I spent my childhood and youth in Nigeria, where my father worked as part of a medical mission to Africa. During my stay there, I witnessed many political and ethnic conflicts. The last of which led to our departure from the country. During these conflicts, people would riot in the streets, burn property and loot shops. As we lived through those times, we always used to compare the unsafe conditions of Nigeria with the safety of our home country, Egypt. Given the events that are currently unrolling in Egypt, perhaps we were a little hasty in making that comparison.
I am a huge fan of the Science Fiction and Fantasy genre (both movies and books). While there are many science fiction novels that address social issues, the genre has never been considered “serious” art. This despite the fact that science fiction has always been used as social commentary.
Playbook does seem to outperform iPad, but the tests were conducted by RIM (conflict of interest) and the real competitor for Playbook is iPad 2 not iPad.
All Egyptians are taught to recognize the July 23 Revolution as the point at which social justice was finally implemented in Egypt. Literature and film produced following the revolution portraits pre-revolution Egypt as a dysfunctional society where a foreign class of rich land owners (they are usually portrayed as either Turkish or Albanian) oppressed native Egyptian farmers and laborers.