Ban of YouTube in Pakistan – New Perspective:
Everyone has read enough about Ban of YouTube, the blasphemous content hosted on YouTube against Islam and Muslims, the conflict between Supreme Court, PTA and Government – where everyone is trying to get rid of his responsibilities and not to ignore the arguments of “Enlightened People” who say that blasphemy aside, YouTube has lots of educational content and depriving access to it is the violation of human rights!
Well I’ll not waste your time in all these debates, very recently I explored some dimensions of YouTube usage in Pakistan to understand how greater the impact of blockage of YouTube is. And to my astonishment (and for reader’s amusement 🙂 ) I found the following results for YouTube usage in Pakistan in 2013.
Now before we continue further, kindly note:
- YouTube is currently banned in Pakistan
- To access YouTube, one must use proxy softwares
- Proxy softwares are not easy to use or setup, they usually require some sort of common sense, that obviously most of the common people lack 🙂
We see that most of the people in this country are only interested in using YouTube for songs, movies and other “recreational” activities. A nation such as ours, with so much troubles and challenges in our society, wastes so much of its potential and time in just watching useless stuff on YouTube. Certainly I cannot force or suggest what people should do or not do on YouTube or Internet, but now I just laugh at all the comments on the articles that say YouTube should be restored in Pakistan as it has educational content etc etc.
It is a sad fact that we as a nation have not learnt to put Internet in positive use and learn and groom skills.
I have also attached search trends for 2012 and these are no different either:
I have not written this article to criticize anything particular, but to emphasize the point that we should use resources available on the internet for good purposes also rather than wasting time during office/work hours J And I think YouTube should just remained banned for some more time, because:
- It might make us a little more productive
- It has little or no effect on the educational side 😉
- Google should open its office in Pakistan and learn to respect the intentions of Pakistani nation, if it wants to do business here! China has given Google a hard time in this respect. And we should do the same like a proud nation.