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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Tarek & Al-Jazeera

It seems that Tarek's recent post on Al-Jazeera is not appealing to a minority of readers (and that's more than normal), but the fact of gratuitously ignoring the matrix of the story and letting the bridle loose to irresponsable and childish attacks on Tarek, is not acceptable.When will be the time we will learn how to conduct an objective and constructive debate??? Ya dhnoubi...

11 Comments:

Blogger Napo said...

it won't happen anytime soon.
There will always be one or two who spoils a debate..
I guess we have to learn to live with that.

Btw, i do not share Tarek's view on the recent events, he took rather a harsh stance towards al-jazeera. Reactions like that do not help resolve the crisis, moderation is key here

1:09 PM  
Blogger Hannibal said...

Napo I think it was a bit emotional but nevertheless this does not mean we should question the integrity of someone.As you said moderation is the key.

1:31 PM  
Anonymous Saied said...

D'après Tarek, Aljazeera serait plus opaque qu’une chaîne biélorusse.

2:24 PM  
Blogger Tarek said...

No worries, I got used to it Hannibal, and I am actually surprised I receiver fewer and milder attacks than before :)) Regulars of my blogs must know what I'm talking about.

I will always express my views the way I want, not the way people want them to be expressed (or not :) I think readers of my blog and the wider blogosphere have gradually come to understand this policy. I could really not care less if my ideas don't appeal or are perceived as too radical for some people's liking. I am expressing my opinion and not looking for a consensus. Why do people get disturbed by a different opinion??!

Anyway, thanks for raising this issue Hannibal, and koll 3am wenti 7ayy bkhir :)

2:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That remebers me the very few times I had a discussion with some of my old tunisian friend about subjects other than soccer, cars or sex. We (Tunisians and arabs) tend to take things very personnally, you have to say what he wants to hear or else it becomes personnal. When you have different opinions, it is as if you're accusing them of being liars and the reaction is sometimes out of proportion. I also noticed that it is always men who have such behavior, womens tend to be more open to such discussions.
So as of when we learn to conduct an objective and constructive debate? I don't think it will be in our lifetime

2:34 PM  
Anonymous Houssein said...

Why do you guys care about a bunch of idiots. You can't just get rid of this kind of childish attacks, It is an inevitable behaviour in social interactions magnified by Web anonymity.

I usualy find the discussions in Tarek's blog very interesting, often more that his own posts :-)

Just skip wothless comments, which are a minority by the way.

2:48 PM  
Anonymous Houssein said...

Oh come on samsoum, it is not a tunisian/arabs typical behaviour. It is just being human.

2:50 PM  
Blogger Lowe said...

Would you be kind and read my thoughts on the issue, on a post entitled "Adieu Doha ???"

I've also posted a comment on Tarek's post.

It's not a self-glossing comment ;-)

3:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Houssein, I rarely get into big arguments with americans, europeans, asians or indians. It happens more (not always) with tunisians and arabs and that is on both professionnal and personal level. I know it is a bad habit to generalise, but that's my experience anyway...

3:36 PM  
Anonymous Houssein said...

samsoum, take a look at some major political (Daily Kos, Michelle Malkin) or techy (slashdot like) US or european blogs, forums, or social sites (Digg like).

Politics, for example, was and will allways be a dirty game, and that is FMHO a cultural independent fact. When there is controversy there is always a possibility for dirty attacks...

While I could agree on the assertion that we, tunisians and arabs are not accustomed to contradictory debates and exchange of opposite ideas, I can not say that is a general truth. Everything is relative I guess!

4:30 PM  
Blogger Napo said...

Samsoum, we should not go that far. We have such behaviour, in the blogsphere, right now in this thread.

"You either accept my ideas and come to terms to understand my policy or get disturbed and chill out"

Talking about debate? Give me a break...

BTW I've just looked at Saied's post. Not only the statement your statement on al-jazeera is totally false (though you stand behind it which is good) how can you justify tweaking the time of your post on tn-blogs to stay on top?

ohh wait....i guess it's an Executive Decision !!! :-)

5:19 PM  

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