Posts Tagged ‘Democracy’

I’m writing an official post about Obsession for Inside Isalm. If any blogger wants to send me links to their published reactions to the film I’d like to link to others on the post.

You can leave reactions or suggestions here on this post. Thanks, everyone.

Here’s a playlist to watch Obsession on YouTube.

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Miss Tic (YouTube)

Miss Tic (YouTube)

Hear me out…

I watched Obsession, a movie about radical Islam that was sent out to 28 million people as an ad for popular newspapers/other publications. The short film basically makes the point that being “politically correct” about Islam and Muslim culture is making America vulnerable to terrorists and extremists. The argument is that “whitewashing” issues is the dangerous because it prevents Americans from judging radicals in a radical way.


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Heavy Metal on Inside Islam

Here are my thoughts on democracy in the Middle East and Heavy Metal Islam, a book by Mark LeVine.

The fight over what Islam means in the world today is an increasingly critical one and, from the Iraq war to heavy metal music, the world struggles to articulate what it means in a modern sense.Mark’s work reveals that the debate is complicated and there are a spectrum of opinions, voices and meanings even in everyday life. He uses the universal language of music to articulate the diversity of Islam in contemporary times.

It was an interesting topic to think through so I’m linking to it on Foshowley. I hope you find it interesting as well and worth discussing. Also, I just made commenting easier on the Inside Islam site. If you have any reactions, will you leave them there? They’re much appreciated.


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Online Community Building

WSJ's new look


Wall Street Journal rolled out a new social network this past weekend. Catch: it has a paywall. Will users buy access to a social network?

NO WAY: Tech.Blorge writes…

How is the Wall Street Journal missing the boat with their attempt at community building? For starters, they have made their community an exclusive, behind-close-doors paid subscription service. By trying to be another FaceBook or LinkedIn for paid subscribers and excluding casual visitors and readers, the Wall Street Journal effectively eliminates the most important aspect of social media for enterprise – community building.

MAYBE: Mashable writes…

While I’ve never been a fan of the pay-wall in general, there have been a number of situations where I think it’s a very viable business model. PEHub, for one, offers some of very advanced information that’s available by paid subscription only. The information contained therein is generally only useful for a very short and finite period of time, and the folks it ends up being useful for usually have the money to pay for it.

Similarly, the Wall Street Journal came from those types of roots. In recent years, they’ve gone a lot more mainstream with their editorial policies, not to mention their readership. Chances are, though, if you use the Wall Street Journal as your filter on the news, you belong to a somewhat elite community.

There are other ways of restricting membership. Facebook used to only allow students from certain Universities then more and more. Then they went open access.

Who has the best online communities? Network elitists or democratic users?


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Wall Street Journal’s “new look” (WSJ)

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