Snapchat celebrities and their relationships with books
Despite electronic apps and technological trends, books remain the most important source of knowledge.
Our Al Arabiya News Channel colleague Sarah Dundarawy recently interviewed a number of Snapchat celebrities who talked about their creations, significant achievements and positive influences. There is nothing wrong with that. However, what is interesting is that when asked about the last book they had read, some said they do not usually read.
This shows a real defect, as these stars are influential and their advice, statements and instructions are directed at current generations, even children. As such, these figures can handle a small critical remark and receive it with an open mind.
Reading is not studying or compulsory education, but the space in which we communicate with the world. Despite electronic apps and technological trends, books remain the most important source of knowledge.
Despite electronic apps and technological trends, books remain the most important source of knowledge.Turki Al-Dakhil
There are many accounts focused on books, novels and immortal cultural works, but the account users are not famous enough.
This is why I hope celebrities assume responsibility toward the current generation on Snapchat - as this generation looks up to them as role models - and that they do not stand between it and books.
This article was first published in Okaz on August 1, 2016.
Turki Aldakhil is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. He began his career as a print journalist, covering politics and culture for the Saudi newspapers Okaz, Al-Riyadh and Al-Watan. He then moved to pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat and pan-Arab news magazine Al-Majalla. Turki later became a radio correspondent for the French-owned pan-Arab Radio Monte Carlo and MBC FM. He proceeded to Elaph, an online news magazine and Alarabiya.net, the news channel’s online platform. Over a ten-year period, Dakhil’s weekly Al Arabiya talk show “Edaat” (Spotlights) provided an opportunity for proponents of Arab and Islamic social reform to make their case to a mass audience. Turki also owns Al Mesbar Studies and Research Centre and Madarek Publishing House in Dubai. He has received several awards and honors, including the America Abroad Media annual award for his role in supporting civil society, human rights and advancing women’s roles in Gulf societies. He tweets @TurkiAldakhil.