Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Dirty Politics may back fire.

Vivian Balakrishnan is playing the gay card, and yet all the media in Singapore, the controlled media is printing Gutter news like this as headlines.

Dr Vivian's involvement in this fear-mongering and hate-mongering attack on Dr Vincent's character and political "motives" is simply "Dirty Politics". To condemn homophobia and the wild and false conflation of homosexuality into "sex with boys" is wrong like this video.

Well, in the news yesterday, the carefully edited video posted by an Astroturfer who just registered the account and posted 1 video was shown.

Here is the full video and it does not show that Dr Vincent was a homosexual nor did it show he has an agenda. (YoutubeUser: JohnTan88888 joined 1 week ago and uploaded only 1 video.)

Vincent Wijeysingha clearly does not take a stand on either these two issues!

This smear campaign is not done right as there seems to be not much engagement on social media end of the PAP, just broadcasting.

What's worse, there is more Astroturfing on the PAP site.

Is this how "fans" are manufactured to support your point of view?

It is indeed sad to see the incumbent party doing such low brow tactics to try to gain support in their losing social media battle.

This is not how you engage, things will only get worse if you do not plan and do it the wrong way.

-- Robin Low

More links.


Vivian Balakrishnan and the video that cannot be named

What's your douchebag agenda, Dr Vivian?

PAP's statement on Wijeysingha disappointing

Vivian’s bomb goes boo boo

Build trust! Don't Astroturf.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Engagement is crucial

The government of Singapore is doing many things well. Great transportation system, relatively good education system, great financial system. The political system is stable, and for 30 years, it has brought much progress.

Since the popularity of social media where people can share their opinions and feedback, many aired their views freely online.

With the government not willing to engage as shown in their actions on their YouTube channel, and Facebook page, it is very hard to win people over when you are not willing to hear them out.

Feedback is crucial, taking in the good, and fixing the failures, it is all in a days work to build trust and relationship. Obama was very good at using the crowd to create awareness, and luckily for the PAP, the opposition was not able to be as influential, however, there are a few sites which are very popular, no thanks to the government trying to Gazette it as a political website.

The online citizen is now an official political website and it has since drawn much crowds to its Facebook and Webpage. The conversations are genuine and people are allowed to share views about their likes and dislikes. Some of the posts do not hit the mark, and some do, and through feedbacks and comments, they are able to learn and carve out views which most of their viewers would like and share.

The current situation, the Internet is a big enemy. Nearly all posts about "PAP" online, whether it is on their official news site, on YouTube or on Facebook, you get to read about some very negative comments and after the heavy monitoring, a lot of the comments are deleted.

If this continues, I would think the opposition has a strong chance of getting angry votes.

Please do the right thing, enable comments and listen to our feedback. You need to engage!

-- Robin Low