call that "losing it". It really takes a matured character to know all this is a flitting moment, given the fickleness of human beings. Unless you really stand for some universal principles like what Mother Theresa stood for. But then She didn't care for attention. This is my opinion.

5:18 PM  
Anonymous BawangMerah said...

The road is never without it's thorns. They will grow stronger as humans and bloggers. Everything is worth it, if we learn to find it's worth. In fact as bloggers, we will learn to understand the meeting of the outside world and the blogosphere. One can only learn from it and grow ;)

7:59 PM  
Blogger thquah said...

All of them are still famous meh.See so many ppl reading their blogs. I am glad I am not one of them. Anyway I couldn't be, can I? My blog popularity is no where near them.

8:13 PM  
Blogger Cowboy Caleb said...

Your undertones of gloating and glee are unbecoming of a person of your age.

11:41 PM  
Blogger percolator said...

First off, I think you're unhappy at the way things turned out. I'm not sure I know why. You're not having to adjust to fame.

You feel bad for them? That's not a bad thing. But don't lash out at me with unfounded statements and personal insults. It's plain silly, soooky... it doesn't help things. You know that, cowboy.

Say, how about you try to come out with something more useful and productive. Like some ideas of how they can cope. Turn adversity into opportunity. I did. Well, sort of. You a marketing professional? Give it some deep thought.

Blog about some really sound ideas on how this feme can be optimised, to advantage. THat'll be really helpful.

It's OK, cowboy. I'm not sore with you for your tantrum here. We've all been there. Cheers :)

7:09 AM  
Blogger percolator said...

I agree. We are all attracted to light, if possible, we want to be a source of light, at least for a while. Our time of glory, basking in the sun. But after all while, the glare can be blinding, uncomfortable and hot for most people. Yet there are truly exceptional people who manage not only to withstand it, they harness and manage it to their advantage.

Actually I do believe the 'femes' bloggers are actually handling it relatively well. It's the few jumpy fans that unwittingly kick up dust.

11:00 AM  
Blogger percolator said...

oh dear, sorry for the earlier comment: it was so badly written. *cough*
But I've got something on the stove and it takes too long to retype it. Apologies.

11:05 AM  
Blogger percolator said...

Sorry to be responding piecemeal like this. My kitchen is like Hell's Gate in NZ. Lots of stuff steaming, bubbling and simmering in pots on my stoves.

If everyone is femes, who's gonna encourage and motivate with cheering? No fans, no femes.

OTOH, without 'jeles' who's gonna provide the challenges that let them rise to higher planes?

We need both.

We also need observers and commentators like you and lc, bawang and me... to complete the whole peanut gallery.

11:45 AM  
Blogger eyeris said...

They all knew what would happen when the story came out, and I'm proud to say that all four of them handled their various situations and responses amiably.

2:06 PM  
Blogger percolator said...

agree, as per my comments to bawang merah.

2:45 PM  

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