After several blog posts, I have found it more interesting to explore topics that dive deeper into these social movements rather than just reporting on them and giving my opinion.
This week we are learning about the movement revolving around a girl many of us have heard of named Malala. What I found interesting was the article I read that brought up the way the Western world reported on this event. “Framing of Malala Yousafzai: a comparative analysis of news coverage in Western and Pakistani mainstream English print and alternative media” (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01296612.2016.1142248). Propaganda? No way! That stuff was only used back during World War 2! We’re smarter than that now, we can tell the difference.
Well, not really. After reading this article I became aware of how the western world could have used this event as propaganda against Pakistani groups through social media. (Even though this was an amazing girl who really deserved the social media attention and the awareness towards the issues at hand.
Let’s start with a simple description of who Malala is and what happened in the first place:
“Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. She is known mainly for human rights advocacy for education and for women in her native Swat Valley in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. Yousafzai’s advocacy has since grown into an international movement.” (Wikipedia).
I believe in creating social awareness through the media, especially for girls who were as brave as young Malala. However, the question we have to continuously ask ourselves is, “What am I not seeing?” when it comes to mainstream media. It is important to always get the full story and understand “framing” in the media. The western world might have seen this story as a chance to emotionally turn us away from certain groups in the world. But, what is important to remember is the movement young Malala was so bravely standing up for; girls’ education rights.
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Citations: “Framing of Malala Yousafzai: a comparative analysis of news coverage in Western and Pakistani mainstream English print and alternative media” (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01296612.2016.1142248).
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