Interesting? Not classy? Gossipy? Lame?
For me, I thought it was quite unnecessary and lame. Small issues like the hogging of seats on MRT trains were blown up and magnified and news like these still continue to occupy the main page till today. However, after learning about media theories this week, I am better able to understand more about how the media works and the reason why the website exists.
“What we say is not as important as how we deliver it.” Looking at how others easily upload sneakily taken photos of Singaporeans and criticize them behind the computer or the smartphone, the rest may be inclined to do so too. But how many of this news uploaded actually matter to Singaporeans? In my opinion, news of people hogging the MRT seats are not exactly that significant. It is probably the convenience of being able to upload photos and the satisfaction that one can create news out of something so small that attracts these people to do it. Furthermore, after reading the news, people can leave anonymous comments to add on to the criticism in the article. I feel that it is the easy access of the Internet and the website that has changed how people live and experience how this society is like. After seeing all these news online, I am more cautious about sitting on reserved seats in the train. And even if I do, I will look out for any potential cameras that could put me on STOMP. This is the media determinism theory at work here, where the medium is more important than the message.
Also, messages on STOMP do not influence our attitudes directly, but instead are cultivated indirectly. For example, the piece of news of the Iphone cover in the shape of boobs was highly commented and liked on the site.
Most felt that it was no big deal, and others slammed the STOMPer for kicking a big fuss out of something insignificant. However, I feel that when people constantly visit the site and expose themselves to such news on STOMP, after a long while they start to become more critical and have more opinions of similar issues. This could be an effect of the Cultivation Theory, where the STOMP website creates a way of looking at our society and the world around us. Furthermore, when people come across people using such covers in real life, they would definitely form similar judgments of the person as they did with the STOMPer.
What do you feel about the STOMP website? Does it affect how you think and judge issues? Share it with me! ☺