WEEK 11 (1 December 2011) – New Media and Hudud: A revolution

Media has evolved tremendously throughout this decade, from traditional media to new media. New media are spreading day by day. From the traditional newspapers and now we can read the news from a click of the mouse. But everything in this world will have positive and negative impact on the society.

Most technologies described as “new media” are digital, often having characteristics of being manipulated, networkable, dense, compressible, and interactive. For example, Internet, websites, computer multimedia, computer games, CD-ROMS, and DVDs. New media does not include television programs, feature films, magazines, books, or paper-based publications – unless they contain technologies that enable digital interactivity.

A combination of political regulatory change and the arrival of new media organizations and products have introduced considerable competition into the broadcast environment. It is this competition which appears to be the immediate cause of organizational and technological change (Ursell, 2011)

How can we relate the new media revolution and the implementation of hudud in Malaysia? In one of the article in the Star Online titled, ‘Dr Chandra: Parties that subscribe to hudud should not be empowered’, Dr Chandra said that most countries that have adopted hudud law had failed in protecting their people or their rights. Furthermore in the article he also said that non-Muslims would also suffer should PAS implement hudud laws. Dr Chandra Muzaffar is the president of the International Movement for Just World. He also seeks to critique global injustice and to develop an alternative vision of a just and compassionate civilization guided by universal spiritual and moral values. From the extract of the article above we can also read about the full news in the newspaper, but somehow in the online news the publisher tend to shorten the news in order to attract people to buy the particular newspaper. If we Google the key words, ‘Implementation of hudud in Malaysia” we can definitely get thousands of articles, blogs and news reporting about this topic of discussion. The major questions will be which of this information or reported article is accurate? Reliable? And can be consider as facts?

When I was searching about the new media in the internet, I found a webpage that describe clearly about the basic principles about the new media and these are the major point of what should a new media consist of:-
1. CONNECT people with information and services
2. COLLABORATE with other people—including those within your organization or community
3. CREATE new content, services communities, and channels of communication that help you deliver information and services.

(Extract from http://aids.gov/using-new-media/basics/what-is-new-media/)

But somehow, when people write, they just take things for granted and they will add more emotion in their piece of writing. Same goes with the issue of implementation of hudud in Malaysia. We can find in any parts of the internet or other sources that people are trying to manipulate the obvious.


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