“中環我至靚”報紙專欄之死

April 8, 2012

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I am glad the newspaper column “Central, Hong Kong Pretty Girls” (“中環我至靚”報紙專欄) is finally “dead” (last column 2012年01月27日) after my previous article “中環我至靚 – 蘋果日報 與 新聞自由” urging (although I am sure they didn’t cancel the column because of my complains),

“I am a keen observer of pretty girls in HK and around the world. Unfortunately today, against my better judgement, I will argue the Hong Kong newspaper Apple B.B. Daily should voluntarily stop taking photos of some of these pretty girls (中環我至靚) in Central, Hong KongYes, some of these photos taking and publishing has to be stopped!  Especially many of the photos that I love the most. Isn’t this paradoxical?

Now, after watching Bill Cunningham New York (2010) multiple times featuring Bill from New York Times, I can finally articulate why I did not like 中環我至靚.

First of all, I LOVE pretty girls which is why I HATE the way Apple B.B. Daily has objectified them. To me, pretty girls on the street are transitory pleasure that are meant to be noticed and paid attention to for a few seconds and then left alone. We, the readers, were implicitly invited to judge (agree or disagree) the “beauty” of the girls in the photo. WTF did these girls do to deserve Apple B.B. Daily singling them out for judgement including personal ridicule?

Have a watch of the following documentary about Bill. You will see that Bill‘s “On the Street” column featured the dresses, colours, shoes, etc etc. But never the judgement of the “beauty” of the ladies/gents in his photos. In fact, Bill resigned from “from Women’s Wear Daily after his illustrated celebration of fashion across class lines was rewritten as a snobby put-down.” Reporters and editors of Apple B.B. Daily, learn some journalist integrity from Bill!

Well, let me challenge Apple B.B. Daily in creating a brand new Sunday column as fun as and as insightful as Bill Cunningham’s New York Times “On The Street”. And please cut the crab in the phoney voice over and be fair and level minded for a change. I am no expert but you know who you can learn from right?

Bill Cunningham New York Trailer

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轉載: 專欄絕技說

August 4, 2009

Views in writing an interesting column. 張五常”專欄絕技說“,

不知讀者有沒有注意到,林行止專欄是忽中忽西地寫。我一樣。其它香港專欄寫手也一樣。地球一體化,可以忽中忽西地寫佔了很大的便宜。老外歷來不這樣,隻是近幾年開始提到中國,內容一般是尷尬的。我不懷疑西方的專欄寫手的學問水平不俗,但寫專欄需要的學問,三幾年的工夫足夠。另一方面,要學好中文,要懂得一點中國的文化,需要的不止三幾年。人家老婆,自己文章,今天讀西方的名家專欄,不認為他們的學問怎麼樣。

我也認為指責林行止抄襲的網上客不知專欄何物。寫專欄,行止兄用上的法門跟我的一樣。那是要先想到一兩點要說的才動筆,然后環繞著這一兩點發揮。這是說,事前沒有一兩點要說的在手,專欄文字寫不出來。有了這樣的習慣,我們事前想的是要說些什麼,有時有點模糊,有時不肯定,動了筆再作打算。既然是專家,我們對「模糊」或「不肯定」的感受了不起,在動筆前知道動筆后可否寫出生機,或寫出變化。有時效果比事前想象的好,有時比事前想象的差,但我們永遠在動筆前知道能否成文,百發百中。這是絕技。採用這種寫法的人不可能在事前考慮抄襲什麼。換言之,對我們來說,抄襲遠比原創困難。