I.e., the self-chosen role of the press here is to unconditionally support the government. The role of the press in Europe and the US is largely to uncover government ****-ups.
edit: You can see the same sense of self-censorship here in Clubsnap, where one cannot even post a completely non-offending alternative word for "rooster".
Last edited by LittleWolf; 13th November 2008 at 08:18 PM.
Being able to walk safely at 2 am is not the distinguishing point of a great nation.
If it was, north korea could become a great nation.
It's not about the crime rate.
It's also not about how often utility charges are raised or how often bus fares are tweaked.
Neither is it about having many -hubs or -polis. Or world-class this or world-class that.
Or having the best airport in the world. Or the busiest harbour in the world.
Being a great nation is not about having the largest land area, the largest economy or the mightiest military power.
If it was based on such quantitive criteria, the greatness of nations would just be a ranking by size, eoconomy or military power.
But a small country like Israel can be a great nation.
On the other hand, a powerful country like China can be not a great nation.
Think about it.
Last edited by waileong; 13th November 2008 at 08:55 PM.
and i never said singapore was a great nation; i just said that it was better than many other places that its inhibitants love to compare it to. but there are compromises, and i said that.
what is being great? to be honest, how does it matter to anyone?
i am actually of the view that singapore is an equal mix like anywhere else; we have the national day temporary believers, same as anywhere else, we have the real heartlanders, we also have the people who have gone overseas - half of which love singapore even more as a result, and the other half will just leave forever.
in the end, it's all the same -that's my point; there is no reason to try to force a slant when every population everywhere is equally diverse. even in a propaganda-filled society like examples we can get in the world wars.. there were people who didn't believe, and people who believed. you are equally likely to find a true patriot in singapore, as you are in any city in the world, be it new york, london, paris.. and in the same breath, you are equally likely to find someone who's likely to tell you to sod off when it comes to country love.
instead of nitpicking at points from individual members (and very select ones at that).. what about your views, since you have stayed in singapore, and you've gone elsewhere?
it is easy to sit on the fence to throw spanners into people's points of view; but other than views on girls, i have not seen you offer anything concrete or substantial. so much for being "sciolistic"..
Last edited by night86mare; 13th November 2008 at 09:30 PM.
so it matters a lot to you?
frankly speaking.. just exiting every single time with a nasty put-down comment is not impressing anyone.
maybe that's your idea of greatness, unfortunately it is not my idea of it. but nonetheless, you are a great man in your own great mind who understands what constitutes a great nation. please continue on being great, we will all bask greatfully in your greatness.
Last edited by night86mare; 13th November 2008 at 09:33 PM.
It's not bad a nation I would say. I quite like it here.
People who complain about transport costs and taxes are insane. Don't they realise these are among the lowest for development countries? Check out 40-50 percent taxes in Europe baby!
US? When you have crazed conservatives who try to stop evolution from being taught, you know there's a problem. Not to mention the gun crime.
UK? Replace said gun crime with knife crime. London is madness and their transport sucks.
Singapore itself is fine, but its people on the other hand, sometimes are a big turn off. Visit Stomp (for a short while lest we turn stupid) and see.
Research Institute for Unicultural Visual Arts - Riuva.com
http://superhyperreal.com in case you weren't sure
Plus I only offer substantial points of view on things which I have actual life experience with rather than reading through wikipedia and online.
That's why I start posts like my recent one regarding the Chicken McSpicy