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.


Humpty Dumpty, Again

THERE'S FAIRY PISS rain out there, now.

It's Saturday morning and I’m home. Stuck with a bored four-year old.

He’s circling the lounge in the exaggerated, pantomime manner that little macho predators have. He’s planting one foot after the other, as far left and as far right, as his stout little legs can stretch, without losing his centre of gravity. Swaggering wobbily about. In his faux gruff voice, the little grunt is going:

"Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a big fall... "

over and over and OVER and OVER again.


I’m reading blogs, trying my very best to ignore the annoying lil grunt. And his silly lil ditty.

And, oh my 'Goodness Gracious Me!’ [sic]

A tall poppy is showing us an outstanding example of double standards. He is precariously perched.

Anyone who even pretends to understand the concept of public opinion will know that Web Polls are roughly (only) an offline equivalent to straw polls. Many news sites (MSNBC, for instance) integrate web polls into every one of their stories. They all know that, although a popular way to aggregate opinion online, webpolls are far from effective in accurately reflecting public opinion. What more, in a country with such low internet penetration, like ours.

Jeff Ooi and his readers also know that Web Polls are far from a representative sampling method.

"To skim the cream of people's instantaneous thoughts"


Now, why would ANYBODY who's ever been in a Form Five classroom, least of all, our clever politicians, be so gullible as to think... Oh hey, Politics 101 has the story.

How exactly did Kit’s poll earn the denigration of "faulty and irrelevant"?


Any Sixth Former would know the discursive model is a far more fruitful way to examine opinion on the internet. Therefore, if conversation is a determining factor of public opinion, then, it can be said that blogs are reflective of public opinion.


Most times there is no real deliberation occurring in these conversational arenas called blogs. Most times.

Hmm... so, perhaps, we no longer need to put Humpty Dumpty back together again. Perhaps, we simply need to distribute him.

The sun is coming out. And the little grunt is greedily gobbling up his breakfast of scrambled eggs on toast.



Blogger Lucia Lai said...

hear hear!

yes i'm sure we are all smart and matured enough to know how a poll works.

i never like to enter polls as i know it is ALWAY NEVER at all the representation of ALL. well, for the sake of fun i do join in but never take it seriously.

i always said e.g. even re: the miss malaysia contest, the winner, is NOT the most beautiful in malaysia, though she is miss malaysia as many others who are much more beautiful than her do not join the contest... but we accept it anyway, not that she is most beautiful but that she is judged by some judges (or public) as miss malaysia.

4:10 PM  
Blogger thquah said...

I don't believe in online polls. Whatever outcome the results, be it positive or negative. Mostly polls are just an opinion of a certain section of society.
So don't be fool by polls results.(sometimes)

10:00 PM  
Blogger Jason said...

Happy belated birthday. Sorry, was 1 day late. ;) All the best.

1:53 AM  
Blogger thquah said...

it's your Birthday yesterday. Happy Birthday and many more to come.Cheers on me.

11:49 AM  
Blogger percolator said...

wah, thanks guys.
Better late than never. A year older, and a little wiser. Hopefully.

the real point of my post is double standards (which he accused Kit of, in not reporting 'Good Man' to the police). Why nitpick the validity of Kit's webpoll, and not JO's SMS poll?

8:00 AM  

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