Taking a cue from the recent cases of negatively altered or hoax news being made viral through the use of social media, one begins to wonder if media in the modern times of progress and transparency has lost its objectivity. One is pushed to contemplate if the transparency of social media as a source for viable information is a façade. In the 21st century where we are just clicks away from presenting our opinions to millions of people sitting in different corners of the world, are we becoming unethical monologists and excited and more dangerously, impulsive reactionaries?

The new age media has lost its objectivity; there has been a massive downpour of subjective sensationalism causing either a dilution or an exaggeration of information intensity. The question here is if it is possible to maintain ethical degree of disseminating information? Who decides the degree? Who are the beneficiaries and stake holders?

With 356 million 10-24 year-old, India has the world’s largest youth population despite having a smaller population than China, a latest UN report states. Are the young minds and their enthusiasm, a tool in the hands of politically aligned minds for instigating explosive outburst of young passion? A possible goal could be to create social havoc a cultural unrest stemming from the communal and ideological deficiencies of an underdeveloped mind.

In conformity with the emerging trends of media and keeping in view the changing perspectives and its impact on the current generation we have decided to organised a talk show titled “Loss of Objectivity of Social Media – A Millennium Concern”.

Date: 3rd August, 2018

Venue: Foundation for Social Transformation (FST) premises

Time: 4pm to 6pm

Objectives Sharing Meeting:

  • Discussion, deliberation and intellectual engagement on the impact of social media on the society and particularly on youth
  • Understanding the consequences of impulsive reaction to social media posts
  • Comprehending the social, political and cultural dynamics of fake news and the follow up ripple effect
  • Analysing the adverse effects of social media in negatively channelizing the conflicts of cultural and ethnic identities in the Northeast India states

Speakers introducing the session along with our Executive Director, Mr. Ritupon Gogoi (extreme right)

Group Photograph of the invitees, chief speakers and team FST

Conversation in Progress

Speakers respectively from the left Mr. Indrajeet Bhuyan, Florence Handique and Nasreen Habib felicitated by our Finance and Operations Manager, Smriti Bhuyan

Question and Answer Session by the invitees

Question and Answer Session

Synopsis/ Event Highlights:

The conversation was initiated by the esteemed speakers who introduced the topic of social media and its impact on present generation. The discussed was further carried on by the invitees which includes media professionals, students, youth, academicians etc. Various on-going issues on the new media and its usages, fake news, sensitisation of news and as such topics were put forwarded by the crowd. On the contrary the positive aspects of social media were also been encountered by many of them present in the conversation. Overall the session was an enlightening one with active participation and involvement of all the participants and speakers along with team FST.

Total Participants: 27

Chief Speakers: Ms. Nasreen Habib, Ms Florence Handique and Mr. Indrajeet Bhuyan