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Saturday, July 02, 2005

I'm Nearly Famous!

Thanks to Amrit(raj) for pointing out an interesting feature on blogging in the UAE in Communicate magazine, a local trade mag for marketing and advertising folks.

The two-page article is based around an interview with a Ms X whose identity was not revealed (but we know who you are!!!). Adventures in Dubai gets a couple of mentions, it's described as one of half a dozen moderately edgy blogs, and the story about the embarrassing abscess seems to have struck a chord. The article complains that UAE blogs are somewhat tame and lacking in satire. Well of course they are - you might try pushing the envelope, but the consequences of actually breaking it can be very severe indeed. Communicate quotes my concern about not crossing the line - you know the line, it's the invisible one that wiggles about quite a lot - without a letter from Sheikh Mohammed saying it's OK.

So, Communicate, blogging has become a major hobby of mine, but biting satire and local political comment are out of the question as long as I am living here. And you know very well why.

3 Comments:

Blogger secretdubai said...

I told them about your blog as it covers similar stuff to mine, and (before the advent of Freaking Mupp - where the hell is she/he, btw? and UAE Thinker, there hasn't been much other biting stuff).

The entry you wrote on fear/self-censorship not long before they contacted me for the article was really relevant to how I felt, so I told them about that entry. It was all quite timely.

12:48 am  
Blogger Keefieboy said...

Shukran habibta.

1:07 am  
Blogger Amrit(raj) said...

good going fellas... i end up getting cold feet when i am about to hit the 'submit entry' btn on on a controversial post

... guess i gotta start dealing more with abb's like you k ! ;P

3:04 pm  

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