Alhamdulillah, another presentation done. Initially, I was scheduled to present last week but due to the KSSR Sains course, I had to do it this week which was yesterday. Although initially the process was met with several hiccups as my partner, Ibrahim Oyewole Moses who is a Nigerian lacked the facility for modes for communicating (telephones, Internet, Whatsapps, etc) and misinterpret what I told him to do (to print the write-up but instead, he just printed the slide-shows handouts! But luckily I brought a printer in my car!), the outcome was satisfactory.
We were given the topic on “Freedom & Values in Communication”. We explored the topic based on segregation between Western perspectives and Eastern perspectives as we couldn’t any absolute ‘theory’ on this, hence we skipped the variables (but later Professor Salleh advised us on the supposed variables; of which we took note as the Independent Variables could be politics, economy, social or culture which will determine the Dependent Variables which are Freedom and Values).
Ibrahim and I after the presentation.
I thought Ibrahim wanted to elaborate more on Freedom of Speech or Free Flow of information but he was passionate about his own points on certain depicted cases to showcase the Western definition of communication freedom, such as Nebraska Press Association Vs Stuart (1976); New York Vs United States (1971) & People Vs Croswell (1804); So I just let him do this talkative thing; but of course, I can’t let him outshining me! Hahaha!
Hahhahaa! I forced my coursemate, Prem to take picture of me while presenting. Kak Ti and Aan refused! LMAO!
I, on the other hand, touched on the Eastern point of view of freedom and values in communication. I quoted the finding from Trilling (2010)’s paperwork entitled “Press Freedom Critical Analysis : The Examination of East Asia : China, Singapore & North Korea” which was a brilliant rebuttal against the cliche remarks of the western bodies claiming that western cultures or countries are “more free” than us, the eastern counterparts.
I was asking question and reasoning with Prof Salleh about my clash-of-schedule-of-exam-and-Umrah but Ibrahim wanted to take photo with him. So, I just chipped in! Hahaha!
According to Trilling, the embedded culture of Confucianism which centers on respecting someone who is elder including leaders are the essence of such scenario of where government should control the flow of the nation in order to retain stability. Besides, the existence of ‘guanxi’ in their culture is a norm which is actually opposed to the ‘American Dreams’ of the Americans which uphold individualistic meritocracy. Other than that, I also explained about the meagre state of media freedom in the Middle East which really need serious attention.
Although initially there were few hiccups in doing the write-up and slide shows due to several hindrance, but finally, we made it! Yaeah!
On whole, we were just glad that another pain-in-the-ass assignment and presentation is OVER! (,”) !!!!