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
I think I killed my father. Since today is Father's Day, I figure this is a good time to mention this. About 16 years ago, my father w...
Two years ago, when celebrity radio deejay Glenn Ong revealed that he was dating fellow MediaCorp deejay Jean Danker after splitting fro...
In the 1995 book Revenge Of The Sarong Party Girl , sequel to The Official Guide To The Sarong Party Girl, I was listed as No 4 among “Loc...
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’s like 1996 all over again. Only instead of the Macarena , we’re dancing Gangnam Style . Instead of watching the White House get bl...
Lately, I've been noticing the recurring use of an unfamiliar word on social media. Aisey. Posted by SMRT Ltd (Feedback) on Wedne...
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...
I suppose you’ve heard the big Joanne Peh news by now. I, too, was caught by surprise like everyone else although in retrospect, I should’...
Dear producers of Code Of Law , My condolences on your new Channel 5 drama series. As a former TV producer for Channel 5 myself, I sympath...
Last month, my wife posed for pictures with a topless male model at the entrance of Abercrombie & Fitch on Orchard Road. Because he pu...