Gill Scott Heron was wrong. This revolution has been televised. From protests against the presidential reference against Justice Iftikhar to citizens from every walk of life saying no to extremism. The role the media has played in these past two months has been remarkable. From the day the shocking footage of the chief justice of Pakistan being manhandled was aired till today, the nation has been bombarded with a series of images, each more Orwellian than before.
This is why it angers me when people make offhand comments about how the presidential reference doesn’t make a difference in their lives. How dare they say that – an attack on the judiciary is not inconsequential, it is one of the highest forms of injustice and arrogance on the part of the establishment that we have seen so far, and there have been many instances in history that we have seen images that have made our blood turn cold – public floggings, a mountain turning shades of crimson and then yellow, Murtaza Bhutto dying in a pool of blood, bombs, every year, more regular than the electricity supply.
So remember this: when you say it doesn’t matter, when you ignore the headlines, and the bitter editorials, you become a little less human. Everyday.