Wednesday, March 19, 2008
SMS-es to Boycott Newspapers
I think many of us would have gotten this message to boycott newspapers, either via emails or the internet. In fact, I have received several of these messages but I chose not to forward any of them. Not because I was for or against the boycott but one, it costs money to resend sms-es and it takes effort (to click forward and select from the Address list to choose which of my friends that I want to send to) haha. On Monday evening, a friend reminded me not to buy any more papers, at least for the week....sigh.
You see, every morning, I will pass by this old Indian uncle by the highway who sells newspapers. I reckon that to earn a living, he is obviously risking life and limbs by standing there to earn a couple of sens for each copy of newspaper he sells. Now, if everyone were to boycott newspapers, who do you think will be impacted immediately? The media people itself? Maybe in the long run, the long long run. But people like uncle will be the first to feel the loss. The loss of what little returns he will be making each day to feed his family. Anyway, I didn't heed the sms-es, the emails or the advice of my dear friend. I still stopped the car yesterday morning on my way to work to get my daily newspaper, even if only to read the advertisements and wrap dog poop with it after I am done.
I chanced upon a post yesterday in the internet which read " Did you get that sms to boycott papers - c'mon, what we need is MORE newspapers!". This piece of article was taken off the "Malaysian Insider". It is quite an interesting read actually. Have a read if you have the time and it might add a different perspective to things. Anyways, I got home last night and having had a quick and simple dinner, I was itching to play "baking". So, I got out all my flour and stuff and decided to make a pandan flavored marble cake. If you are interested in the recipe, you are more than welcome to pop into Recipes from a Cook Wannabe.
As I got up this morning and was putting in slices of this marble cake into a plastic container meant for the test bunnies in the office, I thought to myself. What if just this once, the test bunnies were given a rest from having to test the cake? Then I could give the lot to uncle who sells newspaper by the highway. He might not realize he is a test bunny, but I am sure he won't suffer any consequence from eating the cake (see deric of dcyk is still alive and kicking today after ingesting several of my previous cakes heehee). And more importantly, it might serve as a little surprise for uncle's family when he comes home with his merger takings for the day with a little cake :). I wonder, could this be classified under one of them "Random Act of Kindness" thingy??