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  • OPINION

    Call off rap song probe

    News, Editorial, Published on 30/10/2018

    » Just as the sun rises every day, the Royal Thai Police and its Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) were predictably quick to pounce on the flash-mob popularity of song sensations Rap Against Dictatorship (RAD).

  • OPINION

    The kids are all right

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 28/10/2018

    » <i>Prathet Ku Mee</i> is no slapped-together concert song. It wasn't made, so much as crafted. The accusatory lyrics are set against the shameful, hovering background of the 1976 dictators' massacre at Thammasat University. The rap song's finale brings the background image of the hanged, beaten student to the front of the picture, before fading out to the hopeful message, "All people unite".

  • LIFE

    Sometimes transcendental, always relevant

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 25/05/2018

    » The American films were on short supply this year at Cannes -- which in turn deprived the assembly line of red carpet material -- but nobody seemed to mind that except, well, some American media and fashion bloggers. That superfluous caveat aside, the recently wrapped 71st Cannes Film Festival was nearly unanimously praised as one of the best editions in recent memory, with a string of good, sometimes very good, titles playing night after night -- and even the bad films weren't so offensively bad, as was often the case. In the midst of soul-searching following the question of relevance (the world wants Avengers), the rise of streaming (the world watches films on phones), the decline of arthouse popularity, Cannes insists on the sacredness of cinema, on the future of the art, and this year it paid off solidly.

  • LIFE

    Creatively canine

    Life, Published on 23/02/2018

    » To have a passion that makes you want to eat, sleep and breathe it, is rare. To have a passion that turns into a career is even rarer. But artist Tavorn Silakunaporn is one of the lucky ones, oozing an infectious fervour -- in a way that only someone who has found their sole purpose in life can -- when discussing his latest installations, currently on show at Gaysorn Village.

  • THAILAND

    Top 5 social media stories of the year

    News, Anucha Charoenpo, Published on 30/12/2017

    » The influence of social media on society today is of profound importance, and 2017 was no exception. This past year was one when netizens widely used social media platforms to scrutinise matters of public interest. Below are the top five news stories of the year that spread online mostly through social media initially in a much faster and wider manner before the mainstream media picked up and pursued them.

  • LIFE

    Chuga-Chug! Here come the zombies!

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 05/08/2016

    » Zombies overrunning a high-speed train, what more could you ask for.

  • LIFE

    From the field to the protest

    Life, Chris Baker, Published on 21/09/2015

    » The Thai music known as luk thung (son of the field) is difficult to define because it borrows from everywhere and evolves over time. To the ear, however, it is unmistakable. That's a result of its two dominant rhythms, one from Thai folk music, the other from Latin America and an undercurrent of melancholy from the genre's archetypal song about the country boy far from home thinking of the village and the girl back there. Ethnomusicologist James Mitchell defines it simply as "Thailand's most popular music".

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