Keyboard thugs: The new generation ‘warriors’ ( A 17-yr-old students who criticized DPM Teo saga)

Keyboard thugs: The new generation 'warriors'

SINGAPORE – To some he is a hero, to others he is no more than an angry young man.

A 17-year-old student is now one of the biggest topics of debate in the local blogosphere following his response to Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Teo Chee Hean’s participation in the opening ceremony of the annual Pre-U Seminar on May 29.

The event was organised by Millennia Institute this year at Nanyang Technological University.

He extolled his words of wisdom, or lack thereof, about DPM Teo on the Internet in his blog, saying that the elder statesmen did little to answer the questions of students and did more to deflect questions back to the students.

DPM Teo, 57, had attempted to engage an audience who were roughly four decades his junior during the Pre-U Seminar on topics such as moral degeneration among Singaporeans, unemployment and potential economic recession.

More often than not he asked the students opinions for their opinions on their questions. Some answers and questions drew laughter and applause.

However, the student viewed the reactions to be similar to that of a ‘roasting’ session. Roasting is a spectacle of placing a guest centre-stage and insulting him to the applause and howls of an audience. It is a common feature on Saturday Night Live, but it is hard to juxtapose these two scenarios and conclude that they are similar.

The student’s piece was drenched with sarcasm and periodically interspaced with an all too familiar four-lettered word more commonly known to be used by sailors then those who are supposed to be the future leaders of Singapore.

Maybe the age gap caused a conflict of some sort. If he did, I am pretty sure that the students present could have highlighted it to him.

However, when a student does not have the grace to respect an elder person, perhaps it is time to acknowledge that there is a rot of somewhat in his upbringing instead of making him out to be a hero.

Another online community SG Hard Truths has also come out to criticise the youth’s uncouth behaviour, calling his behaviour cowardly for “hurling pot shots from a corner”.

It seems easy to criticise when you are shielded by a pseudonym and armed with a keyboard and computer. All you have to do is tap your thoughts out, hit send, and your masterpiece is available for all to see. No need to think, no repercussions, just spout what you want to say and you are safe.

That seems to be the attitude of a lot of today’s youth. Recently, there have been stories of teenagers dissing their parents online, hoping to be called a hero for hitting a parent , and now one about discolouring a minister with expletives online. And lest I forget, teachers too have been faulted for this.

Today it is easier to express an opinion or to share a grouse – all you have to do is shout it out on Facebook, Twitter or start a blog. But doing so without being held accountable for your actions may just give rise to a free-for-all; a royal rumble of sorts.

Are we ready for this generation of keyboard thugs?

The local media often receives flak for not highlighting or spinning government issues in a positive light. The truth is, every news piece we put up has to have evidence behind it. We do not rant or rave, we simply present the issue.

The biggest problem that I foresee is a generation who are more comfortable with hiding behind a screen instead of coming outright and laying their cards on the table. If the author was really so uncomfortable with what he had witnessed why had he not questioned DPM Teo in person?

Perhaps the DPM could have done more to answer the questions of the students who might have felt disappointed. But to hide behind a screen and insult somebody, I’m sorry that does not make one hero, since there is no sign of bravery in that action.
Abraham Rajadurai | Edvantage | Mon Jun 4 2012
Link : Keyboard thugs: The new generation ‘warriors’ 


A Note to Self. A Note Friends

THINK before you speak.
Especially if you can, then you must.
Stop and think, before you speak, scream, condemn, praise, untter.

So much noise in Singapore
Some good noise, but, so much blah.
Blah that is no longer rah rah or funny.
Blah that is polarised for the sake of polarity.

Where are your ideas from ?
Whose ideas do you follow ?
who do you run with, and what are you after?

Now that we have found our voice to scream, limbs to run,
It does not mean we shut our eyes and our ears,and our minds.

Think before you speak
If you can, then you must.

A campaign for rationality and criticality.

repost from rebecca ye


When they were given the hard truth, they complained you were arrogant, you do not listen.

Now that they were asked “what do you think?”, they complained you, not them, are paid to come out with solutions.

What hypocrisy.

It is especially appalling when a student show such disrespect to another person.

It is downright disgusting for those adults egging him on and singing him praises, just because the person the student is rubbishing is a member of the ruling party.

They have let their “opposing for the sake of opposing” mentality cloud their judgment that they are not able to differentiate what is right and what is wrong.

repost from Fabrications About The PAP


3 comments on “Keyboard thugs: The new generation ‘warriors’ ( A 17-yr-old students who criticized DPM Teo saga)

  1. It is so easy to condemn the young man. He is angry because of many reasons and of course some of us labelled him “family did not teach him well” because he used vulgarity. It is so easy to pass judgement because we ourselves do not use such uncouth languages. But if we look deeper and honestly ask ourselves how many times we have cursed others in so many circumstances silenetly,. We must be guilty in all counts.

    I have not personally encountered the DPM and therefore I would not comment on what he said to justify a quick-draw response from the young man. Based on what I have read, I would be equally upset if instead of getting a solution or an answer, it is thrown back at my face. I had personally faced this scene many times with my bosses ” please come back with a solution”. My response – I am here because I do not have a solution; if I have one, I would not be here asking you”.

    I can only guess the young man was in the same shoes as me. But I would refrain from curses. I would walk away knowing that the DPM has no answer and realised he is just as frail as me and as smart as anyone else. Because he is the DPM he has access to more information than I have and therefore knows a little more in some areas but not in every area. He is still human. And because he is human, we should respect him as a human recognising that he does not have all the answers.

  2. Rina Ng says:

    quote Yew Thwan “I would be equally upset if instead of getting a solution or an answer, it is thrown back at my face. “”

    This is something that i’ve noticed. We want to be spoonfed. It’s always easy to say “”i don’t know”” rather than “”i’ll go find the answer””.

    How often have we been complaining about not having our opinions heard? But when given a chance to air our views,we retorted by saying “”We pay you, u r supposed to have the solutions””

    Fine, perhaps u r young and may not know enuf, but instead of going on to find out and THINK about the answers, you threw vulgarities at someone who is old enuf to be your granddad, let alone that man is our Deputy Prime Minister. Is that appropriate behaviour?

    There is simply no excuse for being disrespectful, whether one is intelligent or young or ignorant or otherwise. And to make up excuses for being disrespectful is just making things worse. ‘

    Worst is the fact that many adults online actually sing praises for the youngster for daring to ”speak üp”, this really says so much of the state of our moral values here.

  3. J says:

    Absolutely, there is no need for rudeness nor disrespect in any discussion. What is going on lately? Do we need to employ expletives to think critically or air our thoughts? Do we believe that personal attacks will let us win the argument?

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