Straits Times journalist, Chew V’Ming, was nice to call me about it yesterday. Cool guy.
Judging from what James Seng and Emily Ng have spoken individually about, there might be a need for Singapore’s very own video sharing service. Such a localized service would benefit in two main ways:
- As a culturally-engaged platform centered around locally captured videos.
- To watch videos faster (i.e. Singaporean’s past-time involves buffering video).
Unlike the report, which is more of a promo for STOMP’s new DIY Video section, I’m actually happy finding Singapore videos on Youtube; there’s “no needle in the haystack” problem as the search works quite well. However, there are folks who don’t know that Singaporean video clips do exist on Youtube, simply because they wouldn’t think to search there (as inspired by DK’s comment).
As I’ve highlighted before, a potential problem arises on the issue of copyright and freedom of expression. I’ve explained why Singapore will never develop “YouTubes” or “Skypes”, and for the same reason, why it’s unique to the States. Despite restrictions imposed on our mainstream media (as reminded in this Today article), this latest effort by STOMP to be a centralized resource for locally produced videos should fill a social need. If anything, this would serve as a stepping stone to further a more democratic and participatory media form.
Please don’t read too much into the findings, except that indeed, for a small country like Singapore, we do put out a lot of user-generated content compared to our larger neighboring countries. This includes videos on Youtube and entries on Wikipedia as I’ve shown in my Nexus 2007 panel on “Crowdsourcing the Media“.