Monday, February 21, 2005

The Great Divide

Is there a great divide between Arab bloggers? Saudi Jeans thinks so and he's written an interestng short article about it. He puts Arab bloggers in two groups. Group A are those who blog in English while Group B is the Arabic writers.
The great divide can be shown clearly by the variation of the qualities in every group. For example, most members of group A are liberals who look to West with admire, and tend to criticize the situation in their countries harshly. They have little or no HTML knowledge, and they like to start blogging using a free service such as Blogger.

In the other hand, most members of group B are expert programmers who look to West in suspicious, and write their blogs with Islamic sense.
Full article here.

I was thinking about the very same issue when I first started bookmarking and following Arabic blogs. I found it quite padadoxical that the best programmers were often the most religious.

Commenting on the article, Nibaq said: I dont think bloggers should put links in their blogroll of places and ideas they dont like or dont share the same mind set.

I agree with him- and incidently, I finally got around to adding a blogroll of my own. But if you check out the links here on the right, they do vary. The blogs which I read regularly vary in quality and content. They're not all very serious. Some are just diaries, and some I even disagree with. For example: I've added Free Brain's blog even though it is extremely offensive. In fact, I wouldn't recommend it to most people. Yet, I visit it daily. Some days I laugh till my sides hurt, and some days I find myself thinking "ok this is too much, even for me."

Anyhow, do take the time to read the full text.


Masquerader said...

I like your website. Some of the commentaries are amusing. I like the humor, mockery and wit in some of the blogs.

As for this blog in particular. There are some points that are far-fetched but nevertheless, it was an insight to something I didn't give much thought b4.

Wardat_il'7leej said...

I haven’t read the full article even though I will be doing it soon after writing this comment. ( which makes me realize that I might change my opinion but I am too charged up to concede to reading)

Anyhow….. I do not agree with the categorization and the definition the writer wrote about Group A. The Arab writers who sort of glorify the West and thus write blogs to ‘compete’ or stay at the same hierarchy level as them. If a person be him/her from any region has the right to open or create a blog to their own desire. I resent being placed in a category when the reader simply assumes and voices his opinions without thoroughly knowing or researching his findings.

Masquerader said...

I'd like to add that the writer just shared his general observations which has no basis to come to such a conclusion. The only part that I may somewhat agree with is when he mentioned that Group B are expert programmers. However, there is no basis when he mentions the reasons why there is that great divide between the two. I don't give him any merit for making such categorization because I, as one Arab Blogger who has a blog in English is actually quite the opposite of how he would describe the category I fall under.

The strongest image I get is not how the categories were being described, but the writer himself, in a blog willingly finding fault with both categories they see. It's stereotyping, hence the author loses credibility.

Nevertheless, the part about having little HTML knowledge vs a lot was the only interesting part. I decided to browse through and see for myself. Interesting.

Bahrania said...

hi muscati and OD,

just to say u got a cool blog going on here..maybe u can get the baby to start posting too!

I agree with Saudi Jeans, and i made the same observations that he pointed which was the reason that drove me to start blogging a few months ago. I got sick of being labelled an 'islamist' on Mahmood's Den so i thought i needed a blogspace of my own where i can be as islamist as i like! The attempt was to bridge the gap between group A and B.

This isnt a problem for Omani blogs I guess as there are hardly any out there!

Kay said...

i dont think thats entirely true bahrania, we might have started off slow and not in big numbers yet but its a growing process. i started my joint on last month and before that was reading around and started off with the omani blogs. i personally dont see a big gap between omani blogs just yet.

but i think we should stop labeling blogs and putting them into groups and just let them be. isnt that the whole point? a window to express urself, thoughts and ideas ?even if different groups dont include each other on their rolls, they r definitely reading and keeping taps...

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