Monday, January 22, 2007

Biased Media

Over the past few weeks we have been bombarded with visual campaigns from both parties involved in the current power-struggle in our country...

Billboards plastered all over the street are strewn with accusations, figures, statistics and statements... What started as a campaign entitled "I Love Life" was appropriated and became "I Love Life in color / in dignity / without debt" and countless other variations...

If only we had reached the level of political debate in the truest sense of the word, whereby these informational campaigns that appeal to people's intellect would be sufficient to allow them to make an informed decision and to choose rationally which politician to align with and support.

Alas, the dominating factor as always, lies elsewhere... and the campaigns that translated into a heated war of words, provided ammunition for the politicians on the battlefields of the media
with each local TV channel championing the cause of its political founder, and therefore fundamentally flawed in its biased portrayal of the situation in Lebanon, playing out in favor of its sponsor...

And as more of our means of communication succumb to the unscrupulous standards of today's political players, the public loses its sources of information, and left with no other option than
its religious ideologies, or historical alliances, it is caught in a stand-still between the past and the present, while what is really at stake is the future.


At Monday, January 22, 2007 , Blogger beyondluo said...

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At Monday, January 22, 2007 , Blogger MarxistFromLebanon said...

Think if only they poured these lousy campaigns costs into the loans (reference to both camps).

At Tuesday, January 23, 2007 , Blogger Margaret said...

You are so right mfl. The money spent on these campaigns could have been spent on the debt or on reforming Lebanon's political system.
Thank you hopeful beirut for concentrating on using words and not images. With all the image bombardement around the "I love life" ads it is refreshing to look at text on a white page.
I really love your writing by the way :)


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