Because tomfoolery is more entertaining…

It is a pity that Sri Lanka is not bothered enough to develop itself. We focus so much of our airtime on politicians and entertainers, we forget that there are other segments we should hear from.
Our TV channels are chockablock with programmes questioning politicians. Fine, they are needed, agreed. A good political debate is essential to see where the country is being taken. But wat happens in Sri Lanka is name calling, ball-passing (much worse than the ball passing of even the Bush administration!) and overall tomfoolery. They are taking the people for a ride. The thing is that most politicians in our splendid isle are uneducated, uninformed, misogynistic fools who talk big and deliver nothing. A discussion between two or three such will be utter nonsense! And yet that is the most popular discussion on TV.

No, I’m mistaken, the most popular would be chat sessions with local entertainers where they rival the politicians. I swear, they give the politicians a good run for their money (and politicians have so much money stolen from the rightful owners, the people of the country they say they are serving). The entertainers bray and cackle and people call in to ask how they felt when their single became a seller. Nonsense number 2.

In this mêlée, TV channels forget to have a meaningful discussion with the innovators, the creative thinkers, the predictors and the scientists of the country. Are they not important? Some channels carry discussions with business personnel, which is good, but those mentioned here are not called in. What happened to people like Rakitha, the person who found a cure for HIV? He was recognized by Britain but not by his own country. We had a few media personnel show an interest but after a few news segments, he was forgotten. Read his story here:
Let’s say this is not a cure? Then he must be supported in his endeavors to fine tune and better this solution. And if it is indeed a cure? Then (patent or not) introduce the cure to patients worldwide and bring them out of their torments! These are important things in the world. Why are we hiding them? Why is more attention not given to R&D? Why is innovation and scientific discovery not important? No wonder we are no where near important except as a cheap BPO location. No wonder we have brain drain. (And there are lots of super intelligent people innovating all over the world, having left this homeland of theirs!)

I wish we would have programmes where such innovators and creative thinkers are engaged in discussion about where the country I headed, what is needed, what the are hoping to achieve next, etc., so that we can focus on research and development in the country. We lack innovations. And the ones we have are swept under the carpet or under a pile of news about politicians. We need a good discussion on our technological capacity and our direction.
Pity we are not interested in developing this sector.

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