Archive for the ‘new media’ Category

Media in Pakistan has taken off like a rocket to say the least in the last eight years. From conventional to creative it has come a long way from its days of infancy to incorporating new and more interactive methods of broadcasting.

Its hub is in no other place except for this city by the sea and these days “main stream media” is busy engaging people of a different and alternative variety…err yeah us…bloggers. From calling us on shows on live tv to having conversations with us on face book or twitter or other social media platforms “MSM” has suddenly adopted the “bring em on” policy and said yes to “citizen journalism” What does this mean for us as parts of alternative media? Does this mean the war for ratings will now extend to our computer screens or does it mean that the future will mean that each one of our voices digital or conventional melds in a national scream of sentiment to show the world what this countries true face is? Questions only time will answer

Among the most prominent “MSM” talk show hosts to blend “new media” and the first one to bring twitter into a main streamĀ  show is the polished and demure Naveen Naqvi of Dawn tv. She entered this realm with hosting Breakfast at dawn and now the show has turned into a digitized hybrid between new media and mainstream media with her including not just comments on the topics via live tweeting but even going so far as to askĀ  questions tweeted to her by her ever increasing cyber following. Yes you got that right this is happening right now in Karachi…everyday on BAD.

Another name one must mention here is that of Faisal Qureshi, although he does not live tweet stuff into his show’s feed he has recently started broadcasting of his show “Karavan” on ustream. As we all know ustream is a free tool for live broadcasting available to us tech savvy folk for some time but to see a “MSM” host use it so efficiently is to say the least a thrill. Off course this gent is also available on twitter and face book and every time he drops a “jalaybee” online the comments wave shows anyone watching his massive following.

Considering the amount of opposition these people must face from “MSM” in breaking these barriers they seem to be doing a fantastic job. So I thought it would be relevant if we applaud them for their work and urge them on, for the future is not being scared by networks into submission but the open source environment that will take us onto wings of positivity into our destiny.