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In the recent times, being social is only limited to facebook, twitter, and other social networking sites

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October 17, 2016: In the recent times, people with busy scheduled life and nuclear families have isolated themselves from the rest of social activities. To them, being social is only limited to facebook, twitter, and other social networking sites. In this world of increasing loneliness, community events have become a must for the society. They help people in getting to know each other and also to spread awareness about various social issues. Here are 10 ways to have community gatherings that also happen to be extremely fun.

  • Throw a street party, less talk and more action!

Street parties also known as ‘block parties’ have a long history. They first originated in New York at the beginning of World War I.

Whole blocks were sealed in order to hold a parade and patriotic singing to honour the warriors of that particular block. In the UK, street parties began taking place in 1919 in the form of ‘Peace Teas’ after the war. They were thought of as a treat for children who had struggled in those hard times. These parties were formal events.

Since then, street parties were regularly held in England and Wales on national days of celebration, such as  the wedding of Diana and Charles in 1981.

Today Street parties are held at any time, for all age groups, in order to build community relations at the local level. They are a fun and friendly affair where people bring a dish to share.

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Party. Gif Source: Giphy
  • Organise a film screening: Serious or Funny, people will have a good time!

Everyone enjoys a great movie on a big screen with yummy popcorn. You could plan a film screening at a public place such as  local school, or even in the open, under the sky. You can  Choose to screen a recent blockbuster or if you want to deliver a certain message, you can play movies related to it. For instance, you could choose ‘Fault in Our Stars’ if you want to spread awareness about cancer. However, under UK copyright law, you require a licence to do screen films outside your home.

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Watching movies. Gif Source: Giphy
  • Have a pub quiz: Get Mind boggling questions to engage all!

A quiz game with questions related to general knowledge  can be fun for a broad audience. You can also focus on different groups by having questions on topics such as music, sports etc. To make things more interesting, you can have a theme quiz with matching decorations and costumes.Writing questions for the quiz is a very important and also difficult task. Use help from the internet, library or buy a ready-made quiz book.

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Quiz. Gif source: Giphy

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  • Relax and Go for Gardening!

Gardening is one of the most peaceful and relaxing activities that is also quite fun. Find a green area in your locality that in not in the best condition and try to restore it with your community members. Removing weeds, picking out litter, and growing flowers will transform it into a beautiful recreational spot. You could also try turning unused land into vegetable patches. Holding vegetable growing competitions would also do the trick!

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Gardening, Giphy
  • Organize a swap shop, offer a helping hand!

Organising a swapping event will lead to both social and environmental advantages for the community. It will minimise the magnitude of junk filling up the landfills. This activity will also help the poor as they would be able to get items that they need.

  • Bring out the talent! Organise an arts & crafts festival

Artists and craft enthusiasts are present in every community. Having your own crafts and art festival would be fun. You can have stalls selling hand-made craft items such as jewellery, decorations etc. Street art would be a great way to attract the younger generation. You can also have an auction for charitable causes.

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Drawing, Giphy
  • Have a Theme Day: Look for weird Costumes!

There are a lot of themed days you can organise. Take help from the internet to select a fun theme that would interest all age groups. A good way to involve the community is by asking them to dress up as particular. You can also call local or even famous writers who are related to your community. You can have story writing and poetry competitions.

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Theme parties may turn as hilarious as this. Gif Source: Giphy
  • Organise a performance for multi-talented people!

Everyone Performances by artists are a wonderful community event. You can organise live performances by dancers, singers martial artists etc. For example, you could have a live theatre  performance for your community.

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Dance, Giphy

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  • Plan a  Food Fest and make Foodies happy!

Everyone loves delicious food with irresistible aroma! Food fests are a great way of highlighting  the local producers, sellers and chefs of the community. People will get to eat amazing local food while socialising among themselves. You could also donate the profit made for some charitable cause.

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Foodie, Giphy
  • Fireworks always attract Crowd!  

Fireworks always attract a crowd. People are amazed by the glowing and sparkling sky. Add a bonfire and you have an amazing community event. Serve delicious food to make the night even better.

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Firework. Gif Source: Giphy

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Social Media in India: Understanding The Dynamics of ‘Facebook’ and ‘Twitter’

Social media, a double-edged sword, is an evolving forum of communication in the internet media

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India has world’s largest number of Facebook Users with over 195 million users, overtaking US by over 4 million subscribers. Pixabay

Social media is a strange place that connects millions of people worldwide. It is a platform that keeps people engaged in several trending issues. However, the point of concern being, how do they react? This makes social media a double-edged sword.

Let’s take an example. Once, a photo of a young schoolboy from a poor family went viral. The boy was sitting outside a Noida metro station, trying to earn money through a weighing scale and studying at the same time. He caught the attention of one of the commuters. A picture was taken and uploaded on Facebook. The picture went viral. Now, there were several people who came forward to help. One of them was the then Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav, who promised to ensure full opportunity for them to study without having to work.

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Twitter, the microblogging site has 23.2 million Monthly Active Users in India, which is 2nd largest in Asia-Pacific after Japan with 26 million MUAs. Pixabay

This was one example or the so-called ‘positive side’ of social media. Now let’s turn the page and look at the other side of the road. Here the ‘other-type’ instances on social media:

  • In 2012, morphed pictures and videos of earthquake victims went viral. The morphed images were aimed to show that these were Muslim victims of civil riots in Assam and Burma. This was done to provoke riots by vested interests.
  • There were instances of hate and revenge messages being spread against Hindu migrants living in South India. This resulted in a mass exodus of people from the North East.
  • At an individual level, there are many examples where when a relationship went sour, one of the partners uploaded intimate pictures, videos or information, in revenge against their former partner.
  • Another point of concern is the easy access to all types of porn by minors. This is resulting in rapidly changing social behaviour and redefining morality.

The major problem being stated is that the society as a larger whole is unable to keep pace and social media is, hence, increasing the gap between older and younger generations rather than bringing them closer.

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There are over 30 Million LinkedIn Users in India, while 467 million users globally. Pixabay

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Should there be government intervention in the use of social media?

India is witnessing increasing internet and mobile penetration. With first-time users onto these platforms, the risk of mass hysteria or communal reactions increases. It is imperative for the government to get together all stakeholders of civil society and try and address the issue of balancing media freedom with media regulation.

Putting regulations or any type of curbs on the internet will be a sensitive subject in any type of free society and of course, it will result in certain opposition. However, what we need to understand is, each society is different. Therefore, every society has to develop its own mechanism to address the negative consequences of social media.

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There are 16 Million Instagram users in India. Pixabay

For example, the Indian government had blocked internet services in the state of Jammu and Kashmir during the period of eid in 2015. It was a preventive measure. However, despite the ban, there were clashes with the police and violence. The point of concern being, the situation could have been much worse had the internet and social media been accessible.

With the world getting increasingly connected through the web and India on the cusp of a ‘Digital’ revolution, the government must take up establishing clear cybersecurity laws and cyber management policies on an urgent basis. Social media could work as a development catalyst or could become a national threat.