Update 15/05/14: It seems time has truly been called on Mo Ansar’s ‘career’. Numerous sources have now compiled articles exposing his deception. Please see the appendix at the bottom of this post for a collection & the #MoCV Hashtag I created.
“Picture all experts as if they were mammals” – Christopher Hitchens
I’ve always liked these words of wisdom from Hitch, but I’ve found them particularly resonant over the last few years. Social media has, for better or worse, afforded everyone a soap box of sorts. A digital arena where ideas can be propagated or challenged. It’s also equipped us common-folk with a direct line of access to so-called ‘Public Figures’.
Don’t like their opinions? Well, now we can let them know without so much as a postage stamp.
The ‘Public figures’ I’m referring to in this instance are those frequently wheeled out onto our telly screens for topical news segments. They confidently share their ‘valuable’ insight into “escalating tensions…” concerning some such thing or other, or press the “importance of tolerance…” etc etc. Sometimes they inform us with authority that “Men are raised to hate women”. You know the sort.
They know what they are talking about. Of course they do. They’re on our telly screen after all.
This brings me to my fascination with Mo Ansar. And it is truly a fascination. The mystery surrounding the existence of his UK media profile brings me such joyous puzzlement I want to embrace and squeeze him.