STOMP Bonds and Teaches

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.

References:

Tan, Kenneth (2010) My Paper: 10 Reasons Why STOMP is No.1, Singapore, Singapore Press Holdings, pp. A19, 3 Dec.

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5 Responses to STOMP Bonds and Teaches

  1. joce2812 says:

    I agree with you. There are many ways STOMP serves the community, such as as a surveillance tool and a complaint outlet, but let’s not kid ourselves. Most of us love STOMP because it is a window through which we can see the many unglam and unsavoury sides of our fellow Singaporeans! We love the way how we can satisfy our voyeuristic side, laugh at others, be critical, and most of all just be glad that it’s not ourselves, all at just one website! How else would we ever know about the Republic polytechnic student who was expelled because she took half-naked photos with her handphone at a park with her boyfriend and conveniently lost it after that. Or about the girl who sat with her legs wide open with her thigh on her boyfriend’s on the MRT and was snapped by other commuters on the train? Or about the unsatisfied male make-up artist who is suing his doctor over his botched nose job? The stories never end on STOMP. STOMP is the perfect gathering place for those who love the little citizen-generated news which are just too unimportant to be on the main news, but just juicy enough to make our boring day at work. Another site which works almost like STOMP, just without all the proof of pictures and interviews, is FML (FuckMyLife). STOMP will never run out of fans because of its easy accessibility and gossip factor. And honestly, I think Singapore NEEDS STOMP. Or at lease, I do. How else would I ever survive at my office job?

  2. hongxiang says:

    I’m not exactly a big fan of STOMP. To me, it really is an inaccurate representation of our society as a whole. The promise of anonymity has encouraged people to post irresponsibly, resulting in many frivolous articles that really do not serve any purpose. We should not forget that one of the main roles of the media is to set agendas for the society, and if all we concern ourselves with is what clothes others are wearing, what does that say about our society?
    You’re right in saying that My Paper is biased towards STOMP. Afterall, page views is never an accurate way of measuring a website’s performance. It could be the same small segmented group of users who keep visiting the site. Especially since STOMP can be such an engaging carthartic outlet!

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