Thursday, 10 March 2016
TRS was our Donald Trump
So Donald Trump wins another primary.
He is leading the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
This despite him saying racist and xenophobic things like:
Or more likely, because of it.
US officials said that diplomats from Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia have expressed alarm about the xenophobic nature of Trump's statements, reported Reuters.
But what's more alarming than the xenophobic nature of Trump's statements is that many Americans seem to support those statements by voting for him.
Is it possible that Trump isn't really as xenophobic as he appears and is saying all that stuff just to win votes?
He has even been accused to making stuff up to monger the hate.
Don't blame Donald Trump for Donald Trump. Blame the people voting for him.
Could something like Donald Trump happen here in Singapore?
In a way, it already has.
The Real Singapore was our Donald Trump.
Like Trump, TRS tapped into the xenophobia of the populace and benefitted from it.
On Tuesday, former TRS editor Ai Takagi pleaded guilty to publishing inflammatory articles on the website (now defunct) and its Facebook page.
The prosecution said TRS editors "brazenly played up racism and xenophobia" on the site. "They even resorted to outright and blatant fabrication in order to attract Internet users to their website - all with the objective of increasing their advertising revenue."
One example of such fabrication was an article about a Filipino family causing a commotion between the police and participants of last year’s Thaipusam procession.
The court heard that TRS received more than 134 million page views in total from May 2014 to March last year, double that of the preceding year. Over 95 per cent of the website’s readers were from Singapore, reported The Straits Times.
Each time an article is viewed on the site, an advertisement is displayed and TRS would be paid for it. Between December 2013 and April last year, the website earned over A$473,000 (S$488,000) in advertising revenue from Google alone.
What all this suggests is that xenophobic articles = page views = $.
If the equation were cat photos = page views = $, TRS could've been filled with kitty pics.
So don't blame TRS. Blame ourselves for clicking on TRS for the xenophobic articles.
Just as the success of Trump playing up racism and xenophobia for votes says less about the man and more about the Republican voters, the success of TRS playing up racism and xenophobia for readership and profit says less about the website and more about us.
TRS may be gone, but not the readership.
Or the xenophobia.
If only we liked cat photos more.
TRENDING POSTS OF THE WEEK
It’s like 1996 all over again. Only instead of the Macarena , we’re dancing Gangnam Style . Instead of watching the White House get bl...
Art, sports & dollars: Award-winning artist Sonny Liew & gold medal-winning athlete Soh Rui Yong put the money where their mouth isBoth had highly publicised money-related issues with authorities. One involving a state grant. The other, sponsorships. Both overcame th...
Do you have enough of Navy chio bu ME1 Clarie Teo? Posted by Must Be Singapore on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 Meet the star of Mindef's ne...
Two years ago, when celebrity radio deejay Glenn Ong revealed that he was dating fellow MediaCorp deejay Jean Danker after splitting fro...
It’s that time again just before the end of the year when we look back with regret. All the things we should’ve said. All the things we sh...
I first met Darryl David at Gurmit Singh's wedding dinner in 1995. David's date was a woman named Lynette Pang , who was a stag...
Lately, I've been noticing the recurring use of an unfamiliar word on social media. Aisey. Posted by SMRT Ltd (Feedback) on Wedne...
When I learnt that Vernetta Lopez ’s autobiography Memoirs Of A DJ: Life In Progress was published last week, I rushed to the nearest major...
It started with this Cyberpioneer Facebook post: What does Military Expert (ME) 1 Clarie Teo enjoy, when she is not busy keeping ship eng...
Last month, it was reported that Nike would stop supplying to smaller shops like those in Queensway Shopping Centre and Peninsula Plaza. ...