The following was provided by a friend who travels extensively to the region and for that reason wishes to remain anonymous:
I stumbled upon this today and decided to share it, not because of its intrinsic news value, but because of what it might reveal about the world in which we live.
Zaid Hamid is, according to a post at the Chapati Mystery blog, a man who has secured a niche similar to Glenn Beck in Pakistani media – combining ultra-nationalism with a taste for finding Zionist or Hindu involvement in the Pakistani sphere. Unlike Beck, however, he can’t seem to attract many viewers to his debut video on YouTube.
I find it amazing that fewer than 800 people have watched the Pakistani Muslim issue his call for Hindus to convert to Islam or die since it was posted four days ago. After all, there are approximately 3.3 million Hindus in Pakistan, more than 957 million in neighboring India and almost 1.1 billion worldwide, according to the U.S. State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report 2006 via Wikipedia.
How might his lack of views be explained? I suspect he doesn’t have good internet knowledge (i.e., SEO, tags, keywords, etc.), members of his target audience lack internet access and, finally, his message simply does not “sell.” Realistically, it’s probably a combination of all three of factors. And I’m okay with that.