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Saturday, May 27

Super Star Rocks At Schools

“The Super Star Student’s Show that Rocked the school months ago is NOW Back!”
“Be sure not to miss it”
that’s what I’ve been told by one of the teenagers that is participating in the Super Star performance.

I remembered two famous quotes I've recently read; “The power to control the flow of information is the power to control the way people think”. Oliver Stone
“Sometime during the next decade, we may all think alike and act alike and not even know that we had a choice.” Nola Bowie

Most people think that TV Shows have a negative impact on the society, they may also contribute to social problems like violence, aggressiveness and decline of manners and family values.

Super Star, and some other live TV Shows like Star Academy had a big impact on our Society, like for exampl; their logos and names were printed on T-shirts, bags, shoes, trousers, and even on underwear, they also became the most popular topic among teenagers and older people too.

New artists are being born everyday with the new trend which depends only on cheapness, nothingness, indecency and impudicity. However, watch out your kids, they are the main targeted perfect receivers, and thus unfortunately we have to expect hundreds of Haifa Wahbi, Dana, Maria, Rouby and others and others.


  • cute pictures.. cute kids

    By Blogger Ahmad, at 27/5/06 12:59 AM  

  • It's sad to see how bad TV as Superstar and Star academy have taken over our brain.

    By Blogger Charming Damascus, at 27/5/06 1:02 AM  

  • wallah ya Ghalia, the last time i watched the TV was about 4 years ago !!!
    i hate that box so much...
    can u imagine that i don't know the difference between Super Start & Star Academy!
    when i want to talk about on of those programs i use this term: "Super Star Academy" :D

    By Blogger AhmadK, at 27/5/06 2:00 AM  

  • well.. superstar is a good show, really entertaining, and they do care about quality (in contrast with other bullshit shows ... )

    What should be seriously controled, is the damn voilent cartoons the kids r watching these days!

    By Blogger Shady Zayat, at 27/5/06 3:44 AM  

  • i see no harm in having such programs,,ofcourse we need other kind of programs ...at least some balance

    By Blogger Haider Droubi, at 27/5/06 2:17 PM  

  • شكرا غالية بصراحة برامج مثل هذه هي أفضل وسيلة لجمع عدد من شباب الدول العربية أفضلهم لا يجيد التكلم باللغة العربية ولا يمت لبلده ب صلة عكل وبكل صراحة لا يلفت نظري سوى الضم والبوس والتشليط و قصص الحب
    لكن قد يستثنى سوبر ستار من هذا الوصف
    وأتمنى لو أنهم كانو قد ابتكروا فكرة جديدة بدلا من التقليد بكل شيء

    By Blogger hamwy, at 27/5/06 11:22 PM  

  • Sa7 Da7 Ba7, Bos el walwa ......

    i have nothing better to say.
    i feel sorry for this generation, watching all these things.
    where are the days of Grandizer, sasoky, sandy bell, bell wa sebastian,....

    now it is all Bos el wawa.....tseh...


    By Blogger Sam..., at 28/5/06 12:38 AM  

  • أنا معك بكل كلمة قلت
    لكن يبدو أننا في عصر الاستهلاك
    حتى الموهبة حتى الثقافة حتى كل شيء صار للاستهلاك وجلب الاعلان والنقود فقط

    By Blogger ayhm jzzan, at 28/5/06 9:27 PM  

  • I can only agree, wholeheartedly even! I know from school-kids around here how devastating that can be ... if one doesn't follow the trend which is "in" and stays "out", he/she is branded an outsider, not accepted in cliques and often suffering a lot!
    Violence on TV is another issue I could write a book about!! In most families both parents have to work to make end's need and kids are unsupervised for quite a period of time during the day ... and thus do and watch of course what they want ... violent video-games included! The influence couldn't be worse! I feel around here kids need an ideal ... or even an idol who kind of merges them back on track! A society in which moral and ethical values hit rock-bottom .. is sick, VERY sick!! I know that doesn't sound very charming if I talk about my own society this way .. but I am used to call a spade a spade and won't change this philospohy any time soon!

    By Blogger I love Munich, at 29/5/06 7:23 AM  

  • What's wrong with Dana? you have to give it to her..her pink outfit is really hot!!!

    Hehehe, Just kidding...TV has contributed to the enlightenment of the masses, for many it is their only window to world. In Fact, Super Star is quite good.

    We cannot fix the problem by banning such programs, we do by providing similarly attractive shows to the teenagers...

    Reality shows reflects present times, Much inphesis is based on personality, charechters, and looks in the work place, and the society at larg.

    By the way, what is the story behind the pictures? who are these kids? and what were they doing?

