Saturday, August 06, 2005

The Shuttle "Discovery" of the Egyptian Mass Media

I cannot resist giving our blessed Egyptian mass media some good time whenever possible. I just cannot resist the temptation to sing the praises and acknowledge how lucky we are. Egyptian media are so smart and need to be challenged all the time.

US astronaut Stephen Robinson carried out a risky repair to Discovery, pulling out two ceramic fibers that experts feared could have caused the shuttle to overheat when it returns to Earth. The operation was made successfully with no hitch.

American TV stations are interrupting their broadcast to bring live miraculous pictures from space. Everyone is so happy and proud of what is going on in the space after 2 and half years of interruption following Colombia. Pictures showing from space were incredible.

Egyptian TV and radio stations are interrupting for a four hour informative live transmission showing President Mubarak inaugurating a bridge. I am not so sure that this “inaugurating bridge” concept is deemed relevant and clear enough to everyone reading this blog. This is the sad reality in which we (Egyptians) are living. We learned about the process of inaugurating a street, pedestrian sidewalk, red light traffic and tuna cans. You name it and Mubarak inaugurates it.

Dangling at the end of a 17.7 meters long robotic arm with a hacksaw and forceps, Robinson became the first astronaut to carry out a spacewalk beneath the shuttle during orbit. He easily pulled out the two problematic protruding pieces of ceramic fiber under the nose of Discovery within minutes of each other.

The shuttle travels at about 26,500 kilometers per hour into the atmosphere, pushing temperatures on the shuttle skin to 1,370 degrees Celsius during reentry. For Mubarak’s parades to cross one of Cairo’s streets, thousands of soldiers have to mass up in lines since morning under the burning sun, even if he is going to do his errand at the end of the day. Two-hour is the minimum time to be stuck in your car until the President ends his errand.

While American viewers keep watching every second their space shuttle taking off to the space, we (Egyptians) keep counting how many Mercedes Benz and BMWs are moving as the President’s parade drives to its destination paralyzing Cairo. It is the most popular joke in Cairo when there is too much traffic to hear Egyptians say “Where did He go today?” If you are smart enough and you have urgent errands to run, you‘d better follow or predict the route to get things done.

Space shuttles take off to the space while we watch our ailing Arab leaders taken to their graves if not going to paralyze our lives with their errands.

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At 10:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not a big Discovery that the Egyptian press runs the President as their main story. The only reason of their existence is paying hommage to the great leader. If you open the paper 9 out of 10 times it will show a picture of the President meeting someone. Anyone for that matter. Its not about the interlocutor, its about Mubarak. The rest of the pages is dedicated to the family and their activities. The replacement of the editors in chief a few weeks ago did not have any influence on these publications.

At 10:20 AM, Blogger Freedom for Egyptians said...

The "Discovery" of the Egyptian media is in place with its function... A blind leading the crippled - No offence is meant for the disabled.

At 11:03 AM, Anonymous mostafa said...

Take a look at the first "self-protrait" photo in this page.

At 2:26 PM, Blogger Freedom for Egyptians said...

This is miraculous mostafa.I was so impressed by every shot taken from the space. I was watching TV like a child. The shuttle will be back on Monday so more to come.
يا عيني على حظينا

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At 11:08 AM, Blogger Wajih said...

hello everyone, i was just searching through different blogs n came across this nice one. i know how u people feel. i am also a one like u. i came from pak to study engineering in uk. currently i am a student here. the situation in every muslim country is like the same. i know wen 3 trains collided in pak (killing 200 people) musharraf visited the place which halted every emergency service to reach to these poor people. i know the kind of frustation u people r going through; bcoz i was also feeling the same wen i was in my country. now here, i have no worries, no tension or frustation. i have seen many nice people; i am completely sponsored for health by the govt. i can vote and have every legal rights. though i am not their citizen! i have more privileges than in my country; n the police is very nice too. i hope we c these things in our country as well. amen

At 11:51 AM, Blogger Freedom for Egyptians said...

Hi Wajih,

I am so happy that you are sharing with me the same concerns though Egypt and Pakistan are geographically far from each other. I wish all those living either under dictatorships or a muslim country claiming tolerance and have the experience of living abroad to admit so frankly as you did that other civilized countries treat them better than their native countries which is always the case with Egypt.

At 8:34 PM, Blogger Wajih said...

i had no idea that egyptian people did not like mubarak at all. now i came to know a lot. i remember wen i was in my country and there was a brigade of luxury cars n police vans making way for every minister. the traffic stopped; there was a whole mess in traffic everywhere; people could not go to work or anything. i wish tey never visited our city. i know their security is imp, but if they have to just put up a name on a plate, or something, it's useless. it never happens here. though there r some discrepencies too, like police always playing sirens which r more common after these attacks, but still people do not mind. but it does not happen for the MPs.

At 9:18 PM, Blogger Freedom for Egyptians said...

I think Britain is a normal country. What happens in Egypt or Pakistan is the abnormal. Why all this money is spent on the security when it is supposed to be spent on the development of Egypt and the people.

At 8:49 PM, Blogger *lynne* (azlynne1972) said...

hi, i was pointed here by the NeoWorx LittleNeo counter. Excellent site, and good points raised!


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