Journalisn's past and Penang's future

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At a time when journalism – as a social activity more than a salaried profession – is booming beyond measure in Malaysia, a fact proven by heightened contestations in the public domain and by government attempts to intimidate and harass all types of non-supporters, it is important that we pause and think about what journalism is, what role it plays in the modern world, and when and why it waxes or wanes in quality and in volume. In short, what is its future?

With the technological channels that have allowed for amateur journalists and photographers – and I use the word “amateur” with no hint of condescension – even globally established newspapers and magazines have been forced to fold.


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