Sunday, February 26, 2012

I hate “10 things I hate about”

On express tribute it has become a cliché and banal heading for the blogs and articles “10 things I hate about”.  I tried to list most recent articles with this stereotype heading.

Below is the list with title, author and date of publication on express tribune.


February 26, 2012

February 19, 2012

February 12, 2012

February 5, 2012

January 29, 2012

January 22, 2012

January 15, 2012

January 8, 2012

November 6, 2011

August 14, 2011

On reading the list, it is obvious that around 80% of the articles are written by girls and around 20% by boys. Each article has nothing to present anything new or with any logic, except three to four points, mostly all other points are just to fulfill the stomach so it can be called as “10 things to hate”. Even if one consider the topic names, they doesn’t carry any worth or point to be published but still they are being published almost one a week in Sunday magazine of express tribune.

Written by Girls vs Boys

I didn't understand why girls like to write on "10 things i hate about" and why express tribune love to publish these articles.

In conclusion, I would say, express tribune should look before what they are publishing. Topic with this name appears as authors have nothing to write and publishers are publishing as they are forced to publish. It normally become hard to read the whole article after reading this heading only.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Bash Military and your article will be published in Media

Whoever controls the media controls the mind -Jim Morrison. The myth has been created by the politicians of Pakistan, especially in the last 4 years, that all the problems of Pakistan are due to the Pakistan Military. Even the media carries the same myth and publish all hatred against Army. The biggest example of this has been recently published in Dawn on February 17, 2012, “The Military Myth” by Aasim Sajjad Akhtar.

The author started with his anger that why none of the politician or media has raised voice against the Chief of the army staff’s claim that armed forces are allocated only 18 percent of total government outlay. He presumed that as Army is more powerful than politicians and media so no one is saying anything against it. After the initial introduction, he never proved it wrong later in his article; even he didn’t bother to discuss it.

In his article he put all of the emphases on so called myth that army blames the feudal and politicians for the corruption and tried to prove that it is the strategy which is tried and tested and completely wrong. It seems he also believes in myths because in order to counter this he didn’t brought any authentic reference that feudal or politicians were never involved in the corruption.

Trying to counter the argument, according to his supposition that it is mostly presented by army men, that biggest reason for politicians to be corrupted could be due to their feudal background, he presented the example of Jamshed Dasti and Sheikh Rashid. According to him, both of them were not from feudal background but rather from humble urban areas. He failed to realize that although these politicians are not feudal by birth but they possess the feudal mentality, how you can imagine a person with a humble background can forge with his degrees.  When someone talks about the problem of feudal that actually refers to the mindset of those people otherwise in history there are many examples when a person possess lot of land but always remained humble.

To conclude all this, I would say that the entire article was based on hypothetical myth and was full effort to malign Pakistan Army. The article was full of baseless arguments just to prove that Army is in full control of Pakistan and all the bad things happening in Pakistan are due to Army.  Media also seems to check only one thing before publishing any article that it should be against Army.  These days politicians are using media to turn every Pakistani mind against Army as stated by Julie Christie, “The status quo and the media is doing everything it can to fry children's brains and make them grow up maladjusted.”