Sunday, April 15, 2012

FB is For Bragging?

Actually I am really hoping that I have not been bragging  - or seems to be bragging, over the past few weeks at the popular social network. 

It was not my intention.


I have always thought, ever since I joined the social network at some friends' behest slightly more than a year ago,  that FB stands for "For Bragging". For that's the major things I can see that FB is good for, beyond hooking up with some old friends which you might not be able to hook up sans the FB.

I can certainly vouch for the effectiveness of connecting old friends on FB.

Although for some, it might be old flames.

And for many others, new flames.

Sorry, I digress.

Those are minor and moot points, to be honest.

As I have mentioned earlier, Facebook - first and foremost - is designed for bragging.

If you were heading to London or Paris, yes, please, do not forget to upload pictures of you near London Bridge or Buckingham Palace or Eiffel Tower. Yes, every single minute of you activities, and at least over a hundred pictures daily. 

Just to make sure that your friends would have seen you, and knew that you can afford to take expensive holidays.

Oh and please don't forget to TAG them, especially when they are not even in the picture. That way you can be assured that they would see your pictures.

Many times over as their friends would also be seeing it.

I have been guilty of this exact crime, of course, even if I did not tag anyone who weren't there.

If somehow they failed to see it during the initial posting, then after a few days, you should 'like' your own pictures ( or add commentary), and they will be the in the news feed again for all and sundry to see.

I have always wondered about this practice though. Why must you physically like your own pictures? If you did not like them in the first place I am sure one would not post them online or for that matter anywhere else. So I guess that action would be redundant.

The same goes with You Tube posting.

If you are not planning to go overseas, that's ok too. Just dig your photo album of your vacation from a decade ago. POst them online and let everybody thinks that those were a recent trip.

And please, can you buy a better camera if you wish to upload pictures? Or at least, please be considerate when uploading. Blurred pictures, similar (redundant) pictures, too dark a picture - they have no place on the internet. Pictures are a lifetime memory, so one should spend a bit to ensure that they would last.

Another good ways to brag is to advertise your children's achievements. This I have been guilty of many times over.

To be honest, at times I am just plain tired to listen (or read, rather) to parents bragging about their children's 5As in UPSR, 9As in PMR or 10As in SPM. More importantly some of us would tell the world how his son or daughter obtained MARA/JPA scholarship to study medicine in some obscure university locally.

Phuyo, study medic at a non-descript local college? Under scholarship, some more! Unless it for doing medicine at Stanford or Monash, I would understand it, but at College ABC?

Yes, I can understand if you want to advertise their strings of A's, but to tell the world that, after all these years of subsidy, one would still need help to educate one's children.

Seriously, if the parents had one time received MARA or JPA scholarships to study especially overseas in the 80s, you do not deserve another scholarship for your children. Instead, one should be sponsoring one's children and pay for their uni education!

Under FAMA!

To be honest, they should be sponsoring another student for his/her tertiary education - as a payback.

Let scholarship be for families who could not pay for their children - provided their children have meet the requirement of course. I am sure those people still wanting and wishing scholarships for the children have maximised their ASB account, and are driving strings of expensive, if not exotic, cars.

Seriously leave the scholarship to the poor and needy and nothing at all to the middle class.

They don't need it, and they don't deserve it.

Having said that, I have always believe that education should be free. Education should not be a business that the government should be making profit from. Educating the rakyats should be the responsibility of the government of the day. In the 70s and 80s, it was just that. The government then realized that the rakyats are the assets, and nothing was spared to give them education to the highest level.


In fact, most of us were paid to study.

That was the government then. After all, educated people are assets of the country.

Along the way in the late 80s and into the 90s, with the advocacy of privatization, someone realised that they can make money from education and private colleges mushroomed to cater for this need. PTPTN was born to ensure that funding for these private colleges would continue.

So the gravy trains continue for someone to make their millions, making education a commodity at the rakyat's expense!

I think many have made the millions since then.

At the expense of our children.

Pity all of us.


I have been guilty of many of the above sins, so if you think that I am writing about you, you are wrong. :))

Please do not get me wrong. I think FaceBook is a wonderful idea. It is one of the best ways to keep in touch with friends and relatives without having to personally call or visit them. They will be in the news feed or one can just lurk around to know their status.

I do not think in the end that it would stop us to do the physical visits.

And this is a general article, and not meant for anyone in particular. I have enjoyed many of my friends' trip overseas. The pictures are beautifully taken and it is certainly worth my time to look at them,

But far too many are taken by the instamatic camera and I though these poorly taken pictures normally would ruin such a great or happy occasion.

I have enjoyed many informative news feed, the occasional reminders, the occasional musics and personal updates from many friends.

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