With vast advancements in technology, particularly with regard to the world wide web, we can now see people from all walks of life coming together over a common interest, for example a popular book, fashion, food, and many more.
Thanks to websites and social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, it’s no mean feat for you to communicate with others who live halfway around the world about subjects that all of you might have a common love for.
This is something that would have been nearly impossible in the past—before the advent of the computer. Communication would have taken weeks, maybe even months.
So in this article, Youth.SG features three Singapore-based communities that have come into being through this wonderful thing called the Internet.
Have you ever wanted to be a Jedi, dressed mysteriously in a long robe and engaged in lightsaber fights? You’re not alone.
FightSaber SG is the result of Azmi Danuri’s search for fellow lightsaber enthusiasts. Started in 2010, the group frequently come together to hone their skills with replica lightsabers while decked out in their Star Wars costumes. They have even been asked to perform at gatherings and parties.
THE HOMEPAGE FOR FIGHTSABER'S WEBSITE
The group was founded when Azmi, a 26-year-old video editor, first trawled through forums dedicated to Star Wars and replica weapons before finding his first member, 21-year-old Samuel Loke. The undergraduate was excited to join, as he has always wanted to emulate the Jedi on the big screen.
Azmi then started the FightSaber SG website where people can check out pictures and videos of what they do, as well as make bookings for them to perform at gatherings and parties.
FightSaber SG grew over time and they are now a community with about 30 members, most of whom were recruited through the website itself.
Azmi has credited the Internet as playing a huge role in getting the word out to potential members, as well as people who would like to book them as performers.
He says: “Yes the Internet has definitely helped, most of our members have found us online, though there are a few who have approached us after seeing us perform.”
TWO FIGHTSABER MEMBERS ENGAGING IN A LIGHTSABER BATTLE
Just recently, they have ventured into social media—setting up a Facebook page as well as a Twitter account. As a result, their community has grown even more.
Most of FightSaber SG’s members come from different backgrounds; some of them are anime cosplayers, immigration officers, national servicemen and even a scholar who is currently based in London.
FIGHTSABER MEMBERS ALL DECKED OUT AND POSING IN THEIR JEDI COSTUMES
Despite their differences, Azmi doesn’t feel that there is any awkwardness when they meet, mainly because all of them share the same interests in Star Wars and lightsaber duels.
Once complete strangers, the members of the FightSaber SG community now meet up about six times a month to bond over their common love for the iconic science-fiction film series.
MEMBERS PUT IN HOURS OF TRAINING
This is indeed testament to the fact that meeting new people from all over the world and expanding one’s social circle has become much easier thanks to the Internet.
IMAGES: FIGHTSABER SG
It seems that fans would go to great lengths to showcase their love for things such as books, films, and even products. And with the advent of technology, we can bear witness to such admirable dedication.
Take for example these two fansites:
Twilight Singapore is a local website dedicated to anything that is to do with author Stephenie Meyer’s supernatural book series, Twilight.
Founded by Nasyita Mashuni in May 2008, the community has grown since its inception and its members have actively celebrated their love of the books and movie adaptations by conducting soirees, meet-ups and even film screenings. The group is also active on Facebook and Twitter.
TWILIGHTSINGAPORE.COM—A COVEN FOR ALL SINGAPOREAN TWILIGHTERS!
As featured in an article on Youth.SG, Twilight Singapore recently held an event at the Geylang East Public library to celebrate the release of the second final Twilight film, Breaking Dawn Part 1.
The event was just one of many more that the girls have organised, and truly shows how devoted they are to the series.
SOME OF THE MAIN MEMBERS OF THE TWILIGHT SINGAPORE COMMUNITY AT THE 'BREAKING DAWN: FOREVER AND AFTER' EVENT
Hunger Games Singapore
Much like Twilight Singapore, Hunger Games Singapore is also a fanpage that constantly keeps up to date on everything related to the popular book series by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games.
The trilogy follows Katniss Everdeen, a young woman who lives in a dystopian world where several selected youths are forced to participate in a brutal and lethal game called the Hunger Games.
HUNGERGAMESSINGAPORE.WORDPRESS.COM—THE PERFECT PLACE FOR SINGAPOREAN FANS OF THE HUNGER GAMES TRILOGY
One can still see the kind of dedication that its founders have for The Hunger Games despite the community's relatively small fanbase, with every post featuring a video, a contest, or a news article about the trilogy.
Cat Welfare Society
The Cat Welfare Society (CWS) is a local online community whose members have come together due to their love for cats. Officially approved and registered on Oct 23, 1999, it functions as a charity organisation that seeks to improve the welfare of cats in Singapore.
The society receives absolutely no funding from the government or external organisations, relying solely on membership subscriptions, donations and fund-raising activities. Volunteers carry out most of the work, which assures that proceeds from donations go directly to helping cats.
CWS AT A FLEA EVENT
These members meet up occasionally for events they organise, such as the annual Spay Day, carried out every year since 2006. For one day a year, CWS provides free sterilisation for community cats, even inviting celebrity Karen Mok to endorse them in 2011.
Other events would include their Annual General Meeting of the Cat Welfare Society where members meet to discuss their plans and direction for the year.
A CWS DISCUSSION SESSION
Their Facebook page and website have made interaction between members of the group much easier.
THE CWS FACEBOOK PAGE
Appeals for help are posted up onto Facebook in real time, and other members can comment to inform of their donations instantly. This has greatly aided their work in helping community cats in Singapore.
Furthermore, their presence online has also made it easier for other people to discover or find out more about the organisation and what they do.
IMAGES: CAT WELFARE SOCIETY