Ramadan is the month of jihad and conquest and war and death after all. Sponsored in part by Lipton of Lipton Tea fame. via YouTube launches Ramadan-themed channel – Media – ArabianBusiness.com.
Video-sharing site YouTube will launch an online channel dedicated to Ramadan-theme programming, it was announced today.
The service, which will broadcast shows the same day they air on television, is a joint venture with sponsor Unilever through its brands Lipton and Knorr.
According to a statement from YouTube, which is owned by search giant Google, shows will be categorised, allowing users to browse by genre and title.
Internet users in the Middle East and North Africa watch an average of 167m YouTube videos a day, ranking the region as the second globally in terms of views.
It is the first time YouTube had rolled a channel specifically for the Islamic holy month. A preview of upcoming shows is already available on youtube.com/ramadan.
Ramadan is due to start later this month, most likely July 20 or July 21.
Hat tip to Kathy Shaidle who asks Why are Google and YouTube celebrating Ramadan — when they ignore Christmas?
Today, more than a billion Muslims around the world begin to observe the holy month of Ramadan, fasting from dawn to sunset.
This year, we’re bringing some of the most venerable Ramadan traditions online.
Including jihad videos of which there are tens of thousands on Youtube including Youtube accounts from known terrorist organizations.
We’re sharing the Islamic prayers live from Mecca on a dedicated YouTube channel.
Millions of people from around the world will be able to experience and comment on the event by tuning in via video.
So I searched for “Christmas” at Google’s official blog, and got results about Christmas shopping and the cute tradition of tracking Santa via NORAD.
But Midnight Mass at the Vatican? Nope. Nothing resembling prayer.
Then I searched for “Easter.”
The first result? Gay Pride events sponsored by… Google.
Then Pac-Man’s “birthday.” (?)
I invite you to search the blog for Hindu and Jewish holidays and see what comes up.
I have said this before:
In the best case scenario, they are simply young and ignorant and well-meaning; their default setting is “progressive.”
In the worst case: they could shut down your blog (Google owns Blogger) and your Twitter account — and “disappear” you from the internet, based solely on your politics.
Taking Obama’s (and Clinton and Bush): Obama marks Ramadan, looks forward to Islamic dinner at White House