Is there such a word in the english language, folks?
If not, I think we should have one. And if it’s true that there is no such word ‘blogophobia’, we might as well go the whole nine yards and re-word it as ‘blogaphobia‘ because it somewhat resonates with the irrationality of its intended, yet to be defined, meaning in modern english literature.
Just try pronouncing ‘blogaphobia’ in an exaggerated manner in an accent of your choice with the following set of syllables – blo*gah*four*beer – with a recommended emphasis on ‘gah’ rather than the last syllable which may result with a fresh, chilled jug placed in front of you accompanied with the ubiquitous overpriced bill when uttered in certain fishing spots. Go on, give it a try, will yer. Yer all by yer loneself in front of yer PC, reading this crap I’m writing and probably sniggering silently. Trust me, nobody’s watching… unless yer webcam’s switched on.
So why am I writing this? Well, there’s this bloke who’s in charge of islamic affairs in the BN administration, AZH (pictured below), who had to make a press statement to the MSM regarding a recent public uproar with a blogsite which had postings denigrating Islam.. and Hinduism. Of course and as usual, the official government shrieking reprimands were confined to defending muslim sentiments on the matter.
Here’s an excerpt from the Star –
Zahid faults woman over blog (Wed 31/12/08)
TELUK INTAN: The woman who denied owning a blog that insulted Prophet Muhammad should have acted more swiftly in removing the offensive content.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is in charge of Islamic affairs, said that she should have acted immediately when the blog’s existence was allegedly uncovered several months ago.
On Sunday, it was reported that the woman, in her 20s, denied owning the blog and that it had been created to target her and her employer.
However, Dr Ahmad Zahid said the woman should take responsibility even if she had not been monitoring the content of the site.
“She should monitor her own blog. People are visiting it and she cannot put the blame on somebody else,” he told reporters after launching the Batang Padang and Hilir Perak Federal Development Office here yesterday.
(Bold emphasis is mine)
Full article here.
Mind you, this same blockhead.. bloghead.. whatever lah has a doctorate which carries the standard bragging rights to include ‘Dr’ to his name. But the ‘good’ doctor (hey, I gotta be kind to the other genuine PhD holders) missed the root crux of the problem – how do you monitor and moderate if a blogsite does not belong to you?
AZH is probably the 3rd or 4th ministerial level person among other high ranking public servants including the lameduck PM and that frothing-in-the-mouth chap at the MOI who also made press statements on this issue. Perhaps, AZH didn’t want to be left out since the matter encroaches into his dominion.
And do you know what’s more pathetic? The woman, who is unwillingly implicated by default through the sweeping and unfounded statements by government officials, was questioned by the PDRM and is now free on police bail.
Gaaah! Don’t you wish GE13 is just round the corner.