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Desktop Confessional

Online, offline, real life.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

It's so funny how a perfectly good moment can be ruined in just an instant.

Earlier tonight I was checking out this 18-year-old Dutch singer, who rose to fame via YouTube - her name is Esmee Denters. She's really an example of how you can harness the Internet for your own good. What she did was basically recorded herself singing and posted it on YouTube and right now, she has 1 million views and counting ... for each song she uploaded. Such numbers got her noticed by one Justin Timberlake, who signed her on to his label Tennmann. Now the chick's touring UK with JT.

Can she sing? Judge for yourself.

Covering "Unwritten" by Natasha Bedingfield.

Doing Alicia Key's "How Come You Don't Call Me?"

She's good but not amazing but her voice is hardly the point. The point here is that Esmee is just one of many people who are smart enough to see just how far the reach of the internet is. Day after day, I hear amazing stories of people who, with nothing much but hard work and some raw talent, make it in real life through online exposure. Now, that just kind of makes me feel like I can do anything if I really put my mind into it. It was a nice, warm feeling that filled my mind with possibilities as I took a shower ..

But then I log on to Petaling Street and I see ping after ping of a blogger being arrested. (See: here, here and here). On what grounds you ask? That's the thing. The arrest so far has been vague as hell except the fact that it concerns his blog, and certain statements he made. To see such disheartening news after almost having some form of an epiphany earlier was a downer to say the very least. Only earlier in the day Elina and I were saying how out of touch the government was with the young and the new, and this really proves just what we mean. In what developed/developing nation can you just arrest someone without stating, up first, what he is being arrested for? And that's just the tip of the iceberg about how wrong this feels to me. This is a very politically-charged issue and I am by no means, an expert at that. What disturbs me the most here is the human rights side of it. Bloggers being arrested is nothing new, but it will continue to disturb me as I go to bed tonight.

Sometimes it's hard to say just how disappointed you are.

  1. Blogger Kevin said:

    Told you to stick to Mariah. Never listen! Haiiihh.

  1. Blogger paan said:

    ayoo, now i'm a fan of esmee too..

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