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The Emergence of Social Media & the Political Crisis in Pakistan
Unformatted Document Text:  Social media & political crisis in Pakistan 24 created fake profiles with inaccurate details about their birth dates and genders. Thus, the analysis cannot determine whether or not the videos were also popular among the female community in Pakistan. Since a large number of females were involved in the protests against the government, there is a strong possibility that women were also relying on social media to keep themselves updated about state affairs. The study’s claim that journalists were involved in uploading the videos of political protests during the time of crisis is based on the researcher’s personal observations as a Pakistani journalist. Additional weight was provided by the second YouTube video, in which journalists can be seen recording the protests even though they were not allowed to cover these protests. However, there are significant chances that other people or protesters might also be uploading similar videos on the YouTube. The aspect of user-generated content is needed to be studied as well. How can we differentiate a journalist’s role from that of a common man when both have the ability and resources to inform the world? Future researchers who wish to learn more about the role of social media in developing countries should use a mixed-method approach to find a relationship between the use of social media and democratization in those societies. Finally, the study agrees with Papacharissi (2002) that “greater participation in political discussion is not the sole determinant of democracy. The content, diversity, and impact of political discussion need to be considered carefully before we conclude whether online discourse enhances democracy” (p. 18).

Authors: Arif, Rauf.
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Social media & political crisis in Pakistan 24
created   fake   profiles   with   inaccurate   details   about   their   birth   dates   and   genders.   Thus,   the 
analysis   cannot   determine   whether   or   not   the   videos   were   also   popular   among   the   female 
community in Pakistan. Since a large number of females were involved in the protests against the 
government, there is a strong possibility that women were also relying on social media to keep 
themselves updated about state affairs. 
The study’s  claim that journalists were involved in uploading  the videos of political 
protests during the time of crisis is based on the researcher’s personal observations as a Pakistani 
journalist. Additional weight was provided by the second YouTube video, in which journalists 
can be seen recording the protests even though they were not allowed to cover these protests. 
However, there are significant chances that other people or protesters might also be uploading 
similar videos on the YouTube. The aspect of user-generated content is needed to be studied as 
well. How can we differentiate a journalist’s role from that of a common man when both have 
the ability and resources to inform the world? 
Future researchers who wish to learn more about the role of social media in developing 
countries should use a mixed-method approach to find a relationship between the use of social 
media and democratization in those societies. Finally, the study agrees with Papacharissi (2002) 
that “greater participation in political discussion is not the sole determinant of democracy. The 
content, diversity, and impact of political discussion need to be considered carefully before we 
conclude whether online discourse enhances democracy” (p. 18).  


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