Monday, August 20, 2007

proposed article in TimesofOman.com

Below you will find the newest article that was supposed to see it's way to being published on today's online edition of TimesofOman.com. But, unfortunately, it did not for a reason to which I do not know.

Please review it, and tell me your thoughts about the subject of the subject being discussed.

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Media Censorship

I used to be a very big supporter towards stopping censorship of different media news such as the news we see in the newspapers, TV, and even radio. And although I maintain my own private views with discretion over such issues locally and internationally, I have come to understand that some certain topics do actually require censorship to stop a waterfall effect that would prove negative directly and indirectly on other third parties.

I was always told to stay away – in matters of conversation – on topics about religion, politics and economics. As those were the three most topics that would otherwise cause a conflict in relationships, friendships and otherwise because of the clash of ideas, and perspectives.

As it stands, the Sultanate of Oman is still considered as a developing country, in the physical and mental sense. Since that it is still trying to catch up with everyone else in the world by bringing in modern technology, updating its cultural databases, and setting itself as a major international tourist hotspot for people across the globe. Along with that, there is also the matter of how our country's population constitutes of more than 75% people – male and female – under the age of 40 years. Something that stands as a challenge to develop the mental attributes of one's nation.

Therefore, being the most powerful medium into the minds of the people of the nation, it also carries a large burden on it's shoulders to uphold the responsibility of reporting true, justified facts along with setting the right momentum to pick the right time and place to hold a news headline that would not cause chaos unto the population that it stays in touch with.

I guess what I am trying to get at here is that I appreciate the freedoms that I have been given in Oman as a local as opposed to seeing the amount of chaos that could happen from an overload of freedom in the world outside the borders of my country

8 comments:

kapil said...

no idea man, cant really make anything out of it, i mean, he / she is just swaying to both sides i.e the positives and negatives.

Sleepless In Muscat said...

lol @ kapil..

that article was written by me, although it hasn't been published yet for some reason or another.

Yet, I do understand what you mean by swaying to either side. If I had my say on the issue, it would never be published. Therefore, I reserve the right to keep the mind of the read encapsulated in the issue by ferreting out the pros and cons.

flowerchild said...

I was just talking about this same issue with my dad today. Like in every case this too has its pros and cons. Like u said..this is a developing country..and it make sense trying to show the better side of the people and the country on the whole. Even though people are aware of the various things that are happening in this country...censorship assures that there isn't a widespread impact on the general public.

PS: with respect to ur writing these articles...don't you think you should stop writing for an audience and start writing for yourself? Just a suggestion... :)

Sleepless In Muscat said...

flowerchild:

lovely to have you back again.

by writing for myself - what do you mean?

Balqis said...

if you change the word censorship into something else, you have 50% chances that they publish it
if you change the topic completely, your chances raise up to 100%

:P

flowerchild said...

I've felt that you tend to hold back and/or at times your not true to your self and your believes when you write articles such as these that you want published. In a way it makes sense doing that since you are making the most of the opportunity you are getting. But like in this and some other articles you've written I've felt that since your not being true to yourself, the ideas you put across are quite conflicting and confusing at times.

I know I don't know you well enough to judge you based on what you write but this what I felt and thought I'd let you know. I didn't mean to offend you in anyway.

Sleepless In Muscat said...

Balqis:

none of the writers of the columns on the TimesofOman.com website have had their columns updated. It isn't because of the title of the topic.


flowerchild:

lol

:P

what makes you think I got offended? I was merely asking what you meant.

lol

Balqis said...

Then fine no prob