Category Archives: Civic Education

公民教育版

友人留言問我為何不見我寫「國民教育」。我說我對國民教育一無所知,所以寫不出。我可以花多點時間分享一下我對作為一個地球村公民的看法,但僅此而已。

說到這裡,才想起我其實也已寫過不少關於政治、經濟、人文、商務等話題之感想,一向籠統歸類為「民間研究」(因為那多是我年前備課和做論文時分拆出來的枝節)。現在索性將其重新命名為「公民教育」,成為我反思這議題的起點。

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Are We Slaves?

While drafting my next blog entry, I was trying to think of a bigger and more meaningful topic than about a prehistoric dungeon, a shed exists in the 4th dimension, Hello Kitty or a bed above a toilet seat. But soon I realize that the whole thing are all related to the bigger part of us. No escape.

Then Apple Daily confirmed it all: we are slaves, and we are so proud of it. Look at their A1 these days: “罪犯欺君”, “厚顏面聖”… … what kind of position is that??

After all, are we upset only because now we finally find out that this “leader of slaves” are not smart enough? Perhaps people in Hong Kong in fact don’t really mind (and care) if Mr Leung or any other CE/politician is a decent man/woman or not. Or let me put it this way, if we have to choose between smartness and decency, we “mission-oriented” Hongkonger would pick the “ability to execute” above anything else. Ethical soul can’t feed our tummies. To me, “white lie” is still a lie, but to some people, perhaps even “grey lie” is still counting as social skill, and we should not “小事化大” (as if lying is such a minor part of the total picture).

Well, the worst part is, I even feel that this is all part of the calculation. I mean, seriously, what if he is smart enough not to care at all, as he knew it won’t make any difference what so ever, since all 7 millions of us are all spectators of the show anyway? Why care?

I have to admit that it is one of the reason why I prefer to stay here in the cold (really, last night it was 1 degree C at 3am) instead, as I still feel warmer on this side of the world.

畫出彩虹

“It takes both Rain and Sunshine to make a Rainbow.”

這美麗的道理有兩面:(1)昨天午後的香港上空(或正確點說我看到的只是香港朋友們的 Facebook pages …)全被那雙環彩虹擁抱著。大家這樣雀躍,或多或少也反映出於彩虹出現那瞬間前的社會「被雨天」了太久,納悶的空氣壓到大家抖不過氣來;而這雙環彩虹的出現就正是這困局的一道曙光,將埋在大家心中的正能量一下子全釋放出來了。(2)而如大家記著這道理,下次雨天再來時便可對彩虹的來臨有所期待。天天放晴的日子其實最終只會帶來沙漠而不是彩虹。

多得現今的科技的進步:要讓人人都可以即時抓住那影像不難,可以即時與人分享也不是新鮮事,但厲害的是大家可以即時反應和互動,使不同時間空間的人(如我)也可參與其中。

這標誌著大家的生活以至對這世界的認知也多麼受到 Facebook 社群的影響。大家無時無刻都在「監視」著 Facebook,以它來了解周遭的一舉一動,甚至代替了原載的新聞頻道。例如,此時此刻在南半球十點五十五分,外邊攝氏四度。我和內子坐在被窩裡每人一部 iPad 在看 Facebook 上朋友們轉載的新聞話題,心情上卻當自己有份在那夏日黃昏的香港在看(甚至有份拍)那些彩虹。

有趣地,過了一會,大家不再上載彩虹照。反正也太多了。而且近日落時未拍的也再沒機會去拍。所以後來再傳的都是轉載別人早前上載的照片。開始有人說在別人傳的相集中找到自己拍的但被盜去的相,也有人開始二次創作將不同人拍不同地方的彩虹照整合為一。我看罷不禁問自己:Facebook 的 Timeline 上究竟哪幅相才真正是自己的回憶?哪些是「二手回憶」?或全是集體回憶,不分你我?甚至如果有天沒有了 Facebook Timeline,我的「回憶」又會否隨之而灰飛煙滅?

