It would seem that everyone is getting into the act when it comes to Thai politics. Blogs and columns that have other themes from nightlife to general blogs about Thailand or Asia have picked up the bug.
For most people politics is something that helps to cause heartburn after a meal. Reading about some politician on his or her high horse trying to make a name for themselves about this or that does provide excitement or aggravation depending if you agree with them or not. However when it comes to Thai politics, the man at the center of the problem is convicted fugitive Thaksin Shinawatra, and he is doing his best to put this on the world stage.
Connecting the Dots is trying not to be a political blog, but with each new day another entry that talks about politics and in particular Thai politics appears in Connecting the Dots. With just over 900 posts in a little over 2 years, and 342 of them tagged as politics it seems we have the bug too.
What makes Thai politics so interesting is mostly it is an animal onto itself. There is no other country that seems to deal with things like the Thais do. The way they approach things without thinking them through in many cases makes it interesting. Also the high number of self serving politicians and the behind the scene happenings makes Thai politics an anomaly that can be better that a daytime soap opera. All the twits, turns and backstabbing make it an entertaining popcorn eating event.
The latest round of Thai politics has a violent theme that has caused over 25 people to die this year alone. The violence is all about Thaksin who just happens to have a lot of money and seems to be punishing Thailand for giving him the boot via a coup in 2006. If you close your eyes and are familiar with the chain of events for the past 5 years, it is very easy to visualize Thaksin as a mob boss sending his thugs out to inflict punishment on Thailand for not accepting his unwavering kindness.
Looking at some of the other blogs and columns that historically cover other things, we were a bit amused to find that at least 2 of the most popular nightlife columns in Thailand have got the bug. One seems to stand out as he is very talented with a camera and has some wonderful shots of in and around the Red Shirt mayhem. When he publishes he does so with big images that are reminders of Life magazine as well as National Geographic. His style of writing is pure journalism as he simply writes about what he sees and does not make any political judgments.
Another popular nightlife blog is davetheravebangkok.com. Dave apparently is a bar manager that works just a few hundred meters from the Red Shirt occupation, so his interest is more than just passing. The Red Shirts are having an effect on his livelihood as well as being well within range of a stray bullet.
There are other blogs as well that are way too numerous to list and they all have their take on Thai politics. As for Connecting the Dots, our niche remains painting the bigger picture and making predictions. In that respect we have a big following that includes mainstream journalists from CNN, Reuters and the AP. We often see our take being republished. Although mainstream media can not quote blogs directly, they do visit them for information.