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Removal of American News Programming From MBC TV

By on Nov 26, 2006 in Politics | 1 comment

We the undersigned viewers of MBC in the Middle East abhor the constant broadcast of American produced news on an Arab TV Channel, and find that it as not much more than thinly veiled propaganda for what can only be considered a Western view point of current events. We do not accept the flimsy disclaimer that MBC 4, for example, has chosen to hide behind stating that American news broadcasts on the channel do not reflect the channel’s own opinions. The size of the tiny disclaimer insults our intelligence, and it’s very existence offends our sensibilities, and we hereby assert that aside from insulting mature viewers, these broadcasts are conditioning our children and youth towards a view of reality to which we do not subscribe. We believe that by constantly and repeatedly broadcasting these views MBC 4 is, in action, if not by word, committing itself to an alliance with...

From Ali G. To Borat – It’s STILL Not Funny…

By on Nov 14, 2006 in Media, Politics | 13 comments

I first saw an Ali G. show years ago. I laughed. I didn’t laugh much, but I did laugh once, as I ‘got’ the joke, and then something spectacularly simple happened; I no longer found it funny. Sacha Baron Cohen was, and continues to be, a one trick pony; 1 ) lie to people, 2) subject them to a false premise conducted by somebody pretending to be even more stupid than he really is, and 3) watch them get initially frustrated by the sheer idiocy put on display, before 4) they finally grow annoyed as they realize that this is nothing but a cheap offensive waste of their time. That was Ali G then, and that, today, is Borat. Needless to say, since Sacha is such a one trick pony, he can never quite play the same place twice, such is notoriety. Thus, having pretty much beaten a dead horse to shreds across the ocean, he now comes to Amerika – where the audience has not yet...

A Tiny Bit of Boycott History…

By on Nov 7, 2006 in Politics | 1 comment

Most people seem to dismiss boycotts as ineffectual, a quick look at the history of Coca-Cola and Pepsi in the Middle East seems to indicate that we have been led to sorely underestimate the purchasing power we wield when we act en masse. Take a look, you might want to reconsider your attitude. If you keep wondering what you can do, well, stupid as it sounds: Start with the basics.

What’s Wrong With Alan Shore?

By on Nov 2, 2006 in Media, Politics | 2 comments

Well, initially, nothing. Season 3 of Boston Legal, however, has put the character in grave danger. There are two reasons, not one, for why Alan Shore had been such a fascinating character in The Practice, and in the first episodes of Boston Legal. He had been (as he yet continues to be) quirky – and more importantly he had been (and by Season 3 he has lost this) – scary. This has been lost. We are no longer terrified at the extents to which Alan Shore might go in order to set things right. Alan Shore was the ultimate ‘egg breaker’ – when it came to omelette’s. In an episode of The Practice – he illegally obtains a document with which to effectively blackmail a pharmaceutical company into paying a settlement for a widow whose husband had apparently been driven suicidal by their drug. Her husband is dead, she has three children – Alan...

Trying To Keep My Cool…

By on Sep 28, 2006 in Media, Politics | 1 comment

What the hell is wrong with The Australian? Or more precisely, Roger Boyes in Berlin? They publish an article with the hideous and false title of ‘Mozart Sacrificed To The Muslims‘, about the German Opera performance that’s been cancelled for worries about a specific scene. The title is significant when you consider that the scene in question is not part of the original Opera, and is an ‘addition’ created by the Opera’s director. The objectionable material has nothing whatsoever to do with Mozart. And so, along come Roger and The Australian with a title claiming that Mozart has been sacrificed to ‘The Muslims’. Notice that; not the objections of a specific Islamic body in Germany, no – the title simply says ‘The Muslims’… If you read the article, Roger does get around to mentioning that the scene occurs in the...

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