It made me revisit some of the more notable posts/ events that were significant to me:
- Death threats to blogger Kathy Sierra (see: SFgate.com 27 Mar 2007; Kathy's own blog posts here, here and here)
- Cherian George, on One Country, Two Systems
- The Nexus 2007 conference (a comprehensive summary here)
- BlogOut 2007 (here's a cheeky post-event summary by Kevin)
- The controversy surrounding the remarks made by teenager Wee Shu Min (yup, there's even a Wikipedia article)
- The resurfacing, and hopefully a final close-out, of the Philip Yeo Vs. Acid Flask incident
Bernard believes that (1) an informal mechanism of criticism and feedback would be established between the New Media and the Mainstream Media, (2) controversy would be unsustainable in new media, and (3) the rise of "Specialist Bloggers" in the SG media landscape. He concludes that the future relationship between the two medias would be a balance that has positive and optimistic outcomes.
I've no doubt there would be a balance between the "two medias". The question is really 'when' (I made a similar point in this iChat conversation with Kevin and Brennan in October last year).
If you understand the concept of economic equilibrium, then it's easy to view the relationship of the New Media and the Mainstream Media as one influenced by price, demand and supply, with "News and Information" as the commodity.
And as in economics, what's less easy is to be able to predict and determine how much influence one variable has over the other.