Bangkok Post news reporter
Since the dawn of recorded history, women have been stigmatised by the world "less". They are slaves to bias and prejudice merely because of their gender. The notion of less takes tangible form in terms of reduced resources, opportunities, earnings and power, among other aspects.
Politics in the "Land of the Free" has entered a new era with the help of social platforms and internet ubiquity. Thailand is more politically diverse than it was just a few years ago when the kingdom was divided into three camps: anti-Thaksin, pro-Thaksin and those who were just indifferent to politics.
Retail politics is no longer as relevant and essential in the age of social media. Politicians don't have to appear before the masses at local events or attend press briefings to get their message heard. They can stage their own briefing with a single click, anytime, anywhere. It may be even more cost-effective than traditional approaches.
The mainstream news industry has been gasping for air for some time now; lying alongside it in the jaws of death is the truth. But there will always be news. The industry is the medium, while news is the matter. Truth exists at its heart, a stern and no-nonsense master.