Activism through Social Media

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A paper on the performance of foreign media during Nepal Quake


In spite of huge coverage of the post earthquake scenario of Nepal, many Indian Television channels were criticized by large media literate audiences. Their contents were mainly related with overwhelming their government aid by making it sensationalize and they were also dramatizing the grief of the victims as they were making the disaster coverage, the spicy story. Moreover, their coverage had been jingoistic and insensitive. These all had provoked Nepalese living worldwide to speak up in their protest. And the social media had played a significant role in breaking the spiral of silence in this regard which had contributed a lot in chasing the Indian media away from Nepal finally. The main reason behind this seemed to be intercultural sensitivity that the Indian media failed to realize or feel and they also became unable to make Nepalese audiences to feel their presence. If they wanted, it was the best time or opportunity for them to show the fraternity and neighborhood between the two countries not only from the government side but also through the fourth estate of the government. Instead of being a public relation tool of the government if they had showed the best performance realizing the power of media and their role in the time of disaster, then it would rock in the international arena of media. It would also have a good image among South Asian countries as well. Continue reading

Cross cultural harmony among Nepalese during the Nepal quake 2015

The April 25th earthquake in Nepal proved devastating for the country. A 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck many districts and human lives in Nepal. Aftershocks, avalanches and landslides followed. News agencies report the death toll is now over more than 8,000 and still continues to rise. The calamitous earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25 and followed by May 12 touched the nerves of many. As Aristotle had said ‘Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities, not through insensibility but through greatness of mind’, we also tried to bear the pain of sufferings being empathetic, helpful, crossing the intercultural barriers for the sake of mankind. Continue reading