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The Emergence of Social Media & the Political Crisis in Pakistan
Unformatted Document Text:  Social media & political crisis in Pakistan1 RUNNING HEAD: SOCIAL MEDIA & POLTICAL CRISIS IN PAKISTAN The Emergence of Social Media & the Political Crisis in Pakistan Abstract The following paper is about the emergence of social media in Pakistan. Using a case study of YouTube videos uploaded by the journalists during the 2007 political crisis in Pakistan, the paper finds that social media are contributing to the promotion of political dialogue in the country. The study finds that the social media have the ability to serve as an alternate media in the absence of traditional sources of news and information. Future researchers interested in new media may find this study helpful to understand how the Internet communication is challenging and transforming political hierarchies in developing countries by empowering individuals to engage in online political dialogue.

Authors: Arif, Rauf.
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Social media & political crisis in Pakistan1
RUNNING HEAD: SOCIAL MEDIA & POLTICAL CRISIS IN PAKISTAN
The Emergence of Social Media & the Political Crisis in Pakistan
Abstract
The following paper is about the emergence of social media in Pakistan. Using a case 
study of YouTube videos uploaded by the journalists during the 2007 political crisis in Pakistan, 
the paper finds that social media are contributing to the promotion of political dialogue in the 
country. The study finds that the social media have the ability to serve as an alternate media in 
the absence of traditional sources of news and information. Future researchers interested in new 
media may find this study helpful to understand how the Internet communication is challenging 
and transforming  political  hierarchies  in developing countries  by empowering  individuals to 
engage in online political dialogue.


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