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  • Tigeriban 7:25 am on February 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Stop Timber Corruption and Freeze Taib Assest Now 


    Stop Sarawak Timber Corruption – Freeze Taib assets now!

    For 30 years, Abdul Taib Mahmud has been Chief Minister of the Malaysian state of Sarawak. Taib has abused his power in a spectacular way and has transferred the massive proceeds of corruption and illegal logging overseas. He and his family members own numerous companies in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the UK, the US and other countries.

    Help us to build up international political pressure against the corrupt Taib family and sign the online petition!

    Your e-mail will be sent to the authorities in Australia, the British Virgin Islands, Canada, Hong Kong, Jersey, Malaysia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America as well as to the Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering.

    Sign our petition now

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  • Tigeriban 11:37 am on February 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Taib will dissolve Sarawak assembly this week, say sources 


    Taken from Malaysian Insider

    Feb 14 — Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud will meet with the Sarawak Governor this Friday to seek his consent to dissolve the state assembly, sources say.

    A source at Astana Sarawak told The Malaysian Insider the chief minister’s office had called last week to fix a February 18 appointment with Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng for that purpose.

    Another source in the state government said district officers have been asked to freeze leave for their staff as of February 19, when the dissolution is expected to be announced.

    A February dissolution would lend weight to speculation that Taib will call for state elections in March or April, ahead of the expiry of the state assembly’s term in July.

    The Election Commission (EC) is required to hold elections within 60 days of the assembly’s dissolution.

    The Malaysian Insider reported yesterday that the Barisan Nasional (BN) has decided not to hold a general election simultaneously with Sarawak as Datuk Seri Najib Razak wants to finish touring the country first.

    The prime minister is said to be delaying earlier plans to seek a fresh mandate in the first half of 2011 to allow big-ticket economic projects to gain traction.

    Najib said last week that Sarawak BN will hold a convention on March 6, raising the prospect of early state elections.

    Also, Taib is due to celebrate his 30th anniversary in power on March 26 and an election victory will cap his career as the state’s longest-serving chief minister.

    Umno officials and BN lawmakers told The Malaysian Insider in January that Najib favoured holding elections only after projects like the construction of the city’s mass rapid transit (MRT) and Sungei Besi development kick off.

    Taib, who leads Sarawak BN and also its largest party, Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu Sarawak (PBB), has kept political observers guessing when state elections will take place.

    The 74-year-old veteran intimated last year that he had received inspiration on when to call the election during his pilgrimage to Mecca, but stop short of revealing the date.

    “I have the inspiration but I won’t tell you (the date),” he told reporters in November.

    Taib, who has served as Sarawak chief minister for the past 29 years, is said to be under pressure from BN partners to step down due to his waning popularity amid abuse-of-power allegations.

    The DAP’s victory in Sibu last year on the back of a major vote swing — which some saw as a referendum on Taib — has given BN cause for concern in a state long seen as a “fixed deposit” by the ruling coalition.

    The Sarawak BN holds 63 seats in the 71-seat assembly, with 35 held by PBB, 12 by the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), and eight each by Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and the Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP).

    Of the remaining eight seats, DAP has six and PKR one, while the last is held by an independent.

    The EC has announced its readiness to hold the Sarawak polls at any time, with its chairman stating that the commission had “long made preparations” for any eventual dissolution of the assembly.

    The BN is expected to keep the state with a comfortable majority although there is concern that the DAP might be able to secure more seats in the urban areas.

    A senior DAP leader told The Malaysian Insider that it has heard of a possible dissolution of the state assembly this weekend and has made preparations for snap polls.

    “We are as ready as we can be for the state polls,” said the DAP leader, who declined to be named.

     
  • Tigeriban 11:21 am on February 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Bian no match for Sng’s money, connections 


    KUCHING: Should Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian and company continue to place their trust in the party now that money-bags Sng Chee Hua has “openly” moved into the game?

    It’s a question that is being bandied about here and in Sarawak ever since Sng’s “secretive” breakfast meeting with PKR defactor chief Anwar Ibrahim last weekend.

    For one thing, Bian was not invited to Sng’s pre-arranged breakfast chat lending credence to a commonly-held view that Kuala Lumpur has no respect for Bian and his role.

