A nation building tool that affects positive change for the greater good of the public. Yes, we are talking about STOMP. There have been various controversial reviews on the site of late following its recent success. Nevertheless, let’s look at two possible schools of thought that sum up the collage of views out there.
1) STOMP’s a platform for tattlers who have nothing better to do than take pleasure in the way others goof themselves.
2) STOMP’s a platform for constructive speech that helps iron out the rough edges in a society known to lag behind its economic exploits.
Like all sociological case studies, there can never be a ‘clear cut’ solution, or some might say, explanation to the intricacies of human behaviour. Every individual is unique. However, individuals can be united under a singular ‘unique’ cause and bind themselves under a common identity – something which we habitually refer to as a ‘community’. I’d say that in STOMP’s case, it is the ongoing participatory culture that ‘forges’ these bonds which have gone on to make the site what it is today.
There was a full page article today in My Paper (3 December 2010) – probably a biased written one given that it’s also a subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings – citing “10 Reasons Why Stomp is No.1”. Bias or not, the site did reach a record breaking 60.8 million page views in the month of November alone. That’s almost 12 times the current population residing on our tiny island. If you were to compare it with the rest of the local online portals then yes, STOMP is No.1.
I couldn’t help but smile when writer, Kenneth Tan, jotted down Reason No. 6 and 9.
Reason No. 6: “STOMP EFFECTS POSITIVE CHANGE – Through STOMP, readers can be sure that their concerns will be heard by the relevant agencies and businesses, as well as other Singaporeans.”
Reason No. 9: “LEARN AS YOU STOMP – STOMPers can browse through thousands of queries and answers, and submit their own questions, in educational features like English As It Is Broken and Ask Libby…”
Reason No. 6 sums up the positive side of user generated content on the site.
Reason No. 9, on the other hand, talks about a learning culture where exchanges with one another on the site can actually help boost one’s intellectual capacity.
It really depends how one takes a stand when it comes to scrutinising STOMP but no one can deny its voracity and influence as Singaporeans take on Web 2.0.
Tan, Kenneth (2010) My Paper: 10 Reasons Why STOMP is No.1, Singapore, Singapore Press Holdings, pp. A19, 3 Dec.