The Emergence of Social Media & the Political Crisis in Pakistan
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Visual and Textual Analysis of the Second Video
was uploaded on November 6, 2007. At the time of analysis (October 28
2010), the video had been viewed by 7,861 people. The video’s duration is one minute and 18
seconds. It was uploaded by the publisher “Y” (pseudonym) from Lahore, a Pakistani city.
The video was a live recording of a police raid on peaceful protesters, mostly lawyers
who were demonstrating against the imposition of martial laws in the country. The video shows
the beating and arrests of the demonstrators by members of the state agencies. In the video, the
protesters are being brutally tortured and arrested one by one by the police. In the video, the
protesters chanting slogans “Go Musharraf Go” can also be heard easily.
Analysis of the video showed that journalists with their cameras were trying to capture
the whole scene of police brutality. Although the media were banned from covering any such
political protest against the government and the transmission of all the privately run television
channels was blocked, journalists were covering these protests. Most viewers of this video were
males between the ages of 25 and 54. This video was also uploaded under the category of “News
and Politics.” The tags used for this video on the YouTube include: “Lahore,” “Pakistan,” “No
Comment,” “Musharraf,” “Police,” “news,” and “politics” (Video 2, 2007).
Viewers’ Comments on the Second Video
Out of 7,861 viewers, only five comments were posted on the video. These comments
were not from the same people who had commented on the first video. The textual analysis of
these comments revealed that three comments supported the video’s message, and approved the