The Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Evo­lu­tion of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion

ArabAd - - BOOKS - BY: JAD HAIDAR

In this day and age, re­main­ing silent to in­jus­tice is crim­i­nal.

In­di­vid­u­al­ity no longer serves the evo­lu­tion­ary process in an age where a new breed of man sports an ever grow­ing sense of de­struc­tive nar­cis­sism that is re­flex­ive rather than re­flec­tive.

This re­al­ity how­ever, is a global one, which has re­mained unchecked for far too long. As such, and in the past four years,

renowned me­dia strate­gist and ad­vi­sor to kings and gov­ern­ments throughout the re­gion, made it his mis­sion to right this wrong.

This quest, he soon re­laised, was mon­u­men­tal, which at times also felt im­pos­si­ble, since no re­search into the idea he wanted to prose ex­isted! So, in­stead of giv­ing-up on the mat­ter, he raised his sleeves and pre­pared him­self to go as deep as deemed nec­es­sary to un­earth and for­mu­late a work­ing model for fu­ture im­ple­men­ta­tion.

Driven by cu­rios­ity to know why he would un­der­take such a be­he­moth task, the man, who sat com­fort­ably in his black leather chair in a dimly lit of­fice ex­plained in the fol­low­ing in­ter­view.

The main ob­jec­tive be­hind writ­ing ‘The Right Not to Re­main Silent’, was orig­i­nally driven by the de­sire to val­orize com­mu­ni­ca­tion, es­pe­cially that it is ex­tremely ig­nored and mis­rep­re­sented. On an equally im­por­tant note, the death of Rafic Hariri in 2005 as well as the string of bru­tal as­sas­si­na­tions that fol­lowed, high­lighted the need to em­pha­sise the role com­mu­ni­ca­tion plays in the ju­di­ciary sys­tem. So, I de­cided to in­ves­ti­gate the avail­able lit­er­a­ture on the mat­ter and to my sur­prise, I was dum­founded to dis­cover, af­ter plenty of due dili­gence, that there almost was noth­ing on the topic.

In ad­di­tion, the ju­di­ciary sys­tem, a long time ago felt the threat the com­mu­ni­ca­tions sec­tor poses if it gets too close and so ‘closed the door’ to pre­vent any pry­ing into ‘sen­si­tive’ mat­ters. That is also when ‘The Right to Re­main Silent’ was con­ceived. How­ever, with the rise of ‘new me­dia’ the in­fa­mous wall of si­lence, col­lapsed. Cou­pled with the evo­lu­tion of in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ism that emerged dur­ing the Wa­ter Gate scan­dal, it grad­u­ally be­came the

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prover­bial safety net of the ju­di­ciary sys­tem. This mat­ter gained ad­di­tional trac­tion in the age of ‘cit­i­zen jour­nal­ism’, ne­ces­si­tat­ing the need to find mid­dle ground when it comes to the ju­di­ciary sys­tem and the com­mu­ni­ca­tions field.

Keep in mind that in to­day’s world, a sin­gle per­son can easily cre­ate, based on ‘in­sider in­for­ma­tion’ a scan­dal, which can swiftly go vi­ral on the In­ter­net in a mat­ter of min­utes and cause ir­repara­ble dam­age. This re­al­ity then begs the ques­tion of, where do we draw the line and also is the cen­tral point this book tires to an­swer. In other words, if the ju­di­ciary sys­tem main­tains an open and some­what trans­par­ent chan­nel with the me­dia, such a cri­sis could easily be averted.

The irony of it, which also ex­plains why we are fac­ing this is­sue, is also be­cause law

The main ob­jec­tive be­hind writ­ing ‘The Right Not to Re­main Silent’, was orig­i­nally driven by the de­sire to val­orize com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

stu­dents and ju­di­ciary in­sti­tu­tions do not have a com­mu­ni­ca­tion cur­ricu­lum. So, how can one ex­pect a lawyer to ef­fec­tively com­mu­ni­cate when he/she never learned this skill to be­gin with? Worse still, how is it that a pro­fes­sion based on com­mu­ni­ca­tion ex­cludes the very field on which it is based?

So, and in hope of in­tro­duc­ing a change in keep­ing with the times, I wrote the book to out­line a con­cil­ia­tory strat­egy be­tween the ju­di­ciary sys­tem and the com­mu­ni­ca­tions field in a way that pre­serves the sanc­tity of both en­ti­ties while al­low­ing them to op­er­ate, un­hin­dered, in a com­pli­men­tary way. Oth­er­wise, the cul­prits will re­main free while hu­man­ity grad­u­ally re­gresses.

And I, no longer am will­ing to re­main silent.

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