Karachi: Pick your side – 1

This is “Pick your side” series. It brings an issue & leaves it to the reader to decide which side he/she wants to pick.

We had a post back in June but this episode forced me to take up matter again. Looking at it from different angles does bring up many questions both for society & Media.. The questions are not specific to this program so consider them valid for similar shows but in local context.

1- Do you consider this as an act of of dare? Participants may have worked hard & should be rewarded somehow its good way to encourage them OR you call it sheer madness & another show to corrupt young minds for business goals.

2- Should self inflicting pain (with agreement) be acceptable ?. A large % of viewer ship is young especially if a program present/declare this acts as a sign of dare/boldness? You never allow anyone to suicide. Do these anyway relate to encouraging youngsters to attempt extreme steps in their lives ?

3- It shows responsibility using warnings. Do you think these would be effective? OR you think it’s just to be on safe side & young viewers may still attempt?

4- Those who are willing to give (dare) are the ones willing to take. Do you see any kind of relation between these daring fellows & the one you call suicide bombers, from the perspective of going to an extreme for a motive/cause OR this relation is nonsense & an exaggeration.

5- There used to be few programs (PTV especially & even on some private channels too) bringing individuals/groups showing their skills & rewarding them well (remember the famous Neelam Ghar Car?). Are there any now?

6- Do you think channels should take its effects into consideration & their possible impact on youth or we shouldn’t even bother about such programs & that it’s none of our business? They can/should do whatever they want to.

17 Comments so far

  1. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on April 15th, 2007 @ 2:28 pm

    Next would be Dare to Suicide bomb, such shows, events shall be banned and barred on media, and those who instigate youth shall be STOPPED for provoking such acts.

    Am against such acts show on media which COMPEL youth for what has no reason in life.

    an individual is free person and shall do whatever deem fit, but not in public nor televised for millions.

    Self inflicting pain and suicide is individuals choice, both are not allowed in any law of civilized land.

    AM against it.


  2. Cy (unregistered) on April 15th, 2007 @ 3:25 pm

    MB: Once again, what does this have to do with Karachi?


  3. Kamran (unregistered) on April 15th, 2007 @ 3:28 pm

    We have hardly any shows which show good moral values in an entertaining way….. and we have this show which i greatly inspite.

    First we should be making shows to educate the viewers (through entertainment, we already have numerous useless informative shows).

    These kind of shows work in the west, where the standard of living is already very high and they like to take these kinds of risks to bring excitement in their lives.

    If we want to watch some excitement, just go out and watch the Bus Conductors swirling around on buses, Motor cyclists showing acrobatic skills, People crossing the road etc.


  4. pkhan (unregistered) on April 15th, 2007 @ 5:17 pm

    This is not Dare? very is the Safety Factor in it?Wetern world do these things not to heart any one but they have different safety precautions before they do these kind of shows.No one provided this POOR DARE GUY ANY First AID?


  5. MB (unregistered) on April 15th, 2007 @ 5:45 pm

    @CY
    The same as it was in June


  6. d0ct0r (unregistered) on April 15th, 2007 @ 5:54 pm

    actually that programme was trying to copy an Australian dare show.. “Who dares wins” but the local version of this show has some really pathetic dares… no creativity at all..


  7. Faisal (unregistered) on April 15th, 2007 @ 6:39 pm

    Bloody hell…
    PEMRA certainly doesn’t care about this!!

    Pakistanis generally have a thing for watching other people in pain…everytime there’s an accident, people gather around and stuff. Everytime there’s some argument on the street, people start piling up around the scene.


  8. Shakeel Ahmad (unregistered) on April 15th, 2007 @ 8:21 pm

    oh WTF was that :-O


  9. alibhae (unregistered) on April 15th, 2007 @ 10:21 pm

    It does take daring to perform those stunts. People with free will are doing these stunts. The audience is young people and around the world the youth live on adrenaline rushes.

    It would be nice if the producers realize that their is more to youth programming than trying to present the underground culture as cool. All TV media is in it for making money, its not a public service, so don’t fret. How about ideas for shows that you people think appropriate for young viewers and run them through us here. Maybe some channel will pick that up.

    The producers of the show have two responsibilities here. First, get a psyche evaluation of the participants to mek sure they are in their rught mind. Second, provide medical care incase something goes wrong.


  10. KhiTorPitt (unregistered) on April 15th, 2007 @ 10:30 pm

    Onyone knows how much did this guy get paid for doing this ?


  11. Truth (unregistered) on April 15th, 2007 @ 11:12 pm

    sheeeeeeeeeeeer madness !

    this doesnt show how strong or brave they are to accept challenege, but it shows how stupid they are to do anything for money, fame and to prove their own minds that they can do anything !


  12. Kashif-x (unregistered) on April 15th, 2007 @ 11:52 pm

    The poor gut probably got a boosted ego for a couple of minutes, but i guess he will have to do with a lame hand (which i am hoping not).

    This is really pathetic and stupid, having someone sign a contract and then burning their hand, fully knowing what effect a 600 degree lump of coal will have on the hand of the daree


  13. Hassan' (unregistered) on April 16th, 2007 @ 1:16 am

    That guy just get Rs 1000 for his stupid act


  14. Kamran (unregistered) on April 16th, 2007 @ 1:23 am

    Kab akul ayegi hum ko?


  15. KhiTorPitt (unregistered) on April 16th, 2007 @ 5:17 am

    @HAssan, just 1000 rupees ??? Is he really too poor or he is mentally sick ?


  16. MB (unregistered) on April 17th, 2007 @ 3:55 pm

    I don’t think that was just for 1000.

    Better have to check again. By the way they have a website for more info.

    http://www.livingontheedge.tv/home.php


  17. HASSAN' (unregistered) on April 17th, 2007 @ 4:04 pm

    @KhiTorPitt

    Hahahaha…..he is not poor……but…..no actually he is but mentally…..got it?



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