    What was so secretive about the discussion between Anwar and Sng that they couldn’t have Bian sitting in?

    Rumour has it that it was all money talk. Speculations are rife that Anwar is busy “sourcing” for money in Sabah and Sarawak to secure Azmin Ali’s leadership and the party’s depleted coffers.

    Sng is within Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s circle. His son Larry Sng, 32, holds two Assistant Minister portfolios in Taib’s Cabinet.

    Taib is said to have a soft spot for Larry who, despite being a partyless Pelagus assemblyman, has had Taib’s indirect blessings to contest in the coming state polls.

    But Taib has also said that he will not take in independents, who won seats in the polls, into BN. This leaves ample room for father Sng to negotiate a package befitting his son and Anwar.(Incidentally, Larry’s father-in-law is prominent Sarawak businessman and also Taib ally, Ting Phek Khing.)

    Sng is already reported to be “deciding on and financing” PKR’s 15 candidates in Sarawak subject to certain “terms and conditions”’
    Whatever are the terms, it is expected to work well for both Taib and Anwar. Likewise, in Sabah it is said that it is all part of a “strategy” which saw Chief Minister Musa Aman recently “receive” with open arms former state PKR leader Pajudin Nordin, who is with Ansari Abdullah, who in turn is Azmin’s pointman in Sabah. Pajudin’s move to Umno was sudden.

    Clear threat

    Bian unfortunately is not among Sng’s “must haves”.

    In fact, in Sarawak PKR, Sng and his money is a clear threat to Bian’s influence among the Dayak and Chinese members.

    “We are worried. With Sng there is now a change in status quo between Bian and Anwar. He won’t be able to fight Sng’s money and his association with Anwar and Taib.

    “Bian and his supporters don’t have the muscle to take on both Sng and Taib,” a source said, adding that Bian was also having problems within the rank and file in the party.

    According to another insider, Bian was not PKR central leadership”s first choice.

    “He was the third choice… there isn’t a big pool of capable Dayak leaders in Sarawak.

    “And when KL decided on him… the Muslims were angry.

    “Within Sarawak PKR itself, there are three factions… one led by Sng, the other by Muslim members, and now he has to contend with a re-emerging SNAP (Sarawak Nasional Party),” said the insider.

    Not accepted

    Sarawak PKR Youth chief Ahmad Nazib Johari, when contacted about the factions, said that he too was aware of the rumours

    He admitted to an “initial discomfort” with Bian’s appointment.

    “Yes, there were issues when Bian was appointed… I believe there are still some who are not comfortable.

    “But we’ve generally accepted the top level leadership’s decision and are looking at the bigger picture.

    “I don’t think it is a problem anymore… as our enemy is the Barisan Nasional and as a party, we are focused on bringing them down,” Ahmad Nazib told FMT in Kuching.

    Another Muslim PKR member, however, had a terse response when asked about Bian:

    “Bian is not a leader… he is a bigot who should not be leading the party.”

    Meanwhile, Bian is struggling with the threat posed by the re-emergence of SNAP and its willingness to be inclusive.
    Further damaging to Bian is “iconic” Dayak, Daniel Tajem’s unequivocal support for SNAP.

    Respected voice

    Tajem, who was among the key people who set up the now defunct Parti Bangsa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS), was once described by Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) chief Yong Teck Lee as “the icon of Dayak politics”.

    In fact, at PKR’s fifth national assembly 2008 in Selangor, Anwar liked Tajem to the “star” in Dayak politics.

    Tajem, a diplomat, is a much respected voice among the Dayaks and his call in recent weeks for Dayaks to return to SNAP, which gave Sarawak its first chief minister in Stephen Kalong Ningkan, is troubling for Bian and the state PKR.

    Tajem has his own diehard fans within Sarawak’s PKR and many are in two minds about staying on in the party.

    Said a SNAP insider: “SNAP is crystalising its strength and rapidly gaining support… it’s tapping Dayaks across the country.”
    “Bian should join SNAP. Now is the time for him to realise his worth… SNAP is prepared to field him as a candidate.