似乎想多了?回看這彩虹:我為全香港都可看到這道曙光而高興,但卻自覺在這裡見到彩虹並不是一件難事。可能不是這裡的彩虹出現得更頻繁,而只是這裡天色特別清,地平線特別遼闊,故此我能較易發現到彩虹罷?而且,在這裡簡單如每天都看到的日落(如下圖,全是普通 iPhone 拍的相,沒有用 filter)也如此驚艷,我就會覺得其實大自然之美一直都存在,關鍵只是我們的心夠不夠胸襟去迎接她。

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Number One Concern in Blogging Today: Mobile

Original article posted on here.

If you still care about blogging (and I have just shown I do), what would be the number one concern that you should have? The answer is easy: make sure that your blog is mobile optimized.

This should not be any news to anybody anyway. This is one of the main reasons why Microblogging (Twitter and Weibo) and Miniblogging (light-weighted Tumblr) flourished recently in the first place. Traditional blogs are too heavy to be social, mobile and instant enough.

Anyway, my blog traffic has around 35% viewed by mobile devices for the last 30 days, and the trend is increasing rapidly recently. Out of all my Facebook referrals, more than half of them are from m.facebook, indicating that mobile+social is a big thing and if our landing page (the article page on the blog, for this instance) is not mobile optimized, we are doomed.

On the other hand, I got only a few percent of visitors coming from mobile search. And that’s normal, given that my blog is not that location-search relevant unlike retails or tourist attractions.

So, what I have done to make mine mobile? For my Blogger.com site, I have simply use the mobile template that provided by Google. I have tried the Dynamic Views on my iPhone, and found that although it is mobile compatible as the Mosaic screen would adjust the number of columns based on the width of the screen, the loading time is way too long for a normal 3G connection to download and render. For my WordPress site, I have employed a plugin to enable a mobile theme when loaded in a mobile device.

It is not enough just for the platform to be mobile optimized. The content matters too. When it comes down to content, “mobile optimized” means “concise”, “location relevant” and “time critical”. I believe this is where “blogging” is falling apart. Blogging is not 100% mobile if we look at the nature of the meaningful contents. We could optimized for the audience who come to us via mobile, but we can’t entertain the needs of the vast majority on the mobile traffic. If we want a happy ending, we could either limit ourselves to the concise and immediate world, or leave the detail world untapped and use social media as the mobile outpost to guide us towards the real content. With that in mind, all we need is a good landing page that optimized for mobile devices and mobile referral (for example, the article shown directly via Twitter, Flipboard, Facebook and LinkedIn mobile apps).

I am good. I am mobile optimized. At least my mind does. The rest will follow.

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舊剪報

Again.


Sometimes I still have that nightmare. And when I wake up I don’t even know what is real, and what is the definition of REAL.

Nonetheless, I would rather taking the red pill and face the truth or what seems to be the “truth”, than taking the red pill and stay happy. Who knows what the truth was anyway, but I still believe the news clips attached below were a bit more trustworthy than most of the talking and washing.

I got nothing more to say, so I am just reposting the same thing until the work is done. Some day.

Cheers.


當國家每年的維穩費高過軍費;當為民請命揭開毒奶粉、豆腐渣、計劃生育等問題的人相繼被迫害,但應負責的當權者卻繼續風光(直至權鬥失敗?);當坦克是用來保衛權力而不是保護人民,但人民們卻默認維穩大於公義;當我真心開始相信梁振英先生可以有能力成功循普選連任特首…… 我覺得身為一個中國人,我很渺小。我可以做的,就是堅持大家繼續要以史為鑑,多看多想,不要只以「要向前看」為借口而逃避黑白對錯的簡單核心問題。


要說的,過去幾年也已說過了:

