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Media, Morality And Us

By YLH

This is a short blog to condemn Aaj TV and other such media outlets which play on our middle class’ confused morality for viewership. Switching channels, I came across a sick new TV show called “Target” by Aaj Tv.

It targets mini-cinemas, internet cafes and other places that lower middle class and piss poor pay 20 rupees for cheap entertainment. The anchor- a typical buffoon- is found running with no less than 2 dozen armed policemen chasing poor and hapless laborers and what not escaping some of these mini-cinemas.

I wonder why the poor always get targetted by such TV station. Well because these people can’t fight back. One can count half a dozen different fundamental rights that the anchor and the policemen who aid him violate in the process of this imbecilic show. These people are manhandled and slapped around and also shown on TV.

The police ought to be keeping law and order and that does not mean oppressing people and stopping them from having a good time. Pakistan’s law does not allow for arbitrary morality policing. Sanctity and privacy – believe it or not- are fundamental rights. Instead a warped interpretation and twist on “thou shall stop evil and enjoin good” has become prevalent in society. It feeds losers and third rate wannabes who then appear on TV and play on the middle class’ morality as well curiosity.

Don’t we have bigger problems? Terrorists are blowing up left right and center and we are concerned about whether people are watching porn or as the show refers to it “fahashi”? More than the stupid TV channel that is promoting this nonsense one wonders what our police and their superiors are thinking allowing such control freakery and waste of tax payer money. Did it occur to them that their time could be better spent protecting our life, liberty and property- something they are paid to do?

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Ahmadinejad and Palin: Kindred Souls

 By Juan Cole 

 Is Sarah Palin America’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? The two differ in many key respects, of course, but it is remarkable how similar they are.

There are uncanny parallels in their biographies, their domestic politics and the way they present themselves — even in their rocky relationships with party elders. Both are former governors of a northwest frontier state with great natural beauty (in Ahmadinejad’s case, Ardabil). Both are known for saying things that produce a classic Scooby-Doo double take in their audiences. Both appeal to a sort of wounded nationalism, speaking of the sacrifice of dedicated troops for an often feckless public, and identifying themselves with the common soldier. Continue reading

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