August 5, 2004Top
* Give me the job!
I found Mr. Mohammad Poor's review
of Radio Farda's web site [A
vision for Farda] to be a terribly biased and unprofessional
critique. It made me wonder what his true intentions were by writing
it. Perhaps the list of his suggestions at the end of his article can
be a clue to that. Something like, "GIVE ME THE JOB, I CAN DO IT
Though I don't consider myself to be even a beginner in the world
of journalism, yet I could clearly see the begrudging and obvious unfairness
within Mr. Mohammad-Poor's literary attack. I am convinced that
he meant it to be that way.
Right from the start, Mr. Mohammad Poor assumes the position of an expert
in online news website matters and carries on with his evaluation accordingly.
To me that is a tall order from someone who runs only two run of the
mill weblogs to his credit! (Malakut.org and blog.malakut.org,
which both sport the same nauseatingly sick yellow background!) And further,
he generalizes about expectations of news website viewers as if he knows
what every body expects from a website.
I believe the only safe and logical generalization to make about news
website viewers is that they come to read news, period. More often, readers
don't just stop at one source, they go to several sites and make
a collective assessment of the news they are looking for. Most people
look for content in a news website; they don't come to judge its
appearance or other technical aspects.
Mr. Mohammad Poor labels the contents of the website weak but he doesn't
corroborate his assertion. However, the unfairness in his written grievance
about Radio Farda's website peaks when, in a background of the
beau coup budget giant BBC set as an example, he alludes to short comings
and lack of professionalism in Radio Farda's website.
BBC's budget affords
it a staff that is large in numbers and diverse in abilities. I suspect
that might be the same for VOA. But as for Radio
Farda, with minimum budget and minimal staffing, they have been accomplishing
a mercilessly demanding and huge task seven days a week, twenty four
ours a day. Given that, I believe that the folks at Radio Farda's
website are doing a marvelous job and are getting better.
Generally, this website business is still in its infancy. There are
really no concrete and universally agreed upon standards by which news
can be evaluated or rated. And I am not sure if Mr. Mohammad poor can
produce accredited credentials that qualify him as an expert in the
Aside from the common fundamental rules, every website continues to
evolve according to its own distinct style and standards. Perhaps one
gage the success of a news website is by analyzing its stats over a long
period of time, not just "during visits made to the site in the
first week of July 2004."
The "review" that Mr. Mohammad Poor gave to Radio Farda's
news website was undeserved. But it did make me a firmer believer in
the old proverb which says:" If you don't have anything nice
to say, don't say anything."
August 5, 2004
Iran and Aryans
Has he got a clue?
* Az maast
k-e bar maast
on Team Melli!
Croatian and proud
won't vote for Torkzadeh
is not as bad?
* US clean
house in Iran
* Q is for
* What many
* No military
* Silent opening
* You liberals
supporter or not
me the job!
we hear a lot
* Tone of
* Like Kurdistan's
* Freedom of
* "REAL" Javid?
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