A say on every matter

A say on every matter

A say on every matter

Of late, a new form of propaganda has started to make itself felt in the arena of social networking; news feeds and homepages are peppered with interesting articles, case studies and opinionated blogs on a variety of social issues.

“It’s an interesting trend,” says Anjali, a professional. “Earlier, most members of these sites posted information about themselves — for instance, pictures of the places they’ve been to or status updates about their day. But now, there’s been a shift. It’s more common to see people sharing snippets and articles about a variety of issues — particularly ones with social relevance,” she says. In her opinion, it’s a positive trend. “As of now, the most predominant subject seems to be violence against women. This isn’t surprising given that the verdicts for two major rape cases have come out in the last few weeks — it’s heartening to know that people are taking an interest in happenings and voicing their opinion,” adds Anjali.

On the other hand, there are some who feel that in the rush of posting articles and blogs, the actual essence of the issue is lost. Manish, who works in an advertising agency, says, “I wouldn’t say that it’s become a fashion, because this goes beyond that. People do care about these issues. On the other hand, I feel that they sometimes post these articles because they want to project themselves in a particular way or assume a kind of false intellectualism, even though they are merely borrowing opinions and perspectives,” he says.

Many of the blogs he’s been reading of late are related to violence against women and environmental issues, both of which he acknowledges are relevant subjects. “There’s a lot of interesting material out there, I agree. But when people start to treat blogs — which aren’t written by experts and not necessarily people who actually have solid information on the subject — as unarguable truths, it always presents a problem.”

Sudhir Selvaraj, a theatre artiste, harbours a controlled enthusiasm towards this trend. “In the hustle and bustle of today’s world, social media sites are a great and controlled way of projecting yourself to the rest of the world. Not to say that activism and social media need to be mutually exclusive; but I know tons of activists who are not on Facebook and at the same time, tons of people projecting themselves to be activists on Facebook,” he concludes.

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