Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Podcasts banned in General Elections

Bloody hell! Podcasting is not allowed during the elections here in Singapore says the government. It also adds that video casting is also prohibited and that bloggers who want to discuss politics must register themselves with the Media Development Authority. From Channel NewsAsia:
Dr Balaji said: "There are also some well-known local blogs run by private individuals who have ventured into podcasting. The content of some of these podcasts can be quite entertaining. However, the streaming of explicit political content by individuals during the election period is prohibited under the Election Advertising Regulations. A similar prohibition would apply to the videocasting or video streaming of explicitly political content."
Here's another Channel NewsAsia report that talks about the reaction:
One academic believes the ban has the 'potential to scare people'.

"It's a reminder that there are laws, that if you transgress, if you violate the laws, you can be punished," said Associate Professor Benjamin Detenber, Nanyang Technological University's School of Communication and Information.

"A lot of people were hoping that with the new technology, there would be an opportunity to push the boundaries of political discourse a little further, open things up. What we've seen here is that as long as the communication is political, it doesn't matter what technology is being used, it's still subject to the same laws," he added.
I know some of you may ask what is the government afraid of? I pity the opposition parties. They do not have the resources to promote their views and campaigns freely using the local media and now they cannot use podcasting or the internet without fear of the government coming hard on them. And what about people like you and me who have every right to discuss freely about who we want as our leaders? We are talking about the future of our country here and we cannot even do that. So who is really afraid of who here?

Well, I don't care. Fuck the rules mate. No podcasting? Says who. Here's mine (announcing out loud to the government). Go listen to it. Oh once you finish listening to it, you may need to play it backwards to reveal the hidden actual messages.

Warning: Hidden messages contain political views that the government does not want us to hear. Do not play it in reverse unless you are one of those who truly believe that subliminal messages can be hidden in an audio recording.

14 comments:

Myra Leong said...

Music to my ears.

;o)

finatiq said...

hahaha! good one.

Bengster said...

wa lao eh how to listen to reverse one

Anonymous said...

Is that your voice? You should seriously do a podcast show. Love your voice.

Mr Big said...

I can imagine the govt all panicky trying to reverse play it.

siam said...

Thank you for highlighting the potential use of backmasking in delivering political msgs in songs.

cece said...

The government is afraid of the people and the people is afraid of the government.

xXx said...

Dun think the government will like you very much when they get their people to try very hard to play your song backwords to hear if there is any political podcast in it.

dann said...

Let me go n play it backwards

Boywonder said...

IZ: Jam with me sometime ok?

Giselle Loh said...

Yes IZ do a weekly podcast. You can just read the news and close it with a song for us.

Anonymous said...

One way to safeguard your rule: CONTROL THE SPREAD OF INFORMATION

Shy said...

I doubt the govt knows about backmasking until now.

pinkdior said...

I'll vote for an IZ Reloaded podcast!!!!

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