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From BuzzFeed: A Pakistani Points Out Six Homeland Fails

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I’ve already mentioned my frustration with Homeland in an earlier post. Now BuzzFeed is doing the same with the help of Pakistani activist, lawyer, and independent politician Mohammad Jibran Nasir. Given his experiences and pedigree, Nasir is able to pinpoint all that is wrong ranging from the ill-researched (language,clothing) to the downright offensive (naming the big bad after the Pakistani ambassador to the U.S.).

When you depict/reference other cultures in your programming, you owe them the due process of accurate portrayal. In fact, such flaws demote the overall quality of an otherwise well-written show.

Judging by the video, Nasir only viewed the two-part season 4 opener. Things remained checkered at best further down the season. Durban was in no way a suitable stand-in for Islamabad. Ayaan’s girlfriend not only struggled with legible Urdu, but her ‘accented’ English had the most peculiar lilt to it. Conversely, props to Nimrat Kaur who played ISI agent Tasneem Qureishi brilliantly, for getting the performance AND the language down pat.

P.S. Check out Mohammad Jibran Nasir’s initiative NeverForgetPakistan.com

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What BuzzFeed can learn from Time, USA Today, and MTV. A Great Longform Read.

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This amazing analytical piece of writing in The Atlantic talks about the cultural phenomenon that is BuzzFeed and how it emulates the cultural benchmarks set by three previous iconoclastic media establishments : Time, USA Today, and MTV. Each of those were written off by more ‘serious’ rivals as an exercise in dumbing down but persistently weaved themselves into the cultural fabric as a foremost means of mass communication. Each also benefited from the rising tide of the dominant medium, which today is the internet (DUH!). The piece talks about what lessons BuzzFeed can learn from those spiritual predecessors and how it can try to remain relevant in an ever-changing media climate. The parallels drawn are surprisingly accurate:

http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2015/04/the-eternal-return-of-buzzfeed/390270/?utm_source=SFTwitter

P.S. Shani Hilton really is amazing!