Your life, my entertainment: Dawn contributor

1/6/2022 8:42:00 AM

Your life, my entertainment: Dawn contributor

Copy to clipboard https://str.Copy to clipboard https://str.Speaking at the Asia Tech x Singapore (ATxSG) Summit Social, Mr Teo said global tech leaders and policy shapers need to grapple with how to strike a balance between seamless access and the need for stronger security and privacy; and consider if the digital world will become more integrated or divided.Copy to clipboard https://str.

sg/w2yF ISLAMABAD (DAWN/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - You can see it happen on reality shows.Participants who are living ordinary lives suddenly find that the world's voyeurism - curiosity about how other people live - can become a lucrative source of income, even riches.The room is packed with guests tucking into nasi goreng, kerupuk and ikan pepes.Initially, the couple or family just lives the life they had, as viewers watch them raise their 15 children, or live their lives as little people or participate in some elimination game where the worst fate is getting kicked out of some mansion or marrying someone sight unseen.If we decline to share our data or accept cookies, what alternatives do we realistically have, or will we be crowded out of the digital space?” The solution, he said, is to work with, and not against Big Tech.In one show that airs on the American network glibly titled The Learning Channel, an overweight woman documents her travails in trying to find a partner as she runs a dance club.One senior government official, caught up in the exuberance, mounts the stage while wearing a feathered Papuan headdress and belts out What a Wonderful World.Someone, I imagine, tells these people that this is just their 10 minutes in the world's allotment of 15 famous minutes."There's no electricity, no water - things are really tough, of course.

I can also imagine that a good number of these folks imagine that they will be different.When I first attended WEF in 2002, (then hosted in New York as a gesture of solidarity post-9/11), Indonesia's presence was meagre.” Related: PM Lee welcomes Canada’s application to join the Digital Economy Partnership Agreement GLOBAL CONSENSUS ON RULES AND NORMS To better facilitate stable, secure and consistent online interactions across societies, Mr Teo also called on countries to work towards global consensus on rules, norms and standards.They will always be random voyeurs interested in what they ate in a day or how they prepare chicken curry.But the end does come, and you can see which reality shows have content that is being suggested by the show's producers and would never have been a part of the reality show star's life had it not been for the piles of money the show has suddenly brought into their lives.Why would people be interested in a basket case? Meanwhile, marshalled by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, a phalanx of Malaysian businessmen and officials were taking the conference by storm.There are flashy vacations to Europe and stays in five-star hotels.“Companies would face a fragmented landscape across different markets, and consumers would face hurdles or end up with the inconvenience of paying higher prices as they look for integrated global services.There are new homes full of snazzy upmarket appliances and new cars, even as the stars have nothing in terms of a career or vocation.Ultimately, it is a matter of confidence in the country's leadership.One woman - who did not give her name - said few products were left after looting plagued the city.

In other episodes, long-forgotten exes and rejected friends show up.An attempt is made to create some engrossing conflict that will accomplish the ultimate goal of every such show: keep the audience hooked.And while Indonesia also struggled with Covid-19, its people believe that their government can deal with unexpected crises.” Even if major countries are unable to reach consensus, Mr Teo said small states have the agency to act.Eventually, even these ideas begin to run out; the fights that people on the show have are no longer the ordinary fights that viewers can identify with.Now, they are the problems of those who have hit sudden jackpots, whose income levels have gone far above those of their former friends and jealous relatives.This confidence will make all the difference in the coming months and years.This is the end for the show; the private lives that were being presented have been chewed up and spat out.“Just as we have building safety codes or traffic rules, we need to devise new ways to maintain the security and resilience of our systems,” he said.It is not known how many civilians remain.

