Friday, November 10, 2006

Forgotten Blogo-Generation

Blog Survey

Victor, aged 50 and I, aged 54 are officially part of the forgotten blogo-generation. No wonder the Zaaboa article referred to us a Ah Gong (阿公).

In the newspapers today, you can read of a survey by the Media Development Authority about blogging in Singapore. The survey found that 49% of those aged between 20 and 24 years, and 18% of those aged 39 to 49 years blog.

The survey was carried out on a sample of 1,000 Singaporeans aged 15 to 49 years. But what about those above 50? MDA probably thinks that people of that dinosaur group do not even know what is a blog, so what is the point of asking them.

12 comments:

zen said...

MDA thinks that those literate people above 50 are not worthy of being included in a blogging survey is wrong. There are many retired or retrenched Singaporeans both from the public and the private sectors (including the self-employed) above 50 years, educated and computer savvy. With some interest and a little training, all of them can become bloggers. In fact government authorities should now pay more attention to this segment of the aging population which is growing by the day.

pinto said...

Tsk... tsk... MDA. Well, we know there are bloggers 50 and above. The readers of yesterday.sg know too. After your blogging course, there'll hopefully be more 50+ citizens blogging!

FH2o said...

They're being very naive, presumptous and narrow-minded.

Keep on blogging irregardless of whatever survey!

Lam Chun See said...

Cool down unker .. my comments were 'tongue in cheek'. Sporeans, readers of Straits Times especially, know what I mean

Chris said...

Bloggers of the world 50 and above unite! Juz how ignorant can MDA get? How could this be? Computer was already quite common when I was in my 20s during the 1980s. My eldest boy is now 14. But I'm more savvy then he is when it comes to computer. He does not blog; but I do. The survey juz does not add up. Oopss... sorry... I forgot I'm 8 years say of being 50 :P

But Chun See, you go show MDA what people of 50 and above are made of. Train as many "Young-at-hearts" in your up-coming talk about the joy of blogging as possible! Thanks for your community service Chun See. You'll blessed!

Alan Heah said...

Hello everyone,

I am a new reader of this blog,
and can be considered still a child,
compared to Mr Lam's esteemed generation.

I have sent a personal email to MDA,
using their website email address,
pointing them to this post.

Hope this helps.
I'm just an ordinary chap
who loves the yesterdays
I read about here.

Lam Chun See said...

Welcome Alan. Aiyoh, you shouldn't have. It's a small matter.

Victor said...

Chun See, thanks for reminding me time and again that I have crossed the 50 mark and have joined your age group. But frankly, I personally don't mind that they left people of our age group out of the survey - you forgot that I am publicity shy.

Lam Chun See said...

victor, it was a survey not a newspaper interview. Hence publicity not the issue. I was just wondering how they arrived at the 15 years and 49 years limit. I know many teenagers below 15 have blogs.

zen said...

Yeah, some of us claim to be camera-shy or shunting publicity, but inside it our ego is calling for attention and yearned to be photographed, only after much grooming.

peter said...

The day our minister in charge of sports did not stand-up for our Malaysia Cup heroes - this Aussie Lebanese attacking midfielder fella (Abar???)- I lost interest in watching Singapore football. That was the year we left the Malaysia Cup.

zen said...

It is my view that the Japanese are a people who really respect the elderly. One day I saw a group of young Japanese receiving an elderly man at the airport. The whole lot of them listened very attentively to him, heads slightly bowed, as though a commanding officer was speaking to them, probably repeating the word 'hei (yes)' most of the time. We Singaporeans would probably liken this type of behavior as 'poppycock'or pretensious. We need not be like the Japanese, but to be gracious nation is something that we should aspire for.