Do expats really care about the locals?

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Do expats really care about the locals?

Post by AlonzoPartriz » Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:32 pm

I posted two articles from local newspapers recently, and they both only got about 30 or 40 reads.
They both directly involved poor Cambodians. One was an article talking about an MFI busted for dodgy practices, and fined $100,000. The other was about a new​ minimum wage that is going to be pushed through by the PM.
I see very high read counts for things like nudity, pies and BK Trapper's adventures in Wonderland though. Am I right in believing that Cambodian expats don't care much about the local poor population in general? If so, why?
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Re: Do expats really care about the locals?

Post by bobsboots » Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:42 pm

AlonzoPartriz wrote:
Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:32 pm
I posted two articles from local newspapers recently, and they both only got about 30 or 40 reads.
They both directly involved poor Cambodians. One was an article talking about an MFI busted for dodgy practices, and fined $100,000. The other was about a new​ minimum wage that is going to be pushed through by the PM.
I see very high read counts for things like nudity, pies and BK Trapper's adventures in Wonderland though. Am I right in believing that Cambodian expats don't care much about the local poor population in general? If so, why?
Interesting point. I think it is more to do with human nature. If an event involving other people affects us in some way then we care. If that event in no way affects our lives then it is easy to ignore, even if we shouldn't as caring people ignore it.
As for there being most posts for Trapper and pies, I guess that in the current political climate we are now in, people tend to turn towards a good laugh rather than face the reality of poor people suffering
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Re: Do expats really care about the locals?

Post by John Bingham » Wed Aug 23, 2017 10:07 pm

I know plenty of local people, and very few of those I'm closest to would be considered well-off at all. I deal with all sorts of people every day, and none of them ever mentions MFIs or minimum wages as it doesn't affect them. It's all very well to care from a distance, I just deal with what's in front of me.
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Re: Do expats really care about the locals?

Post by StroppyChops » Wed Aug 23, 2017 10:29 pm

AlonzoPartriz wrote:
Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:32 pm
Am I right in believing that Cambodian expats don't care much about the local poor population in general?
Clearly not as much as you care about getting your posts read.

No, seriously, was this a serious question? Some of us work against poverty all day, 6-7 days a week, and would like to do other things with our online time.

Or are you just trolling?
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Post by Bitte_Kein_Lexus » Wed Aug 23, 2017 10:30 pm

Same. The last thing they need is pity. Also, there are plenty of news articles floating around here and most get no replies. They're mostly there for informative purposes, so if you do the same and don't try to open up a debate of some sort, people will just gloss over them and move on.
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Re: Do expats really care about the locals?

Post by JUDGEDREDD » Wed Aug 23, 2017 10:33 pm

AlonzoPartriz wrote:
Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:32 pm
I posted two articles from local newspapers recently, and they both only got about 30 or 40 reads.
They both directly involved poor Cambodians. One was an article talking about an MFI busted for dodgy practices, and fined $100,000. The other was about a new​ minimum wage that is going to be pushed through by the PM.
I see very high read counts for things like nudity, pies and BK Trapper's adventures in Wonderland though. Am I right in believing that Cambodian expats don't care much about the local poor population in general? If so, why?
I think it applies to most, not just expats and Cambodians
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Post by epidemiks » Wed Aug 23, 2017 10:49 pm

Camaan. Unless you're breaking the story, news, real news, is generally read elsewhere, prior to it being reposted here. Not opening a thread with an excerpt of something I've already read in its entirety =/= anything like what you're trying to stir up.
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Post by Jamie_Lambo » Wed Aug 23, 2017 11:48 pm

Bitte_Kein_Lexus wrote:
Wed Aug 23, 2017 10:30 pm
Same. The last thing they need is pity. Also, there are plenty of news articles floating around here and most get no replies. They're mostly there for informative purposes, so if you do the same and don't try to open up a debate of some sort, people will just gloss over them and move on.
exactly this,
those other threads are made for discussion, and will attract a bigger view/reply count
if your sat watching/reading the news at home, how often do you feel the need to text your best friend about each article

theres not many news pages on here be it about barang or khmer that go more than a page or 2
unless the nature of the story brings on discussions of conflicting viewpoints or some form of investigation as to who/what/where or why etc
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Post by cptrelentless » Thu Aug 24, 2017 1:19 am

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Re: Do expats really care about the locals?

Post by Anchor Moy » Thu Aug 24, 2017 2:00 am

@ OP, because you think that people on this forum don't pay enough attention to your posts, you conclude that expats in general don't care about the locals ?
There could be any number of reasons why people are not responding to your posts as you would like them to do, but your conclusion is not necessarily valid.
It's good to post about things that interest you and that you feel passionate about, but as others have said, if you want discussion there needs to be something to discuss.
If it will cheer you up, you might notice that some of your threads have generated some good discussions, but you can't expect everyone to be onboard every time. That's just how it works, and sometimes you may look back years later and see that finally your post has been viewed hundreds or thousands of times. It's just been slow to take off.
This is an internet forum and you (mostly) choose to post news articles for discussion that are available elsewhere. If you are disappointed, then maybe you should make your posts a bit more interesting than the average news report. Just a suggestion.
Last thing, as a personal opinion, I think that you cut and paste articles that are far too long to keep a reader's attention. Learn to edit a bit.

Maybe it's not what you are saying, but how you are saying it ?
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