Archive for January 2011

Media Hostility – Entertainment or Incitement?

Jan 29th, 2011 | By | Category: Ethics, Samaa TV

The past two days we have looked at two subjects that might seem unrelated, but actually have quite a bit in common: Meher Bokhari’s treatment of Salmaan Taseer and the theory of ‘Amusing ourselves to death’. These two seemingly unrelated items are connected by the common bond of entertainment and influence. A question must asked […]



Amusing Ourselves to Death

Jan 28th, 2011 | By | Category: Ethics

American cultural critic Neil Postman published a book in the 1980s, ‘Amusing Ourselves to Death‘, in which he argues that societies become easily manipulated and people lose their rights to totalitarian governments when media emphasizes entertainment over information. He witnessed this phenomenon in an American society that was more concerned with professional athletes and Hollywood […]



Meher Bokhari and the Future of Pakistani Media

Jan 25th, 2011 | By | Category: PEMRA, Samaa TV

Meher Bokhari’s story should be a permanent fixture in journalism school as a warning to those future media stars who might be tempted to sacrifice all consideration of ethics, responsibility, and the safety of others for a boost in ratings and personal careers. The final chapter in Bokhari’s story has not been written, though, and […]



First US Controls the Weather, Now Time Travel Also

Jan 24th, 2011 | By | Category: Jang, The News

An article by Azim Mian published in both Jang and The News claims that President Zardari has engaged in a conspiracy against the media by convincing members of the US Congress to write a letter to Hillary Clinton requesting that visas not be granted to “media men not condemning the killing of Salman Taseer”. Judging […]



Return of the Celebrity Mufti Show

Jan 22nd, 2011 | By | Category: Express News, PEMRA

According to Express Tribune, ‘Four million flood victims still homeless’. The security situation in Karachi continues to be fragile. Terrorists continue to target with suicide bombers. Of all of the many social ills that cry out desperately for attention, which is the most pressing for Kamran Shahid to feature on his news programme? Veena Malik. […]



Nadeem F. Paracha: The fantastical world of advertising

Jan 21st, 2011 | By | Category: Blogs

What would life be like if it resembled any of the numerous TV commercials that are forced down our already choked throats? For starters, all the women in the family would remain (dressed to the nines, of course) in a kitchen, preparing all kinds of food with a favourite cooking oil which they see as […]



Our New Media Muftis

Jan 20th, 2011 | By | Category: The News

Nevermind that militants have begun using young girls as suicide bombers to kill innocent Muslims, or the fact that lawyers – the very people who are supposed to uphold the laws of the country – are making the most curious arguments to protect a man who admits to cold-blooded murder. No, the biggest problem with […]



Don’t Trust. Don’t Verify.

Jan 19th, 2011 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories

Mosharraf Zaidi’s column, ‘Reason versus Unreason’, is an interesting look at the contradictory attitudes we see expressed on number of topics. One thing he didn’t touch on, though, was the battle between ‘reason versus unreason’ in the media and the way topics are discussed has left us with an upside down way of thinking about […]



Ahmed Quraishi and Hamid Mir and the Imaginary ‘Extremist Liberal’

Jan 17th, 2011 | By | Category: Jang, The News

I must admit that I was surprised to see Ahmed Quraishi eulogizing Salmaan Taseer this morning. He eloquently praises the late Governor for his principled stand and laments his killing. But I also found his column somewhat crass – a political operative exploiting a national tragedy to promote his political agenda. Ahmed Quraishi’s eulogy for […]



Second Day of The News Misinformation on Zardari Trip

Jan 16th, 2011 | By | Category: Jang, The News

For the second day in a row, The News has featured incomprehensible coverage of President Zardari’s trip to the US for the memorial of diplomat Richard Holbrooke. The 15 January issue of The News included an article on page four of the National section that boasts the headline, Zardari’s mysterious meetings with Obama, CIA chief’. […]



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