Thursday, November 27, 2008

1000-th Post.

This is the 1000-th officially recognized post on 'nazarian - Ազա՛տ, Անկա՛խ Հայաստան'. It's an arbitrary milestone but it's as good of an occasion to reflect on the past as any other.

This blog initially started as a photo site. Its aim was to showcase the Armenia that the other media didn't show, the Armenia you come across when you walk around. Even in the most touristy areas there are things that nobody photographs. So I aimed to show the offbeat part of the everyday reality.

But as life progressed and things in the country got progressively worse, the focus slowly shifted to exposing the offbeat happenings in the country. After the March 1 massacre, this blog, together with Payqar.org, took upon itself the task of distributing the Samizdat since the media was banned from doing their job in the country, and a lot of the blogs went into self-imposed censorship. Unfortunately, things have not gotten better since then and a lot of issues remain unresolved - absence of democracy, criminals at the helm of the country, political prisoners, corruption... The list goes on.

These things have to be exposed and I feel that it is the duty of this blog to keep the issues on the front burner. It's a thankless and depressing task but I hope I can make my little contribution to making things better for Armenia.

4 comments:

Haik said...

ost = post?

nazarian said...

I erroneously pressed a key that posted the item as I was trying to backspace. The full post is now in place.

artmika said...

Congrats for passing the milestone, Nazarian! More 1000s to you, and hopefully with each consecutive milestone you will be able to devote more time to photography.

Armen Filadelfiatsi said...

Congratulations!

Thankless and depressing, yes; meaningful and important, yes, too.

At least your input has been helpful in my trying to figure out what the fuck is going on in the world.

Keep it up.