六年前,我在談【十七年來的進步】
五年前,【我的確相信十八年前軍隊沒有屠城】
四年前,我認我就是【十九年前的攪屎棍】
三年前,我也【嘗試從另一個角度去看二十年前的夏天】
兩年,我結果也繼續貼【舊剪報】

結果,結果還未有結果。

我今年不打算再說甚麼。反正,發生過的事實又沒有(亦從不會)再改變,所以其實可以說的,的確都已說過了。

只是概嘆,大家已不是沒有「聽過」這件事的一群,而是「不想再去聽」的一群。

Anyway,舊剪報還是要繼續貼。


如以往數年,我在下面貼上我幾年前在圖書館逐張 microfilms scan 出來的剪報。我知道報紙的報導也可以有偏頗的時候。但以一個不在場的人來說,能參考幾份不同派別報紙的文字,再加上有力的圖片,就算我們不能了解事實的全部,但也會是一個不錯的起點吧?

大家若去互聯網找二十一年前的新聞,來源來來去去都是支聯會和 64memo 那些網站,因為c十一年前未有互聯網,所以全部報紙都未上網。但大家可以去圖書館找舊的 microfilm 來看啊!以下有大公報、文匯報和明報的 microfilm。有興趣的請慢慢看,或【請轉寄給其他人看】。看完才再作評論吧!(又,若喜歡看TVB新聞報導,請往YouTube take a look。)

大公報和文匯報當天的頭版 【Click 圖下載 1600 x 2100 大圖】:

其他更多剪報 from 明報,大公報和文匯報:

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香港市民要為臨時撥款被否決負責!

誰要為上星期臨時撥款決議案被立法會否決負責?答案很簡單:當然是我們香港市民!

你或會說:「不是吧?是泛民議員玩野否決了議案喎!」
第一,泛民只是投棄權票,不是投反對票。
第二,而且,泛民是棄權又好,反對又好,議案要被否決,也不單是有人反便行。實情是,要通過議案,是要有出席人數過半的贊成票。保皇黨選擇不出席會議,結果不夠票,失職在先,不要無賴。

「但曾財爺說泛民洋洋得意投反對票是不負責任啊!」
嘿!說投反對票=不負責任,與女朋友問:「我今日靚唔靚?但唔准答唔靚!」一樣咁無聊!議員的責任是「去投票」,而不是「去投贊成票」嘛!(至於「洋洋得意」又有何問題呢?終有一日財爺也會為自己那預算案最終獲得通過而洋洋得意吧?)

「但葉劉卻說不來投票是政助的責任呢!她說他們冇打俾佢去拉票,所以佢就轉而到南區去處理私事而缺席投票… …」
如此一名說得出這樣的一句話的議員都可以以民選之路當選,那不是香港市民的責任是甚麼?

不過,話說回來,我們有得去「負責任」其實已算很幸福。我慶幸我們有機會去評核一個民選議員的表現,也可以用選票去表達我們對此議員的評核結果。清清楚楚、均均真真、各盡己任。相對於一些較獨裁和貪污的地區來看,我們香港人有如此的公民權利(儘管是多麼有限),真是身在福中不知福!

至於我們當中有多少人懂去行使這公民權利與責任,就可得要看看我們自己造化。社會因此而興盛還是敗亡,其實也是掌握於大家手中。只管去怨天怨地仇富厭貧,歧視新移民但又忘了其實自己也是個舊移民,真的無補於事!我知這也不是可以勉強的。看看別人日本於災難時所顯露出的團結、無私、鎮靜和秩序,再與我們一比,就會了解到以我們的成熟程度要我們去負這個層次的責任可能還有一段距離!

「不過就算我們如此成熟又如何?但這維穩至上的制度不會容許我們去行使完全的公民權利啊!」
容許被制度鎖上自己的心和嘴巴的人,自然也不會去行使完全的公民權利。說到尾,容許這麼的一個制度繼續存在,你與我也需要付上一定程度的責任啊!