Social Media’s Role in Malala Yousafzai’s Attack [Case Study]

Media in and outside Pakistan has been overwhelmed by the brutal attack on Malala Yousafzai: a 17-years old child activist who won fame for her blogs in the international media at a time when Taliban had imposed a ban on girls’ education in Swat valley.
Whatever the agenda or perspective maybe, social media users all around the world have felt strongly regarding this topic and taken the event seriously. Many Facebook and Twitter users came together and tried to influence the government, civil society groups and activists to raise their voices on the killing of innocent children on Malala’s shooting. They projected Malala as a hero whose courage and bravery was inspirational. While many unanimously prayed for her life, many others accused Malala of promoting Western backed agenda.
Either ways you choose to see the picture, the attack on the young girl triggered an unprecedented public outrage and these emotions and sentiments were conveyed effectively by Facebook, Twitter and Blog posts and there is little doubt in concluding that online media reflects the voice of people and presents a great opportunity for them to be heard. It made international media understand the point of view of Pakistanis on subjects like child education, child rights, woman rights and tolerance.
I believe this case implies the true essence of social media and shows precisely why online platforms continue to grow in Pakistan: it gives people the power to voice their opinion in a country where public sentiment is often ignored.
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