To fill column inches perhaps this is how desperate a nascent daily can get. Why else would it allow for this nonsense to filter through its editorial sieve! I have edited five publications in my lifetime and have had the misfortune to go word by word through a lot of nonsense put on my desk under ‘reviews’.
But let me tell you that this piece really takes the cake. More than the hack who conjured this masterpiece however, I hold responsible the Editor who failed to see the shallowness of its content. MillatFacebook is NOT your everyday social networking site launched after months of deliberation to compete with a billion dollar networking portal…it was a knee-jerk reaction by a handful of Pakistanis to what they saw was the unrelenting audacity of Facebook. It could not and by definition should not have been reviewed for its style and grammar and other fine points. It’s like reviewing a wartime shelter and criticizing it for not having carpeted floors and crystal chandelier.
The site is more of a phenomenon and the review should have concentrated on the endeavor in its cultural and geopolitical contexts. It is in those contexts that the phenomenon can truly be judged and wherein it has gained enough popularity to have the hack of this review eat his words. Facebook when launched garnered the registration of about half the undergraduate population at Harvard within the first month … which would mean around 3000 roughly. MillatFacebook has managed to attract more than 90,000 users in that time period.
That in itself is enough accomplishment to win Omer Zaheer, Arslan Chaudhry and their four IT colleagues a standing ovation. So, dear Editor, get your hacks to work harder on their pieces because some of us out here are actually reading in between the lines.