This post is prompted by a remark made by my good friend Wei Lin. She saw me reading a card I had received from a friend recently and said: "Traditional cards are so old-fashioned."
I wondered if that was true and decided to probe into the issue. A Google search revealed numerous articles on the debate between traditional paper-based cards and e-cards. Tracey Grady's examination of the pros and cons of each type is informative.
In my opinion, e-cards are not substitutes for the real (traditional) ones and they shouldn't be. I treat e-card e-mails with suspicion because spammers could be using them to download viruses and software onto my computer.
I have never sent anyone an e-card and I don't plan to; I dislike the cold impersonality of conveying greetings electronically.
I have always liked sending and receiving cards the traditional way.
The ritual of going to a bookshop, browsing at the card section, picking a suitable one for the recipient and then walking to a p…
I made the mistake of asking Shamsul, who is director of the Institute of Ethnic Studies at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, if he was on Facebook, the social network which was hatched up in the dormitories of Harvard six years ago.
"I have a face and I keep thousands of books. Why do I need Facebook?"
How do you react to that reply?
I didn't. I meekly invited him to elaborate on his reasons.
"Facebook will take away my soul and I won't allow that to happen because I am a believer," says Shamsul fiercely, who launched into a tirade of accusations against Facebook.
Ninety per cent of the things you read on Facebook are either petty, bitter, rude or offensive.