Lurid stories of Thai youth
What you do not find in the English-language press: Nearly every week, both Matichon and ThaiRath have have has extremely lurid 'studies' about the alleged debauchery of Thai young people. These reports are widely discussed on call in radio, shows, forums and in seminars by academics during the week. Only occasionally does the English-language press report these.
At the end of the year, The Nation had an article that referred to these studies: 'Gossip' research has solved nothing - Senator slams concentration on sex and violence - The Nation, January 3, 2004.
Wisarut reports about these incessant studies that are the talk of the town: I have looked at the forums and seen Gen Y's responses toward the news about very pornographic online games spun out of the local media.
They feel very alienated toward both the reactionary Ministry of Culture as well as the spin-doctor local media that just copy the news without making a deep investigation to check whether Ministry of Culture have told a big lie to the public as the way to capture conservative voters at the expenses of younger voters.
Many feel fed up with the 'serious media' like Matichon that keep returning to Gen Y as a way to spin more issues and raise their copies sold without trying to find out the real story.
Even worse, serious media like Matichon has distorted the news by claiming that manga (Japanese comic) like Card Capture Sakura is a child porno comic--even though this kind of comic is only a spin-off called doujin. The same can be said about the media's confusion between porno games (H games) and online games.
Too many people have become victims of these kinds of unethical journalist practices, but those journalists and columnists keep spinning this type of news and commentary without shame while they keep asking the public at large to grant them unlimited press freedom...
of Thai youth - January 5, 2005
Following up on yesterday's article about the Thai-language press promoting lurid stories of Thai young people to sell newspapers, here are some references from the last four months to sensational youth stories in the Thai-language press:
thought students were masseuses or sell their bodies/hi-so
juniors - December 17
The youth of Thailand are champions of whisky drinking - December 13
Monitor ads for sex services - December 8
Abortions average 1,000 per day/kids stay on the internet all night/a new trend for gays - October 20
A new generation of students - October 11
The big penis trend - October 13
sex - September 30
Looking for sex with the telephone - September 28
Youth on the net - September 27
'They have sex at school. It destroys the local culture.' - September 21
Revelations about youth sex - September 21
The swinging sex problem - September 19
People like swinging - September 18
Nowadays students do not conserve their bodies - September 18