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What is a news hound to do when everybody can be a (watch) dog?
September 29, 2016 1:00 am

What is a news hound to do when everybody can be a (watch) dog?

When I was asked to talk to members of the Radio and TV Reporters Association recently, the suggested topic was something along these lines: Now that everybody can be a reporter, how should professional journalists adapt to survive?

Is Facebook a tech or a media firm? It’s more than an academic...
September 22, 2016 1:00 am

Is Facebook a tech or a media firm? It’s more than an academic...

So, is Facebook a tech company or a media company? And does it really matter?

Political parties set for ‘reset back to zero’?
September 15, 2016 1:00 am

Political parties set for ‘reset back to zero’?

You don’t have to believe them, but polls conducted last week suggested that 86.3 per cent of Thais think politicians are chiefly responsible for the country’s long-drawn-out societal divisions, followed by 10.9 per cent who blamed the media.

PM’s next move: From military trap into political quagmire
September 8, 2016 1:00 am

PM’s next move: From military trap into political quagmire

Whether you realise it or not, Thailand is full of traps of different sizes, colours and ferocity. You can’t be too careful. It’s a minefield of political, economic and social traps - perhaps not exactly akin to booby traps you find in the...

New political chapter promises more shadowy manipulation
September 1, 2016 1:00 am

New political chapter promises more shadowy manipulation

Consider the following news tidbits and determine for yourself whether they are related one way or the other - and how they contribute to the so-called political “Road Map to Democracy”:

Is he that mysterious ‘outsider’? No clear Yes, but not a flat No
August 25, 2016 1:00 am

Is he that mysterious ‘outsider’? No clear Yes, but not a flat No

Nobody is quite sure how and where he stumbled upon the political crystal ball. But Paiboon Nittitawan, the outspoken pro-establishment activist, is already predicting the outcome of the next general election.

How to create a ‘start-up nation’: Yiddish chutzpah versus Thai...
August 18, 2016 1:00 am

How to create a ‘start-up nation’: Yiddish chutzpah versus Thai...

Can Thailand can learn anything from Israel in terms of getting really serious about launching business startups? A lot, it seems. But the biggest key is probably neither government policies nor financial subsidies from the private and public...

Lesson from referendum: We’re nowhere near reconciliation
August 11, 2016 1:00 am

Lesson from referendum: We’re nowhere near reconciliation

The outcome of the August 7 referendum was not much of a surprise although it did send a few important messages that, if well taken, could pave the way to getting closer to solutions to some of the country’s deep-rooted, drawn-out problems.

Frustration, sarcasm and exceptionalism
August 4, 2016 1:00 am

Frustration, sarcasm and exceptionalism

This Sunday, about 50 million Thais will be eligible to cast their ballots once again, this time to decide whether they endorse the constitution draft or not. It seems rather simple on the ballot. But things are much more complicated than that.

August 7 referendum: Will we muddle through yet again?
July 28, 2016 1:00 am

August 7 referendum: Will we muddle through yet again?

With about one week before the Big Referendum on August 7 to decide whether the constitution draft will be approved, most Thais may still be undecided on how to vote.