Science and Technology
Cancel Culture
Nathan Fulgado - Jul 31,2020
Social media has churned out a variety of trends, each as dynamic and game-changing as the previous ones. From the Arab Spring, where social media played a pivotal role in the organisations of protests and demonstrations in Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Syria, and Bahrain, which led to the deposition of rulers like Hosni Mubarak and Muammar Gaddafi, to the #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter movements. These prove that social media is beyond selfies and ‘TikTok’ dances, but has played a crucial role in changing social norms, and broadening peoples’ thought processes. It forces people to be open-minded and be accepting of the unconventional. The most recent trend-turned-social movement is the phenomenon of #CancelCulture. This term was prompted by conversations pertaining to the #MeToo movement, which encouraged women to speak out about sexual harassment or abuse at the workplace. From female celebrities and female athletes, to common housewives, women from all backgrounds were speaking out about their experiences as a victim of sexual harassment. While the prior movement encouraged women to speak up, the latter encouraged people to sever their relationship with the person or celebrity accused, to put it in simple words- cancel them. From American rapper R Kelly (on accounts of sexual misconduct) and the King of Pop, Michael Jackson (child molestation), to Bollywood celebrities like Karan Johar and Salman Khan, no one has been able to escape the effects of #CancelCulture. But what is this phenomenon supposed to be in the first place? #CancelCulture is the newest and most effective technique of a concept known as ‘online shaming’.
Misuse of Social Media Platforms
Pratham Malik - Jul 07,2020
Social media is a relatively recent phenomenon and has become an essential part of our daily lives. Social media has enabled people to be connected no matter wherever they are and is bringing out new facets of people interest, engagement, and behavior.
Mission Verification
Suchitra Rau - Jul 03,2020
Amidst the imposition of a worldwide lockdown, our only source of knowledge beyond our four walls comes from media agencies, whether digitally or otherwise. We rely solely on external sources to tell us the current status of the world. Since we are unable to ascertain the precision of the same for ourselves, there has been an escalation in the spread of fake news. Through the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world has been privy to a great deal of misinformation and falsely stated facts.
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