For my last post, I have chosen to write about Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistani activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner. During her time as an activist, Malala has cleverly used media to transcend national boundaries and develop a global message. She first gained attention when she started blogging for the BBC about the shutdowns of girls-only schools and the violence leveled against those in favor of girls’ education. Soon after, The New York Times shot a documentary featuring her and her father. In the past few years, both Middle Eastern and Western outlets have shown interest in Malala and her message. In some respects, Malala is her message. When one thinks of girls’ education, it is hard not to think of Malala.
Malala’s fame skyrocketed after an assassination attempt nearly took her life in 2012; the perpetrators of this assassination wanted to punish Malala for her activism and dissuade other girls from pursuing an education. In the months that followed, the world rallied around Malala. Since then, she has used the spotlight to continue her discussion of education and human rights. Though Malala is not American, she has certainly managed to enter America’s consciousness. Media, no doubt, has played a significant role. Americans have seen images of Malala in the hospital and read her story in the pages of Time. Our current mediascape allows the world to become embedded in the American psyche.
By Kailyn Amory