Social media and the storm #phailin

PUBLISHED ON: October 11, 2013 | Duration: 14 min, 14 sec

  
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It's a story that is grabbing not just national headlines but also has people around the world looking closely and very anxiously, and has the social media buzzing. Cyclone Phailin is closing in and is expected to make landfall in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh tomorrow evening. It's been described as the biggest cyclone to hit India in years. Many are drawing parallels with Hurricane Katrina that hit the US, causing widespread damage. So on the Social Network Today, we ask, could Phailin prove to be India's Katrina and what role is the social media playing in creating awareness, and has it stolen a march over the official government agencies in that respect? Also on the show, despite all the hype, Malala Yusufzai, the young Pakistani education activist, who's won hearts around the world, loses out on the Nobel Peace Prize. But we ask, despite Malala's incredibly brave fight, has anything changed on the ground in Taliban country? Is the Taliban winning or has Malala made a dent?
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