    “Our doors are open to him but Bian must decide. What is important now is straight fights with BN in all the constituencies,” the insider said.
    While admitting to Bian’s strength on native customary rights (NCR) land issue, the insider said “land issue alone is now insufficient”.

    “The folk in Lun Bawang like him and he’s known for his work with land cases… but that’s it. It’s not enough in a bigger political fight to administer Sarawak.

    “This is the big opportunity… the opposition must offer workable alternatives to poverty and practical infrasructural development,” said the insider, referring to the majority of Sarawak’s over 60% Dayak community who are still trapped in poverty despite the state being rich in natural resources.

    Taken from Free Malaysia Today

     
  • Tigeriban 6:15 pm on February 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Valentine’s Day is not Christian, says church group 


    KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 11 — Christian groups in Malaysia refuted today accusations by Muslim authorities that Valentine’s Day is a Christian event.

    “Valentine’s Day is a secular observance, and it is not celebrated religiously by churches in Malaysia, or, in other parts of the world,” said Council of Churches Malaysia general secretary Rev Dr Hermen Shastri in a statement.

    “Although the word ‘Valentine’ draws some connection to St. Valentine, the Church’s authorities have not endorsed the connection, be it Roman Catholic or Protestant,” he added.

    The Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) said yesterday it will launch an anti-Valentine’s Day campaign, quoting a fatwa issued by the National Fatwa Council in 2005 which called it an immoral Christian celebration.

    Valentine’s Day is a global annual celebration of love on February 14 that is rooted in St Valentine, an early Christian martyr who was likely associated with romance only in the 14th century, according to historical records.

    A Muslim preacher called Siti Nor Bahyah Mahamood has also linked Christianity with vices in a sermon on the festival.

    Siti had said in a television programme aired on TV9 more than a year ago, that “vices, going to discos and to be in remote place with a partner as Christian tradition.”

    She also called Valentine’s Day a Christian festival, claiming it started as a celebration to commemorate the fall of the Islamic administration in Spain.

    The recording of the show has since been uploaded on video-sharing site YouTube and viewed by close to 100,000 visitors.

    Shastri urged the religious authorities today to refute the allegation that Christianity promoted sexual promiscuity through Valentine’s Day.

    “To suggest that Valentine’s Day is observed by Christians, in the said Fatwa is unfair and misleading,” said Shastri.

    “They have erred in their inference, and therefore has hurt the religious feelings of Christians in the country,” he added.

    The Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) also disputed links of the popular romantic celebration to Christianity.

    “We strongly urge that better research be done and no mistake be made of linking the Christian faith to Valentine’s Day, which is celebrated publicly in many countries today and not just in the West,” said CFM chairman Bishop Ng Moon Hing in a statement today.

    “The Catholic Church has removed the memorial of his (St Valentine) feast since the promulgation of the new Roman liturgical calendar in the year 1969, although his name remains on the list of saints and martyrs,” he added.

    Ng further lambasted Siti and PAS Youth for associating Christianity with vices through Valentine’s Day.

    “Statements which have a tendency to promote feelings of ill-will and hostility against any particular religious community cannot and should not be tolerated,” said Ng.

    Both the city Islamic Department (Jawi) and the Selangor Islamic Department (Jais) have also banned Muslims from celebrating the festival next Monday.

    Jais pointed out today that there were 257,411 births out of wedlock between 2000 and 2008, and blamed Valentine’s Day celebration as one of the causes.

    PAS Youth has similarly opposed Valentine’s Day, claiming that it was steeped in immorality.

    The Islamist party said it would distribute educational flyers on Valentine’s Day at several locations it had identified as hotbeds of immoral activities.

    The PAS Youth campaign was announced after it came under fire for reportedly planning a crackdown on Muslims celebrating the February 14 event.

    Taken from Malaysian Insider

     
  • Tigeriban 7:21 pm on February 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Sibu Hospital: A sad story of Sarawak 


    Letter by Mimi

    This is a sad story of Sarawak and the Sarawakians.

    What went wrong in Sarawak?

    From the photos taken at the Medical Ward at the Sibu in Hospital, no one would believe Sarawak is one of the largest contributors to the Federal fund.

    End of Dec 2010, I spent some time caring for a relative who was admitted at the Sibu Hospital. From the outside, this hospital looks like a 3 star resort. However, inside the hospital, the story is totally different.

