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ReWired #1

ReWired: My new column on digital culture in The Star

I’m sitting here quite excited, waiting for the folks at The Star in Malaysia to update stories on the website, like a 5-year-old child. The reason for this is that today, my new column called ReWired will appear in Star2.

ReWired is my first personal column in The Star since The Bangsar Boy (although, I currently also contribute to the monthly What The Tweet in R.AGE alongside my buddy David Lian as well as a host of writer’s around the world in Tale of Two Cities in Star Metro), hence the excitement. It is also because I am really passionate about the topic – digital culture – which will be the focus of the column.

ReWired #1

I came out with the name ReWired with the help of my former classmates Maya and Danny (the former of whom suggested flymonkey, taking the lead from many startups who appear to choose random words and put them together!) as well as friend Ivy. I toyed with a few others, including Plugged In but thought it sounded more like a sex column (if you get what I mean).

ReWired made a lot of sense in the end because, as I explain in my first column, that there is an irony that as our lives become more wireless and everything seems to  be reliant on the cloud that digital technology is leading us to having to rewire our brains. In short, digital culture is causing us to have to rewire our social norms.

The way that the column works is that readers like you can suggest topics for me to write about, either as a recommendation or based on a question which you can send via email to or on Twitter using the #Star2ReWired hashtag. I will then respond to the recommendation or question and look at the core issues from a digital culture perspective. Please write in!

The first topic I am covering is at someone else’s suggestion, that is the recent “scandal” related to the two Malaysians who received media attention for their blog featuring videos of them having sex. In my column, I chose to look at the issue from a private/public perspective, to see how digital culture has rewired our sense of privacy and what is private and what is not.

I hope you enjoy it. I’d love some feedback, as always, but also would like you to be part of the column by sending in your suggestions.

You can read the article here.

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