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Monday, September 12, 2005

Blogs in the news again

Shonali Muthalaly of The Hindu talks about how women are expressing themselves online through blogs. Familiar names like Ammani and Bridalbeer figure in the list. However, the article fails to give URL’s of the blogs being referred to in the article.

A palpable feature of women bloggers is their fearlessness in confronting the truth about their lives — both the present and the future. Contrary to what Ally McBeal, Bridget Jones and every other frothy commercial chick-flick would have us believe, these bloggers, in many ways, represent the real face of women today: strong, intelligent and remarkably clear headed when it comes to romance.

Bridal Beer, a lawyer in Kolkata, is an obstinate survivor too. She describes herself as "Single, 20s, was briefly in love... in New York for long enough to miss it. Now I am in India, training to be a wife-for-life to a relative stranger (not a stranger who is a relative, we don't do those)."

And although she's clearly pining for her New York boyfriend Brian, she takes her prospective arranged marriage with equanimity, because she realises she must. "Tomorrow, I have a date with a Would-Be's dad. This is really a Cannot-Be, yet I dine and date. Otherwise my parents will make it difficult for me to enjoy the creature comforts of a life here."

Bloggers Behind Bars

2 Singaporean bloggers have been charged under the Sedition Act for posting racist comments in their blogs. This has attracted widespread coverage in the local blogosphere. Channel News Asia also covered the same in its daily news bulletin. It is likely that these comments were posted on online forums / blogs which created a chain reaction in some of the discussion boards. Watch your word!

7 Comments:

  • FTA:

    Lawyers warn that anybody who forwards seditious remarks to others via email can also be charged with abetment.

    Scary.

    The question is, would Sarong Party Girl now carry a legal disclaimer?

    By Blogger MetaMutator, at 7:17 AM  

  • This is the second article in Metro Plus about women bloggers. And both times, they make it sound as if blogs by women discuss "...love and life, marriage, families, work and children. But mostly, love..." They make it sound like women write too personal stuff and invite others' sympathy, which sounds terrible. Atleast I hope there isn't more of such pathetic columns in MP.

    By Blogger Krithiga, at 7:23 AM  

  • There are too many high profile Indibloggers here in SG.. I hope everybody needs to watch their posts and comments.

    By Blogger Ram.C, at 7:28 AM  

  • From Yahoo:

    The two ethnic Chinese men, aged 25 and 27, face charges for promoting ill-will and hostility between ethnic communities on their personal websites, or "blogs", in June.

    The police said both men were accused of posting racist remarks aimed at Singapore's mostly-Muslim ethnic Malay community.


    The other question here is what is a blog-owner's legal liability vis-a-vis someone else's posts on his/her blog? Does Singaporean law make any special concessions for fora owners?

    (IANAL, but AFAIK, existing Indian law would make bloggers liable for any content on their websites, while American law doesn't).

    By Blogger MetaMutator, at 7:38 AM  

  • There was a similar case in the msian blogsphere some time back - a commenter commented something on another blog - but the blogger won the battle n the commenter was caught instead. Same thing with malicious mails on a singer - they managed to track down the main forwarder.

    By Blogger visithra, at 12:54 PM  

  • The article does not even mention ammani or the other bloggers... Just the blog tags have been used.

    By Blogger Somu, at 3:04 PM  

  • @Akshay,
    Did know that u are a fan of SPG :-)

    @Krithika,
    It is not just the Hindu...the rest of the Indian newspapers have written about Chick blogs.

    @Ram,
    we need to be little bit more careful

    @Visit,
    looks like these things are becoming common in the blogosphere

    @Somu,
    I knew that the statement relates to Ammani as I have read the Quick tale before. they could have atleast mentioned her name.

    By Blogger Kaps, at 3:23 PM  

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