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Tune in, turn on 'The Voice', drop the coups

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If there were a time when Thais should say no to the expediency of resorting to the same old pastime of street protests and demand a more constructive country development agenda, it should be now. 

Turn off partisan, propagandist, colour-coded TV channels. Watch The Voice if you can't find anything more cerebral. I'm serious. I don't mean all political-minded citizens out there should abandon their pent-up energy and burning wish to see the country move beyond the quagmire of corruption, yawning rich-poor gap, structural inequalities, plus injustice and start competing in singing and dancing. What I mean is, stripped of its commercial or entertainment business value and looked at from a pure content and concept angle, something like The Voice is in a microscopic way an agenda for Thailand. Find what you are good at. Find ways to develop the talent. Compete if you must and stand and be judged on your own merit, not your connections, popularity or power.

Judging from the number of times I saw large Thai flags billowing in the wind as part of red-shirt caravans on Saturday and at the anti-government rally at the Royal Turf Club on Sunday _ a sight that should have conjured up a feeling of pride in the country but instead provoked a sense of boredom in me _ my wish is likely to be unfulfilled.

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