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Blogging in the Malaysian 21st century

I was kindly invited by the Centre for Media and Information Warfare Studies (CMIWS) of Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) to a one day seminar entitled "The National Seminar on Media and Technology: Bloggers - Issues and Challenges in the 21st Century" held on last Tuesday, on July 24th.

I immediately jumped at the chance to go, because that's really exactly what I am researching - the development of Malaysian blogs. Overall, the panel had a number of fine academics, as well as some prominent bloggers, and was well worth my while.

One criticism that I will make, however, is the surprising lack of internet presence of the event. By this I mean, when looking for online details of the event I couldn't find any, even when going to the Centre's website , and even their event announcer said nothing is happening on 24/7:

There was one blogger who mentioned it though.

Mahaguru58 was also there, and it was nice to meet him in person: he has given a summary of the talks, as well as the BM bits which I couldn't understand. I won't go over speaker by speaker, though they all deserve attention, but just give some overall thoughts. Click on the thumbnail to see a scan of the programme with details of the speakers, etc. Malaysian National Seminar Media Technology blogs

Before I arrived I was imagining what it might be like: at any academic gathering there are the usual individual and social motivations behind why they are initiated and attended (i.e. status, knowledge, networking,etc...), but this one is also about blogs in particular, something unusual - probably a first in Malaysia, and I think there haven't been many in the world so far... It struck me that what the seminar is is a group of academics coalescing around an idea of what blogs are.; so in that sense, in order to understand what the seminar is, one has to understand what the participants perceive a blog to be. i.e. What are blogs in Malaysia? What would be the substance of that idea? Continue reading "Blogging in the Malaysian 21st century"