Saturday 18 May 2013

1199 HKSAR Name of the Day

Kanis Li, reporter, SCMP, Hong Kong 

About Novel HKSAR Names
Name Category: Creation; Substitution


  1. aimlesswanderer20 May 2013 at 17:29

    The first thing that came to mind was canis...

  2. Thanks AW. It's a dog's life … being a reporter !

  3. aimlesswanderer24 May 2013 at 19:52

    Thing is, hardly anything actually useful or important happens in Hongkers, so you're stuck with the "cat stuck in a tree" type stories (or at worst, "celebrity spotted eating/farting/walking/breathing!") to fill in the time... so being a reporter there is likely even less interesting that other places.

    The few times I have watched Hongky news, and the vapidity of the stories was alarming. Like they either ran out of or stopped trying to run informative stuff after 10 minutes max.

  4. Thanks AW. I would tend to agree with you that the purpose of the media is mainly to provide "fluffy" space fillers … until something significant comes along (which can happen anywhere and at anytime).

    Obviously, you have heard of the case of Edward Snowden and the NSA. Things happen … occasionally … and the rest of the time it is just space filling duties for the media.

  5. aimlesswanderer21 June 2013 at 19:18

    The Snowden case is really abnormal though, generally very little actually important to more than Hongkers happens there. They seem to have to resort to the "cat stuck in a tree" type stories alarmingly quickly.

    They don't seem interested much of what goes on in the rest of the world

  6. Thanks AW. That's one way of looking at it.

    I think Hong Kong has it's fair share of international news (e.g. bird flu, SARS, illegal trafficking, etc) that breaks up the monotony and boring fluffy space fillers.

    I agree with you that the real problem is that the local media, and people in HK, do not pay much attention to important news outside of Hong Kong. Yes, they aren't interested in what goes on in the rest of the world (which is a bit like Americans in the US).