Friday, October 27, 2006

Suprise gem found in MSM

This article (from the LA times no less) is a great read. It's about the hope given to iraqi's from a reality tv show that was aired during Ramadan. They didn't tell me who won, but it was good information none the less.

But being the cynic and amoral bastard that I am, I had a thought. They filmed this show in the north, the relatively safe Kurdistan. Obviously, this was for security reasons. However, my thought is, now that they're established, and people like this show (eveidently it was a major hit.) maybe it's time to try the Baghdad edition. If someone died, then there would be national outrage against the murder gangs and devisionism. If no one dies, then they get to celebrate the fact that Baghdad was slightly safer than they thought. I think there would actually be little risk, because the show's producers would obviously take every measure they could to ensure safety, even if they didn't show it on TV, and they could publicise the effort so much that even the militants would hear about it somewhere, and the smarter ones among them would realize how bad it would be if they actually killed one of the national TV stars...even in a mistake. They would probably quiet things down a bit near the show's location to make sure no mistakes happen. Of course, I could easily be totaly wrong. I am just making the argument and presenting possibilities, after all.

Bonus Note: The TV station putting this on, Al Sharqiya, has been doing a lot of national unity type shows. Which is awesome. I wish there was a way that I could think that we had something to do with their success, either by supporting them monetarily or with production and ideas assistance. However, it appears that this is an entirely iraqi led venture. Which is, in fact, even cooler...


  1. Hi Ben,
    I didn't get a chance to read your whole page but it looks like you've started disecting a lot of good stories! I miss all of our discussions at ASP.


  2. Hey! It's good to hear from you!
    I get to read a lot of news where I'm working, so it's not far out of my way to write some stuff up for this. However, I haven't been able to do as much as I'd like. What do you think about these ideas?

    And, send me an e-mail for this stuff (either bensrants at gmail dot com, or to any of the other ones you have from me. I think sps's still works) But, how is senior year going? How's the college search? And I definitely miss you and the whole class from the summer. It would be a great world where I could do something like that all year...