The size and design for New Malaysian Essays 1 are very much inspired by a Singapore journal called Focas. You've never heard of Focas, of course, so let me introduce it.
Focus stands for Forum on Contemporary Art & Society and if you think that sounds dead serious, wait till you read the stuff in there!
You can read about all the six issues (and maybe even buy a few of them) starting here. After that, just type Focas into the search box and more delights will unfold.
Focas is no more because the Singapore government pulled the plug on its funding! Is it because the journal was too critical of government policy, especially in relation to censorship? Focas was always written in such a rarefied manner that it's hard to imagine any bureaucrat taking offence – but then again, Singaporean bureaucrats probably know fancier words than ours.
RIP Focas! I shall make sure the editorial board gets a free copy of NME1 in return for not suing us for ripping off their look.
My name is Kevin. I hope you will take some time to read my recommendation.
I want you to go to this site www.secretsaya.com – it's a new web application that is made in Malaysia which allow users to reveal their secrets in a form of an artwork (inclusive of photography, image editing, illustrations and others), voice recitation (inclusive of any interpretation of using voice) and writing (in the forms of random thoughts, poem, haiku fiction or anything else). Users are advised to use a 'secret' username if they don't want to be known in the community - and users are free to reveal as many secrets as they want each day. Each secret they revealed are then shared with the community in which they would be rated and commented. (taken from their site)
Their current market they're targeting now in which I found out when emailing the SecretSaya's team is MySpace users, those who are into Art movements like Bangkit and Rantai. While they might seem like a good target niche, but seriously they are not! Simply because they're the MySpace niche. They aren't web niche like us, bloggers, flickers and such. SecretSaya needs to divert their target audience – it needs broad and wider coverage – and I felt like helping them out since I believe this site can be really useful in the future, we can finally have our very own Malaysian made YouTube, DeviantArt.. to name a few.
So I hope, and I hope you guys out there can help out – help SecretSaya expand, help them be exposed to the right niche. Blog about them. Tag them. Spread the news to your friends. Lets help a Malaysian made web app!
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