Saw this Ted Talk video by Monica Lewinsky on Youtube. I think it is a timely video and would be great if you could spare 22 minutes to listen to what she is sharing.
Watching this video made me think about things that happened in Singapore over the past few months. Like the US and UK, we are seeing a rise in cyberbullying and online harassment. Publishing private and confidential details about someone online and making death threats are getting more and more common these days. We are lucky that none of the victims committed suicide yet. But it is time for us to put a stop to all these negative online behaviour before it is too late.
Cruelty to others is nothing new, but online, technologically enhanced shaming is amplified, uncontained, and permanently accessible. The echo of embarrassment used to extend only as far as your family, village, school or community, but now it’s the online community too. Millions of people, often anonymously, can stab you with their words, and that’s a lot of pain, and there are no perimeters around how many people can publicly observe you and put you in a public stockade. There is a very personal price to public humiliation, and the growth of the Internet has jacked up that price.
We are often encouraging these cyberbullying and online harassment without knowing. A marketplace has emerged where public humiliation is a commodity and shame is an industry. All these while when we are clicking and sharing these content, someone is benefitting from someone else’s suffering. Either through monetary gain from advertising or just raise in fame. And the more we click, the more it encourages others to join in.
The more we saturate our culture with public shaming, the more accepted it is, the more we will see behavior like cyberbullying, trolling, some forms of hacking, and online harassment.
We don’t have organisation like Tyler Clementi Foundation or Anti-Bullying Pro here in Singapore. Personally I hope that we won’t need to have one. Let’s put a stop to all the cyberbullying and online harassment. Public shaming as a blood sport has to stop now before it is too late.
Yesterday was the last day to drink legally in public after 10:30pm in Singapore. The Liquor Control (Supply and Consumption) Bill kicks in on 1st April 2015 and it prohibits drinking in public places such as void decks, parks and on the streets from 10.30pm to 7am. Retail sales of alcohol from 10:30pm will also be banned.
So on my way home last night, I decided to pop by 7-11 and grab a bottle of cider. I forgotten when was the last time I drank in public place. As I grow older, I find myself drinking only at places that serve alcohol or a my friend’s house. So to be frank, the new law does not affect me at all. But I’m just sick of this overregulation. Why can’t I have a drink in public places after 10:30pm if I don’t disturb anyone? The law should be targeting at people who create trouble after drinking, not people who are drinking in public.
Just because you have some people creating a mess after having a few drinks doesn’t mean that everyone will do that.
OK, some of you might go “HUH? What’s that?”. Other’s will know that I’m talking about screen resolution. Yes, I just got the Apple 27 inch iMac with Retina 5K display few weeks ago, hence the 5120 x 2880 resolution. OK ok, I know this is a lame joke.
I decided to get the new 27 inch iMac with Retina 5K display because the iMac I’m using is getting old. I’ve been using the old iMac for 7 years. It is hard to imagine that my old iMac managed to last that long. I use it almost everyday and it have been through tons of abuse. I’ve replaced several keyboard and mouse over the years and changed the Harddisk once. The old iMac is still usable although can feel that it is getting slower and the internal speakers is getting softer. But hey, can’t expect much from a 7 year old iMac. I wasn’t even expecting the iMac to last that long when I first bought it.
So I got the new 27 inch iMac with Retina 5K display together with the Fibre Broadband plan that I sign up late last year. Got a bit of savings because of the bundle. The new iMac is worth every cent. The display is beautiful. The only problem is that it is hard to find 4K content to make full use of the display. I also need time to get used to the 27 inch display. Moving from a 21 inch display to a 27 inch display is a huge change. There’s so much screen real estate now.
Oh, I must say that Apple really put in a lot of effort to make the unboxing experience a pleasant one. I didn’t do an unboxing video myself but you can check out the unboxing video done by others. Taking the iMac out of the box is a breeze despite the size.
I don’t know if this iMac can last me 7 years like the previous one. (I hope it can) All I know is that this is the resolution that I’ll be having for the next few years.
I’m sorry if you are here for my new year resolution. Like the past few years, I didn’t make any new year resolution. Don’t believe in them.
It’s almost 3pm on 31 December and here I am following a simple tradition that I had. To look back and reflect on the year.
Actually 2014 is quite uneventful for me. Even the Facebook Year In Review looks so boring that I didn’t bother sharing. I thought I will be seeing huge changes in my life 1 year ago as we approach 2014. But I was wrong. Nothing much has changed. Maybe this is better but we will never know. Plans changed along the way. I guess that’s life. You make plans and you make adjustment as you go along.
Some wishes were answered while some were forgotten. End of the day, we just need to learn what to hold on and what to let go.
2015 is going to be a huge year (I guess). Singapore is celebrating its 50th Birthday. And the geek in me is excited because 2015 is also the year in Back To The Future 2. But most importantly, I certain that some things that were supposed to happen in 2014 will happen in 2015.
Whereever you are, whatever you are doing, I wish you all the best for 2015.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days of auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne
We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.