“Aesthetics of Incompleteness”
[This is the title of an Essay in a book of the same title “Aesthetics of Incompleteness” by Shoaib Bin Hassan. First I will relate some of the interesting points of the essay and then my comments.]
Points That Seem Interesting To Me:
1. Role of Radio is instrumental, says SBH, in the popularity of Hitler and Mussolini because major part of the their personalities were visualized by the listeners of their speeches. Only their voice could reach them and not their visual gestures because Television was not invented yet.
2. Both Hitler and Mussolini were outsiders of their proper homelands. They exploited the hectic scenarios prevalent in Germany and Italy respectively.
3. Hitler would not have successful in capturing the power had the age of television ushered in to show his ‘ windmill arms sawing the air, his foaming mouth with hoarse voice, his shod heels click-clacking, his glaring eyes, his ruffled hair’. Big-mouthed Mussolini whose personality gave the impression of clumsy clown or a raving mad man. Both Hitler and Mussolini would have failed in capturing power but for age of Radio that was still on in their lifetime. After the end of the Second World War the age of Radio also came to an end.
3. Ziaul Haq, a military dictator of the Age of TV was a different case. He was conscious of the power of TV but not of slow-poisoning destructive effect. Zia could not help to take frequent recourse to TV for seeking his redemption from any incrimination. But this very proximity to TV slowly dragged him under an inevitable curse.
4. It was after a long time the the TV exposed the US moral and political insolvency regarding his involvement in Vietnam War.