ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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New Tweets, Blind Likes

Thanks to social media, home-based analysts in Pakistan can now serve as public intellectuals.

To influence sociopolitical thinking in Pakistan today is a difficult task if you’re over the age of 45, particularly if you’re not a client of the millennial social media. This is because in Pakistan, the social sciences have been victim of a censorious Islamo-militarised state, and educational institutions have been in unexaggerated ruin since Gen Zia ul Haq’s rule of the 1980s. There is no institution for serious sociological or political works or debate. Instead, the virtual world has become a substitute forum – and its effects are showing in worrying ways.

Today, political analysis is limited to, and held hostage by, TV talk shows and its power-mongering anchors, who dominate and define it in the most sensationalist and vicious manner. Compelled by a competitive grab for ratings and driven by a weird nationalist moral crusade, many anchors of private TV channels compete in the race for mis- and dis-information.

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