    This is 2011. How come there is no air conditioning in the Medical ward (I didn’t have the time to check out the other wards)? During the day, the ceiling fans are merely swirling warm, muggy air in the ward. It’s so hot & balmy that the patients leave their tops unbuttoned (yes, even the female patients).

    Some patients brought their own table fans but were still too hot and did not wear their hospital blouse. In the afternoons when the heat is most unrelenting, the patients sweat and wet their pillow cases and bedsheets, especially those who are unconscious or unable to turn on their own.

    Judging from the time I spent at this hospital, at least 80 per cent of the patients are natives from the interiors of Sarawak. Many of these patients are illiterate. They don’t know the definition of “standard of living”. Whatever the condition of the hospital, they quietly accept it. Do they have a choice?

    At night, practically all the native carers sleep on the floor. If they had come from the interior via public transport, they wouldn’t have brought with them their own cumbersome lounge chair (if they could afford it in the first place). The ward has plenty of unusable lounge chairs dumped in the store room. We were lucky we could afford to buy a decent lounge chair.

    The restroom inside this Medical ward is wet and stinks of urine 24 hrs a day. There’s no toilet paper or soap. The soap dispensers are devoid of liquid soap. It’s ironic that there are posters above the soap dispensers reminding people to wash their hands but there’s no soap provided.

    The restroom outside (opposite the lifts) has no toilet paper either and it also stinks of urine. By the way, there are only 2 toilet cubicles in both the Men’s and Ladies’ Restroom. The ladies toilet near the lifts are dimly lit. The only light is above the mirror. The blown light bulb remains unchanged (it is now Feb, maybe the bulb has been changed).

    The corridor outside the Medical ward is very wide but not a single chair was in sight. It was a sorrowful sight to see such the relatives of the patients huddle together on the floor. They probably came from too far interior to go home and they were taking turns to care for the patient. There is restricted number of visitors allowed to care for each patient by their bedside.

    Is Sarawak so short of funds that it is not possible to make the Sibu Hospital (and other district hospitals in the state) more hospitable?

    I suspect the state of the hospital has been left status quo for many years because majority of the patients who come here are really poor and not knowledgeable or even illiterate, hence, they don’t complain.

    Yet, when it comes to garnering for votes, our PM Najib Razak so blatently dangled RM5 million in front of the noses of the people of Sibu.

    I had sent these pictures to the Star and the New Straits Times however, neither of them were interested in the story.

    Perhaps Mr. Wong can look into this. We must really improve the Sibu Hospital and other government hospitals in the state. We contribute so much in petroleum revenue. Why should our hospitals be in such a sorry state?

    Thank you.

    Apa Pun Boleh

    To see more picture about Sibu Hospital, click this link Lim Kit Siang Blog

     
  • Tigeriban 6:28 pm on February 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Thai Airline recruits ladyboy flight attendants 


    BANGKOK Feb 10 — A new Thai airline is hiring transsexual ladyboys as flight attendants aiming at a unique identity to set itself apart from competitors as it sets out for the skies.

    Known as “katoeys” or “ladyboys ” transgenders and transsexuals have greater visibility in Thailand than in many other nations holding mainstream jobs in a variety of fields. They are especially common in cosmetics shops or health stores which almost always have a ladyboy shop assistant.

    PC Air a charter airline set to start operations on Asian routes in April originally planned only to hire male and female flight attendants. But it changed its mind after receiving more than 100 job applications from transvestites and transsexuals.

    Four were chosen along with 19 female and seven male flight attendants.
    “When I knew that I got this job I burst into tears because I’m very happy ” said 24-year-old Chayathisa Nakmai.

    “I had sent many applications to different airlines ”

    The airline said that the qualifications for the ladyboy flight attendants were the same as for female flight attendants with the additional provisos that they be like women in how they walk and talk and have a feminine voice and the right attitude.

    Though there is very little discrimination against ladyboys in Thailand they are not officially recognised as women and their identification cards will always say “male ”

    While the airline strives for equality PC Air president Peter Chan who chooses the transsexual cabin crew himself said he needed to spend longer with interviews for such applicants.

