Government Information Department on YouTube!

Deane kindly pointed me to the relatively new Government Information Department’s YouTube channel.

Along with the expected drivel, there’s also some great historical footage to be found (e.g. content from the Non-Aligned Movement Summit held in Colombo 1976).

Unsurprisingly, there’s only stuff here in Sinhala. Tamil, apparently, is not a language the Government Film Unit or the Information Department cares too much about. Perhaps that’s because according to Lankapuvath, Sri Lanka’s state owned news agency, everyone other than the Sinhala Buddhists are “lesser folks”.

It’s great to see the Government waking up to the possibilities of new media.

However, it’s really sad to see the all too familiar blinkered and exclusive Sinhala-Buddhist mentality inform the Informational Department’s understanding of and approach to a larger Sri Lankan identity online.

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