Waiting in the shadows are other reality stars who think they will beat this cycle, who imagine they will be famous and hence rich forever.Amid the lavish dinners, Perrier Jouet champagne, corporate pavilions and Bond villain-style chalets, there is a sense that the era of neoliberal globalisation that has brought so much prosperity to South-East Asia is ending.Pakistan does not have the avalanche of reality shows that are proliferating in India and in the West.But while television networks have stayed out of the game, via the proliferation of platforms such as YouTube and TikTok, with the former actually paying content creators by views, it is easy to develop one's own reality show.The"Russia House" building in Davos is now occupied by Ukrainians and renamed the"Russian War Crimes House".Behold the arrival of the vloggers, people who document their days and doings on camera and then, thanks to some basic editing, setting to music etc, are able to produce an individual version of a reality show.Most of these vlogs are watched only by immediate circles of friends and family netting not more than a few hundred views at best.Covid-19 restrictions have been severe but more chilling still, is the depiction of China as an enemy to be isolated.

These vlogs are consistent for a while, the vlogger having heeded earnest advice about developing a following and staying consistent.Most times, however, these do not get the kind of viewership that would make the effort a lucrative venture."WE" have decided that globalisation must be halted.Some keep at it, throwing their words and experiences out into the world in the hope that someone will hear them, perhaps even benefit from them, or connect with them.The real test is only set before those whose vlogs take off.In its place comes"resilience","friend-shoring", and"values-driven trade".Most of those who see this happen are already semi-famous or 'fame-adjacent', meaning that they are related to someone who already has a large audience and is pushing their vlog.

Here again, you see the same life cycle of the reality show star."WE" are democracies, and"THEY" are autocracies.At first, there is endearing glee; the vlog takes off and the thousands of views each pay US$0.18 (S$0.More startling is the transformation of Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, from peaceable (and second-rate) German bureaucrat to a veritable Valkyrie, striding on stage to rally the troops with promises of glory.24).Given the exchange rate between the dollar and the rupee, it means that a pretty penny can be made, especially if the vlog is a daily offering.Remember World War I and World War II? The Napoleonic Wars? Sadly the"WE" aren't too interested in what"we", i.

At this point, the vlogs feature the details of their lives.Having foregone privacy, we are taken inside bedrooms, inside closets and cupboards, inside relationships between mothers-in-law and daughters-in-law, inside fights with friends, onto restaurant tables, and so on.the REST, think or want.The best at it are those who simply do not seem to mind that they have exchanged privacy for money.Since there has not been a monetary value put on privacy, it feels like easy money.They have tried some outreach; witness the paper-thin Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF).What they do not seem to realise is that at some point during this pursuit, the stars of these self-produced show go from documenting their lives to choreographing their lives for the sake of a vlog.

When recording yourself is your source of income, then it is hard not to make decisions with successful vlogging in mind, what looks good on camera or what viewers engage with the most.More On This Topic China looms as the elephant in the Davos room All sane people want the invasion of Ukraine ended, with its independence, territorial integrity, and democracy intact.Suddenly, the terms of living life transform from being judged by their inherent value or enjoyment to whether they are good material.Then there is the constant fear of losing the viewers and the views that have been acquired thus far, a fear so real that viewers begin to control rather than only consume the content presented to them.How can it be a"World" Economic Forum when the concerns of Asia, which will contribute 60 per cent of global growth by 2030, are disregarded? The West may in fact be preparing to decouple.It may seem surprising in this day and age where everyone is an influencer that these self-made stars suffer from burnout from constantly producing likeable and viewable content.Some experience such psychological fallout that they have to quit altogether.Instead, America must make its own.

Others have to cut down or take breaks or simply lose viewers.It is a terrible outcome but one that proves that monetising something that was not initially allotted a monetary value can have consequences.But what ought to be clear is that even America may not be a reliable customer or trade partner for Asia, as regional, rather than global supply chains become the norm thanks to industrial polices in Europe and the US aimed at securing control of vital technologies.The private life of individuals can seem like easy money when the truth is that there is no such thing as free money.The writer is an attorney teaching constitutional law and political philosophy.And here, confidence, good leadership, and efficacy will make all the difference.Dawn is a member of The Straits Times media partner Asia News Network, an alliance of 23 news media organisations.

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