Saturday, November 8, 2008

Maldives: The Land of Gangbang

I was reading an article today on Minivan News, it was an interview with a mother of a gang rape victim, the headline reads - The Mother of Gang Rape Victim: "Even Now I'm Scared".

In the past few decades, our cultures have vanished and new cultures have been born. We don't see any of our old cultural elements such as "Thaaru Jehun", "Mangalan Dhandi", "Bandiyaa". Because we have lived through a system that did nothing to promote nor reignite our old cultural arts, or anything related to it. You could say Maumoon destroyed art of all forms in Maldives, along with any upcoming artists by not giving a single platform for them to express, grow and hone their skills.

Anyone can see how he even treated the media, TVM still broadcasts in mono I've heard. The Beatles recorded their first stereo album more than 35 years ago. We got two speakers in any CD player at home, our TV's got two speakers for godsake, it's ment to be used with two speakers producing a 'stereo' sound, if it was meant to be played in 'mono', we would have one speaker. But they send the signal in mono so we actually hear the same sound in both speakers. The whole TVM system is NTSC, set by Japanese technicians many many years ago because thats the standard used in Japan. But here they send it in PAL, on a NTSC system. What happened to the money that is always allocated to improve the media in Maldives?

Well, the media and arts in Maldives were too dangerous for Maumoon, unless it is used only to benefit himself and his cronies. (Seen during the DRP campaign). Thats why we have only seen one Radio Station and one TV station until recently. In by doing this he killed our cultural heritage and any form of art that could have developed in Maldives.

But he did promote a certain culture in his legacy of 30 years. Under his watch the "buffet' culture was born. We have a culture of Child Molesters, Rapists and Gang Rapists. Thank Allah for saving us from Maumoon taking us to "newer heights'. This nation would have turned into the second Saddoom. (It would be good idea to ready yourself with emergency scuba kits in your house in case of such an occurrence). We also acquired a culture where 3 in 5 young people are victimized into drug addiction.

I heard there would be a ceremony where Maumoon will be meeting the people of Maldives to say farewell. We have seen people in the islands, who have been made to live as primitive ape men, dance and celebrate with "bodu beru",..sheeesh! can you believe that?. We will also see more people go to shake hands with their "noble zaeem" and thank him for his service. I hope they remember to thank him for all the unsolved murders, the child molesters (some in service in the president's office), the 'tharaggee' that led to the drug epidemic. And most of all, I hope they thank him for making Maldives the land of gangbang.

4 comments:

Azhad said...

My comment is about the mono transmission of audio by Television Maldives and the PAL/NTSC system segment.

Actually, there won't be much difference even if the signal was transmitted in stereo. The only benefit maybe during SpotLight (or whichever 45 min/1hr music show is shown now). With movies, you are better off renting/buying a DVD or BluRay. Who wants to hear news in stereo?

The other problem is, although your television supports stereo, a lot of the televisions in the homes in Male' would be Mono. It may not be worth doing an upgrade for the few TV sets that are stereo. It should be also noted that Europe is planning to phase out terrestrial analogue TV tranmissions by 2012.

I think we are better off watching TVM stereo through our Cable Network Providers and Satellite Television. But, even then, you could only enjoy Spotlight. Those televisions with Simulated Surround/Surround may find some improvement in other programmes due to the virtual surround effect.

Wasn't TVM Plus transmitted in Stereo (NICAM Stereo)?

Then about PAL on NTSC - could you clarify which is the NTSC system? Could you clarify on this so that I could comment further.

From what I know, the TVM system is PAL B/G and is transmitted as such. I don't find any quality degradations.

Mr. Karma said...

Thank you for your clarification azhad. And I do humbly apologize for any mistakes on my part.

As my point was not about the most appropriate form of data transmission for broadcasting. I do understand your logic. In live-sound reinforcement we rarely touch the pan knob as well, only moderate pans are made, because otherwise the whole audience might not hear an extreme panned signal. So much for stereo mixing during live sound, so I guess the same principle applies here as the best result here is mixing and amplifying it in mono. However, that was not the point as well. :)

About the NTSC system thing - the system was calibrated, or fine tuned, or whatever they do when they set up broadcasting systems; was done in NTSC - but TVM used (donno about now) probably PAL, thus there will be the difference in frame rates. maybe it won't make that much a difference. But the point is how serious the government has been in improving the media systems in maldives.

Yaamyn said...

I'm an IT guy, and yet got scared by the jargon!

Kidding.

That was an interesting title. And yes, even I bemoan the loss of our cultural arts over the years.

Anonymous said...

the title should be land of the gang rapists... not land of gangbang.. as i dont see any thing wrong with gangbanging....