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Wednesday, March 12, 2003

Not every day, but today

Damien Penny is right. (Way, way right, but that's another post.) Jack, you're being silly, here, supporting that exploiter of the emotionally troubled, Deepak Chopra, in his call for the export of American culture as a way to encourage Iraqi revolution. I hope your comments were taken out of context... CNN is too culturally imperialist, but Disneyworld is okay?

Don't get me wrong... Disneyworld would be preferable to war. But, in fact, one of the arguments Gwynne Dyer made last week that I found convincing was that while television will revolutionize and democratize not just Iraq, but the entire region, it won't be television sent from the United States (or Canada, for that matter). It will be a network like al jazeera, speaking to the people of the region in their own language, people who understand that the word after "Islamic" does not have to be "terrorist". Cursor is helping to build a link between al jazeera and the English-speaking world. Want to support democracy in the Middle East? There's an excellent place to start.

But Disney... c'mon, Jack. I'm sure they'll love the "Aladdin" ride, with the music from the soundtrack:

"Oh I come from a land, from a faraway place / Where the caravan camels roam / Where they cut off your ear if they don't like your face / It's barbaric, but hey, it's home."

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