    By Blogger Amr T, at 29/5/06 9:20 PM  

  • My name is Ali and I am currently a student in NY. I came across your blog and was amazed how enthusiastic,my fellows, young syrians are.
    I would appreciat your sending me some young-Syrian blog addresses at

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 30/5/06 8:29 AM  

  • Walahi I cannot agree with you more ya Ghalia. Programs such as these are meant to keep the people preoccupied with such nonsense while the government keeps on eating off our plates. It is to give the false notion that you are free. That here, we imported Westernism and thus we are advancing. The corrupt officials certainly don't want the people to think, because when the people start to think they start to ask questions. So the only thing to be done is to throw at the people such time wasting filthy nonsense programs so that it will be the main topic of the country instead of politics and religion. Programs like Super Star, Star Academy, Big Brother and the rest of the garbage they import. Not only does it downgrade the level of thinking of the people, but also makes them think that just because they look like Europeans that must mean the country is advancing. A real evidence at that point at how downgraded their thoughts got.

    By Blogger Abdul Rahman Hilmi, at 30/5/06 9:59 AM  

  • At the risk of sounding like a 'fuddy-duddy old fool' (which some of you might say I am any way!..), I would like to add my voice to those who are lamenting the shameful and distressing decline in the standards of culture and entertainment.. The seriously distracting and destructive effects will affect generations..
    However, there are two points that I would like to make:-
    First, regrettably, not all that trash is imported.. The home-grown rubbish is just as decrepit and distasteful..
    Second, there are a lot of admirable and civilized traits and characteristics that we can (and should) learn from Europe and the West..

    By Blogger The Syrian Brit, at 30/5/06 11:17 PM  

  • bismillah

    Syrian Brit:
    I completely agree with you. The question is, who's fault is it that we aren't enjoying such benefits in our own lands? Is it the people's fault? Can you honestly blame the people for not having good sanitation in the country? Can you blame the people for not having decent security in the country? Can you blame the people for not having advanced technology? Education? Health care? Whose responsibilities are these?

    The advantages the Europeans have that we could share are universal advantages and these are not restricted to any culture, so we wont be importing anything as much as using what is a right for any human being. These advantages are basics for any government to ensure their people enjoy. If the people are not enjoying these advantages then the government is at fault. So naturally, if you want to bring these advantages, you will have to reform the government, else they will never come.

    On the other hand, what we DO import are things of other cultures such as these immoral programs. These programs ARE restrictive to cultures as they are clearly Western. Such import certainly should not occur. Importing different values than our own into our culture will only cause confusion and friction that will only lead to disunity and extremism (and I use that term in today's standards) - something we can clearly see today. One camp turning utterly secular, and another camp turning into fundemental Islam.

    By Blogger Abdul Rahman Hilmi, at 31/5/06 1:10 AM  

  • Abdul Rahman, I agree with most of what you said. While the question is not that of 'blame', I agree with you that political and social reforms are essential for the society to progress.
    When I talk about 'importing' characteristics and traits, I was not referring to cultural or religious values.. I meant respect to each other's views.. freedom of expression without fear of persecution (from governments or individuals).. I meant valuing knowledge.. respecting achievments, be it scientific, artistic, or whatever.. respecting a person for who he/she is and what he/she achieved, not for who he/she knows or who his/her 'wastah' is!!.. I can go on and on...
    Finally, I share your concern about how polarised our society is rapidly becoming.. we are, sadly, losing unity and harmony within our Family..
    p.s. I must apologise to Ghalia for 'hijacking' her blog!!..

    By Blogger The Syrian Brit, at 31/5/06 2:58 AM  

  • It was not for a relegious reason, but I stopped watching tv for about 6 years. The original foreign shows like OPRAH , dr. phil, and American Idol - which spawned the numerous arabic adoptations - are initially silly and shallow.
    So what about the arabic versions?
    I pity my nephews upon seeing them dancing to the video clips of nancy and haifa.
    ضاعوا الولاد
    nice blog indeed I am reading all the archive. good work, ghalia.

    By Blogger Angry Ookami, at 1/6/06 3:00 AM  

  • Happy Birthday to Ghalia!!!

    By Blogger George Ajjan, at 1/6/06 5:03 AM  

  • Ghalia - you had birthday?? ALF MABROUK!!! Happy birthday to you!!

    By Blogger I love Munich, at 1/6/06 9:48 AM  

  • Is it really your birthday?
    when was that?
    any way,happy birthday.


    By Blogger Sam..., at 1/6/06 1:33 PM  

  • Its very inspiring to realize someone in syria - "exactly where i happened to live my whole life time and i do still - as a palestinian refugee " - is talking my favorite blend . a combination of communication and sociology. be in touch . lots of hard work to do toether sometime .

    By Anonymous Bilal Zaiter, at 20/6/06 10:13 AM  

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