    “For male flight attendants if I don’t want to hire them it’s because of their attitude or their characters like the way they walk and smile For female flight attendants if they have no patience and their character does not qualify we won’t hire them ” he added.

    “For transsexuals we can’t just spend 5 or 10 minutes with them we have to spend the whole day with them to make sure they have feminine characters ” The airline says it may hire more flight attendants from the “third gender” in the future since the Department of Civil Aviation has no objections.

    Though excited by the opportunity the transsexual flight attendants said they were aware they needed to prove themselves.

    “People will keep their eyes on us There will be more pressure ” said Dissanai Chitpraphachin 23 who was crowned as Thailand’s most beautiful transvestite in 2007.

    “We have to prepare ourselves more than the women ”

    The airline is initially set to fly to South Korea Hong Kong Singapore and China. — Reuters.

    Taken from Malaysian Insider

     
  • Tigeriban 6:26 pm on October 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Website ranks most influential tweeters 


    NEW YORK, Sept 24 — Actor Ashton Kutcher has more than five million and when singer John Mayer closed his account his devotees numbered 3.7 million but having a huge following on Twitter is no guarantee of being influential.

    Researchers at Northwestern University said with new technology they can sift through the tens of millions of tweets sent each day on the microblogging website to pinpoint the most influential people on the hot topic of the day.

    And it may not be the celebrity with the most followers.

    “People think that just because you have a huge number of followers you may potentially be an influencer, and that is not the case,” said Professor Alok Choudhary, the chair of the electrical engineering and computer science department at Northwestern University in Illinois.

    Sports star LeBron James, for example, may influence people when he tweets about basketball but he does not have as much clout if he voices his ideas about the appointment of a new Supreme Court justice, according to Choudhary.

    “The idea was how do we determine what are the important tweets and who are the people who really influence others in real time,” he explained in an interview.

    Using massive dating mining of texts, network analysis and real-time response measures Choudhary and Ramanathan Narayanan, a graduate student at the university, developed a website to rank the most influential tweeters on a topic.

    The site, http://www.pulseofthetweeters.com, resulted from Narayanan’s thesis project.

    Although Twitter, which limits tweets to 140 characters, is only four years old it has become an immensely popular social networking website, similar to Facebook and LinkedIn, with 145 million users and an average of 90 million tweets per day.

    “So, which tweets should you read? Which tweets are being read by media experts on any given subject, such as politics, law, fashion, food? We provide that information,” said Narayanan.

    The recently launched site also determines whether the tweets are positive, negative or neutral and filters out spam.

    “A lot of people think that just because you tweet a lot means you may have influence or you are important. But there are a lot of junk tweets, so to speak. Our technology filters those out,” Choudhary explained.

    The researchers believe the technology could identify trends and the people who are influencing them.

    “Our premise is that influencers are those that dynamically change the opinions of people on specific topics, or the topic of the moment. So in real time we can determine how people are getting influenced for an important topic,” he added. — Reuters

     
  • Tigeriban 7:23 am on October 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Bakun Dam flooding starts 


    MIRI: The flooding of the Bakun Dam in central Sarawak has started, despite desperate attempts by the natives of Sarawak to stop it.

    Sarawak Hidro, the dam’s developer and manager, started the flooding process very early Wednesday.

    Chief engineer and managing director Zulkifle Osman said the flooding started at short notice after engineers decided late Tuesday that the weather was perfect for the operation t be carried out.

    The natives had desperately tried to stop the flooding, including by lodging a police report at the Belaga police station on Tuesday.

    It was reported that Sarawak Hidro has been suffering financial losses as the the impoundment of the dam had been postponed due to the current inclement weather.

    Engineers at the site had to continuously abort any move to dam up the Balui River because of the heavy rain over central Sarawak.

    Zulkifle said the postponement was costing them a fortune and the longer the delay, the closer they got to the monsoon season, hich would make it even more difficult to start the impoundment.

    The flooding process is expected to take up to seven months.

    Source: The Star Online

     
  • Tigeriban 5:17 am on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Swiss chocoholics are sweet rival for Facebook & Co 


    BASLE, Sept 21 — The world’s first virtual community dedicated purely to chocolate, launched last week in Switzerland, gives cyber-networkers the chance to satisfy their sweet tooth as their friend-networks grow.

