Sunday, December 5, 2010
Peddling Conspiracy Theories in Pakistan
Great video by the New York Times about the conspiratorial nature of Pakistan's media outlets. The situation has been made worse, ironically, after the proliferation of nearly 30 television news outlets. Instead of competing with each other for the race to the top, it has become a race to the bottom-- the crazier your conspiracy theories, the higher your ratings.
The problem with the Pakistani media as I see it is of two extremes: one one hand, we have a portion of the media who are subservient to the prevailing power structure that controls Pakistan; and second, we have the merry peddlers of conspiracies, gossip, and jingoistic nationalsim. Somewhere in there is the truth. Will Pakistan ever find it?