Since it was relieving to see different problems being discussed, I closely followed different programs that had mixed views of the industry connoisseurs. A little rave over falling TRPs of local shows, tad bit interest of their own production houses and a dash of concern for the lost viewers of Pakistani media pretty much dressed all conversations. Where there were some interesting points also being brought up, most of the time I switched the channel feeling ‘Oh! So they will tell us what to watch as well now!’
Even though I agreed with the idea that whoever brings foreign content in the country should pay appropriate taxes and firstly, domestic industry should be protected from its popularity, it was uncomfortable to see a bunch of people deciding what my entertainment should comprise of.
I believe entertainment has become a global industry and audiences are mature enough to place each type according to its due importance. And Pakistani audiences are also confident of their own shows.
Considering that, to have a variety of content is a right. Hence, content regulation should not exceed to banning and discontinuation of everything.
It would be better to see people discussing how they can improve local content than limiting what people see so they can keep watching their own channels.
“More than half of modern culture depends on what one shouldn’t read,” said a character in The Importance of Being Earnest. And it seems applicable today when most of us only emphasise on what is not to be seen rather than what is to be seen.