    Modelled on successful precursors like Facebook and MySpace, myswisschocolate.com, based in the small town of Pfaeffikon near Zurich, provides a virtual platform for people who share a love of the sugary treat that is the country’s trademark.

    “Although we’re passionate about chocolate, our site is not just for chocolate lovers but also for those learning to love chocolate all over the world,” site founder Sven Beichler told Reuters.

    After registering on the homepage of what the founders call the “club”, members are automatically awarded a voucher for 5 Swiss francs (RM15) worth of chocolate.

    “For every friend the user then adds to his or her network, his chocolate account increases proportionately,” Beichel said, adding the user is also awarded “chocolate points” for friends’ glut every time a friend buys chocolate without a voucher.

    The virtual balance of the chocolate-lover’s account can then be converted into real chocolate — hand-made by myswisschocolate.com and shipped to 15 countries worldwide.

    Switzerland pioneered the development of chocolate in the 1800s and is still home to producers such as KitKat-maker Nestle, Barry Callebaut and Lindt & Spruengli — famed for its gold-wrapped bunnies sold all over the world.

    Since its launch last week, the site has recorded over 100 registrations, and the founders aim to boost membership by up to 1,000 by the end of the year.

    “We customise chocolate too and can make it with marzipan, ginger, coffee and even 23-carat gold,” Beichel said, adding that gold-laced chocolate has one of the highest price tags.

    Other ingredients that can be included on request are rose petals, curry powder and sea salt.

    Prices, including postage, start at 3 Swiss francs per 100 gramme bar, and all products can also be delivered as gifts. — Reuters

     
  • Tigeriban 2:31 am on September 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Social media can rule your life, college finds 


    PHILADELPHIA, Sept 22 — Being perpetually connected through social media can increase stress, weaken personal relationships, and even cause sleep loss, according to a US university.

    After imposing a week-long blackout in the use of Facebook, Twitter, instant messaging and other media, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology in central Pennsylvania found that the pervasive technology had hidden pitfalls.

    “Students realised that social media, especially Facebook and instant messaging, if not managed properly, can take over their lives,” said Eric Darr, the college provost.

    The 800-student college called for the ban to see how the technology affects the lives of students and faculty.

    Most students complied with the week-long experiment earlier this month and some discovered that the technology could rule their lives.

    Darr cited one student who felt compelled to check Facebook 21 hours a day and blocked posts between 2 and 5 in the morning to get some sleep.

    “It sounds like an addiction to me,” said Darr, who initiated the blackout, which was implemented by blocking social media access to the college’s IP address.

    Darr acknowledged that students or faculty who felt forced to feed their social media addiction could do so via smartphones, but he said most complied, and some were pleasantly surprised by what they found.

    “The majority of students behaved much like smokers who sneak cigarettes after class,” he said. “They would sneak off to check things on their smart phones.”

    But some discovered that they were less stressed because they were not able to constantly check their friends’ Facebook status and found more time to do other things.

    Other students found themselves more likely to have face-to-face meetings with students or faculty who normally communicate exclusively by social media.

    Student Amanda Zuck said she isn’t a heavy user of Facebook but was “a little irritated” at first by being unable to use the site.

    Zuck wrote in an email that she didn’t see much advantage in the project for herself but she added that it had probably helped a friend whom she said is addicted to Facebook.

    “She decided to call it quits for a few weeks while she catches up on school, and I think this blackout helped her stick with it,” Zuck wrote.

    The project allowed all members of the college community to reflect on how social media tools affect their lives.

    “Only by stopping and paying attention can we understand,” Darr said. “We may not even be aware that social media plays a big part in what we do and how we do it.”

    Harrisburg appears to be the first US college to conduct such an experiment, which probably would not have been possible in larger academic institutions with more complex infrastructure, Darr said.

    The project prompted protests from some people who sent emails arguing it infringed their freedom of speech, he said.

    While the results are still being analyzed, the conclusions seem to be that social media should be used alongside old-fashioned personal communication.

    “Face-to-face meetings and relating through Facebook is probably the way to go,” Darr said. — Reuters

     
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