Friday, February 11, 2011

Egypt

For a while I didn't know that something was going on in Egypt. I was happy. Then I knew Egypt was in the news for some reason. So I had to carefully avoid knowing about it. Mildly annoying but still I could manage avoiding news. Now for some reason my Facebook timeline is congratulating Egypt. Yes. You heard it right - Egypt the country. How does one congratulate a country? More importantly - why?

What sense of achievement does one get from posting a message that congratulates an entire country? Who is going to respond and say 'thank you'? All I saw was a few more people from the poster's same country going 'yay' and pressing the 'like' button.

I guess I am having one of those days - where I feel really smug about my decision to never watch/read the news.

15 comments:

Sreekrishnan said...

same feel here. its just a hype that people can over throw a govt in the middle east idea from US. CNN started Bharkha Dutt went there and tried to get the cake out of that sensation. Shabba thaangala !


The comedy is the President of the country stepped down .. and handed over the country to military. I dont know why its called success.

Anonymous said...

Whats happening in Egypt (and Tunisia) is actually awesome. It doesnt affect anyone living outside these countries. But such things restore my faith in human race .... that people collectively can actually make a difference. It gives me optimism that a "no-one" can actually make a difference. That peace still works.

-Prabhu

Kokki Kumarru said...

You shouldn have avoided the news but facebook.

Dr.Dheep said...

Even now i have no idea what happened in egypt, apart frm the titbit tat indian businessmen's wives couldnt shop around cos they were confined to their hotels due to the coup - TOI mobile is my one and only news source.

Extra-Ordinarily Ordinary said...

The point about the folks on FB and Twitter who are posting the Egypt related news/statuses are the folks who do not care a damn not littering on the streets in their home country, find it fashionable to say they don't follow politics and as a rule completely disavow religion especially if they are of the zebra crossing or stumps variety.

In the case of Egypt, Raman aandalum Raavanan aandhalum kadhai dhaan. Apparently one dictator is going out and a religious and intolerant faction is replacing them?

Anonymous said...

Egypt is a country that has managed to topple a corrupt government that has been in existence for decades in a matter or weeks, because of One college student who set himself on fire. I think it's pretty big news worthy of congratulating an entire country. This one incident alone has caused all those dictators and kings in the middle east to start shitting in their pants, cuz they're scared that they might be next. Erm, it's pretty big news, man.

Anonymous said...

It may not matter to you. It doesn't affect my life or most of the people I know. But still it just shows that when faced with injustice, people could would stretch their limits to do things which they normally wouldn't.

Extra-Ordinarily Ordinary:
What do you propose ? Go down the drain under the dictator ?

Arun Sundar said...

Yeah, people in facebook!

Venkat said...

Congratulating the country was downright stupid..
but I am not sure I agree with some of the 'what's the big deal comments'..
It's not happened too many times in the history of the 'civilized world' where the population at large have effected something this big, it's also having a cascading effect in traditionally authoritarian countries like Bahrain and Jordan. I am not saying it's good or bad, just that it's BIG!
Saying don't follow the news because it doesn't effect your life directly sounds ..stupid..
Saying don't get carried away and do stupid things like congratulating is understandable...
I agree with Kokki, you should probably have just ignored/avoided the idiots on facebook...

I said...

Fuck Egypt, totally. But as you once pointed out about another subject, it all boils down to interest and exposure.

Venkat said...

you think you are good, but you are not. you suck.

Hawkeye said...

there to be a term that describes people who unwilling to accept their own irrelevance.

Venkat said...

Yes; and it will describe you the best.

Hawkeye said...

LOL.. wasting such comeback on irrelevant people.. romba kovam kovama varudha? does your self-worth and insecurity depend so much on watching daily news?

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