A Teaser to “Big Boys Blogging”

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Call this a strange coincidence or just luck: each time I meet a politician in some event, I ended up sitting down with him or her in a roundtable or interview weeks later in the mainstream media. The last time that happened was with Penny Low. Our meeting during the ST political roundtable was anticipated by a social entrepreneurship event a week earlier. Similarly, my meeting with George Yeo at BlogTV.SG was foreshadowed by a meeting in a coffee session three weeks earlier.

The invitation from BlogTV.SG was circulated to the group on 27 December by KTM. Turns out that Huichieh received the same invitation on 26 December but was then busy with the migration to Movable Type. As usual, I was arrowed, though there was much discussion among ourselves regarding possible questions, most of which were unused. On hindsight, considering that these were rather substantive sort of questions, they probably don’t belong on the show given its format anyway.

We were well aware of the misgivings that various bloggers voiced concerning such events. Nonetheless, we figured that it’s best to form a judgment after we see things for ourselves. After all, there is a sense in which bloggers possess the last word to what transpired in such events; at minimum, we can always present our versions. Besides, the famous Gayle Goh was going too (I knew because she rang me up for possible questions beforehand).

Due to a gentleman’s agreement that we will not tell our story until after the show is aired next Tuesday, I will only provide a teaser based on my earlier encounter with George Yeo on 4 Dec 2006 (check out this earlier article on my personal blog). But this much I will say: there was a somewhat surprising comment from George Yeo during the BlogTV.SG interview and I am pretty curious to see whether it will be aired in the final version. I was told that they will place the extra excerpts of the interview on the site. That is all I will say until the show airs next Tuesday.

Related Links (Update):
[1] George Yeo, “BlogTV Experience”. The picture above is from Ephraim’s blog.
[2] Gayle Goh, “On Meeting George Yeo”.
[3] BL, “Big Boys Blogging” at Brewerkz”.
[4] Rambling Librarian, ” Yet another missed opportunity to be on BlogTV.SG”.
[5] Mr Wang, “Starring BG George Yeo & Mr Wang? Nah”
[6] Kway Teow Man, On Happiness, Expectations and Freedom of Expression.
[7] Cognitive Dissonance, Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You.
[8] Elia Diodati, Engaging a Politician: Your Danse Macabre .

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Bernard Leong

A Pragmatic Idealist