Thursday, 13 September 2012

The role of Social Media in the society


Social media is rising, evolving and becoming the integral part of every dynamic country and its changes.  Social media is a part of the world we live in and has become such a crucial form of communication that it will be a factor in any political, social, cultural, economical movement nearly anywhere in the world as they are easily accessible by the masses.

 Factors are not causes, so Social media is neither totally responsible nor irrelevant for the January 25th revolution or the Egypt Revolution or Tunisia revolution.  The role of social media is decisive as it connects Leaders and activists to ordinary citizens rapidly expanding the network of “people” who become willing to take action. How did social media become one of the factors that helped the Revolution to shape up?? As per data Compared to United States and Europe, social media has little penetration in the Arab world. In fact, there are only 21 million Facebook users across the Arab world. So how did social media play such a significant role in fueling a popular revolution? Eg- one of the early catalysts for the January 25th revolution in Egypt was a Facebook page created in honor of Khaled Said, a young man who had been brutally beaten and killed by the police. This page became a focal point around which 470,000 "fans" organized their dissidence while a YouTube video about his murder was viewed by more than 500,000 people fueling further public outrage.

Social media are empowering citizen journalism; they are used as counter rumor or propaganda tool and help people analyze government statementsNow that so many people have cameras built in to their cell phones it’s possible for amateurs to record some of the most powerful footage the world has ever seen and share it globally with a few mouse clicks. There will be more revolution that is yet to shape up and built by the people of the world to fight for their Freedom of speech, Freedom of expression that the SOCIAL MEDIA helps to fabricate and foster.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Intervening to stop Media Violence

Have you ever been influenced to work and act as what you have seen on TV? This blog represents a small research on violent television and films, video, games and music reveals unequivocal evidence that is termed as media violence. The violent content actually in turn increases the likelihood of aggressive and violent behavior in both immediate and long term contexts. The effects that takes place in a much large platform, leading to more severe forms of aggression when compared with effects of other violent risk facts or medical effects.

The researches that are carried out tell the result of media genres and consistent findings. Personal behaviors also get affected on these matters. The growing body of video-game research yields the same conclusions. Short-term exposure simultaneously increases the physical and verbal aggressive behavior, thoughts and emotions on a large scale. Physical assaults, spouse abuse, violent criminal behaviors like forcible rape; aggravated assault provides evidences for frequent exposure to violent media in childhood.
So, how to implement the way to stop it? Media should intervene when the content is in production. Meeting the larger society challenge in providing the children and youth with a much healthier media diet is a challenge. The media should become the social worker and the crusader in changing the effects. Media must prove its worth to the millions rather than violent exposure. Become a responsible media professional and work towards better future.

Break away from convections and start strong

Learning to do something different? Well the facts say that one doesn’t need to learn to do something different, one just does. Have you ever thought if every youth of our country starts thinking and acting in a more classified way, India would stop going to the dogs? Everyone needs an urge that inspires them to move ahead and do something for the nation. Here is an interesting story that may inspire you, the YOUTH!

“As a man was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not.

He saw a trainer nearby and asked why these animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away. “Well,” trainer said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”

The man was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.”
Have you ever thought that we also clinch onto the same belief, we also don’t allow ourselves to be free and we also believe that “whatever is going on is not our business?” The Indian youth should stand up and start breaking convections on the ground of backwardness, achievements, sports and most importantly corruption. It’s a fight for our right! And all we need is COURAGE.