Saturday, July 25, 2009

Page Three

I do not read much of newspapers here.  This is simply due to the fact that I do not have the time for it.  Just like how I do not have the time for exercising.  Come to think of it, I hardly have time for myself.  All of my time out of my computer lab is spent with chubby kid.  Every minute of it until she sleeps.  Sometimes, I fall asleep even before she does.

Anyway, back to the newspaper issue.  I have always wanted to blog about this but never have the time to take a photo of the newspaper.  You see,  I was really surprised that the newspaper here, particularly the Sun, costs only 20 pence on a weekday.

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It is cheap alright.  But it is not the price that surprises me.  The first time I read the Sun and turned over the front page, my eyes almost bulged out of their sockets.  For on page 3 of every issue, there will be a picture of a half-nude woman staring back at you.

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Oh yes, it caught me by surprise the first time I read the newspaper.  I guess it is just my typical Malaysian self that did not expect to see anything like this on the newspaper.  I mean, you would not expect to see anything like this on newspapers in Malaysia, do you?  I do not think that would ever happen in a million years.

But then again, it is not the picture that bothers me.  What bothers me is that, when I read the newspaper in public and the news article next to the half-nude woman is interesting, I am kind of conscious about staring intently into page 3.  I keep on getting this feeling that people walking by would wonder why I am staring at the picture of the half-nude woman when what I am actually doing is trying to read the interesting article next to it.

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8 comments:

alexander said...

Hmm it shows that sex sells, even on the net....obviously distracting having to read the news only to see the pictures of some half naked or near naked person next to it. Wonder whether the newspaper is readworthy or news worthy.

Snap no Stevun® said...

Oh yeah! Now that you reminded me! My seniors all from the UK always used my pc to log into the online version! Ha ha...well, I do work in a male dominated industry, hence. They said they used to quietly slip off with the papers when they were in their teens years, when thier hormone got the better of them, when 'Internet' has not developed into porntube ! Ha ha...I almost want to change my career into the photographer for Page3

chuasteph said...

alexander, obviously most of the news about UK are there but then again, i guess the paper may sell better with the current content of page 3.

steven, hahahahaha, that's funny. i hope Y doesn't read this.

mamamia said...

Steph, i can confirm with you that you will never get to see this kind of photo in our malaysian papers. Its already stated in our media law. i do read the sun but sudah lali with the page 3 photo. just close one eye lah., but i make it a point not to let my kids see it. they are too young to see this kind of rubbish. BTW, how come u get to buy the sun for 20p? at ur place. Here it is sold at 30p...

chuasteph said...

malia, it's only 20p. did you buy urs on a weekend? i think it costs more on a weekend. but i'm not sure how much. we usually buy on a friday to fill in some leisure reading time on the weekends. hahaha...memang pun i'm lali with page 3 after my initial shock. just feel somewhat self-conscious when reading page 3 in public places.

Melissa said...

steph, your 20p is definitely worth it this time.. lol..

chuasteph said...

melissa, i think more worth it if it is a pic of 6-pack hunk :D

Moo Moo Cow said...

haha.. im sure d guys would LOVE to read the newspaper there...