Home India ‘India ...

‘India Connected: Mapping the Impact of New Media’ : Book Release in Kolkata brings Digital Divide under spotlight

The book outlines the influence of social media on Human lives while contrasting it with the traditional media

0
Book Release of 'India Connected: Mapping the Impact of New Media' at Kolkata Press Club.

Kolkata, November 5, 2016:  To create awareness about digital divide that has become the new caste system of the world, the book release of ‘India Connected: Mapping the Impact of New Media’ was organized at the Kolkata Press Club on Saturday, November 5.

Edited by Dr. Sunetra Sen Narayan and Dr. Shalini Narayanan, the book outlines the influence of social media on Human lives while contrasting it with the traditional media. Not just that, it also accounts challenges that lies ahead of us and the opportunities that social media flags in the Indian setting.

NewsGram brings to you latest new stories in India.

Book 'India Connected: Mapping the Impact of New Media'
Book ‘India Connected: Mapping the Impact of New Media’

Dr. Narayanan says, digital divide is created due to factors like gender discrimination, income, differently abled people, literacy, and connectivity or speed. If we control them, we can bridge the gap.”

The book release was followed by a panel discussion on New Media and Historical Exclusions: The Challenges Ahead that focussed on the digital divide based on income, gender, and disability.

Documentary filmmaker and Chairperson of West Bengal Commission for the protection of Child Rights- Ananya Chatterjee Chakroborti says,  “Digital Divide is the new caste system in the world and there is a huge gap between country’s rich and poor. But, an organisation called IndiaUnheard is doing a fabulous job in bridging the gap.”

IndiaUnheard is the first ever community news service launched by Video Volunteers. This new initiative is constituted of a network of community correspondents who are trained to tell unique stories; stories about their own communities; stories which are otherwise left untold. The website flags the stories of the plight of these people as well as their success stories.

Go to NewsGram and check out news related to political current issues.

Dr Uma Shankar Pandey, Head of Department of Journalism and Mass Communication of Surendranath College for Women, Kolkata says the problem is that in India, there are 25 crore people who have access to the internet, but the rest 1 billion are deprived of it.

“There is more to this one, what makes the gap worse is that there is 27% gender inequality, which means that boys have more access to internet than girls. Also, there is 12% urban-rural gap, which means rural people are less likely to have access to mobile or internet connections than urban people. This creates a class divide,” he adds.

Look for latest news from India in NewsGram.

“What’s striking is that new media has also brought with it, imposition of a value system,” says Vice Chancellor of Jadavpur University Prof. Suranjan Das. Media can be the torchbearer of ethics, once it is separated from biases.

Among the distinguished authors who contributed to the volume of the book are Prof Stephen McDowell of Florida State University, Tallahassee; Dr B P Sanjay, Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Hyderabad; Prof J Jethwaney, IIMC and others.

– by Deepannita Das of NewsGram. Twitter: @deepweep

Next Story

Simon & Schuster India To Release ‘The Story of Covid-19’

'The Story of Covid-19' is a fascinating and detailed understanding of the secrets of this corona-virus, how it spreads, how it infects your body and how your immune system tries to fight back

0
COVID-19 book
Dr. Mosley "provides a fascinating and detailed understanding of the secrets of this corona-virus in the book. Pixabay

From award-winning science journalist Dr. Michael Mosley, comes “Covid-19: What you need to know about the CORONAVIRUS and the race for the vaccine” that traces the greatest public health threat of our time as it charts the trajectory of the virus from its emergence in China at the end of 2019 to its rapid worldwide spread.

Based on the latest scientific discoveries, Dr. Mosley “provide ‘the Story of Covid-19’ s a fascinating and detailed understanding of the secrets of this corona-virus, how it spreads, how it infects your body and how your immune system tries to fight back”, its publisher, Simon & Schuster India, said. The book also contains plenty of accessible, practical advice on how to ward off infection and look after both your mental and physical health during isolation.

With access to leading experts, Dr Mosley reports on the battle to find treatments and a safe and effective vaccine (ultimately, the only way to defeat the virus), armed with which you’ll be in a better position to protect yourself and your family as the world begins to reopen.

coronavirus
The book also contains plenty of accessible, practical advice on how to ward off the infection and look after both your mental and physical health during isolation. Pixabay

Dr Mathew Vadas, Professor of Medicine and leading immunologist, Centenary Institute and University of Sydney, says of the book: “This is an incredibly readable summary of the latest research. A magical mixture of scientific realism and reasoned hope.” The author trained as a doctor before becoming a journalist and television presenter. He is the #1 bestselling author of “The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet”, “The Clever Guts Diet”, “The Fast 800” and “Fast Asleep”. This is the second book in India on the history, evolution, facts and myths around the coronavirus.

Also Read: Sharpen Your English Language Skills at Home With these Amazing Books

The previous book, “The Coronavirus: What you Need to Know about the Global Pandemic” has been written by Dr. Rajesh M. Parikh, Director of Medical Research and Honorary Neuropsychiatrist at the Jaslok Hospital & Research Centre, Mumbai; Dr Swapneil Parikh, a practicing physician in Mumbai and the co-founder of healthcare start-up; and Maherra Desai, a clinical psychologist and medical researcher. (IANS)

Next Story

Sanitization to Fight Coronavius Begins in UP

Massive sanitization drive begins in UP

0
sanitization
A massive sanitization drive began in major cities in Uttar Pradesh on Friday. (Representation Image). Pixabay

A massive sanitization drive began in major cities in Uttar Pradesh on Friday. This is the latest news in India.

Rajkumar Vishwakarma, DG, fire services, told reporters that sanitization was being done with sodium hypochlorite and fire personnel had been instructed to take care and not to spray the disinfectant on human beings and animals.

sanitization
The sanitization will be done using sodium hypochlorite. (Representational Image). Pixabay

Spraying will also not be done inside any building due to electrical connections.

Fire personnel have been asked to take photographs and post it on WhatsApp media groups. They have been asked to avoid calling the media personnel to the sanitisation sites to avoid risks.

Please follow NewsGram on Instagram to get updates on the latest news

Earlier this week, about 50 migrant workers who were at a bus station in Bareilly, were sprayed with sodium hypochlorite by the sanitisation staff. Those who were sprayed, including children, complained of itching in the eyes and rashes on the body.

Also Read- UNHRC Chief Michele Bachelet: India’s Lockdown Has Implementation Challenges

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath had expressed his concern over the incident and assured action against the guilty.

District magistrate Bareilly, Nitish Kumar said that the incident happened due to ‘over-zealous’ workers. (IANS)

Next Story

People Have Faith in Modi Government to Handle COVID-19 Crisis

Over 83% trust Modi govt will handle COVID-19 crisis well

0
Modi government
The Narendra Modi-led central government is leaving no stone unturned in fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic. Wikimedia Commons

As the Narendra Modi-led central government is leaving no stone unturned in fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic, 83.5 per cent people from various states “trust in government” in handling the crisis.

The findings came out in the IANS-CVoter exclusive tracker on COVID-19 Wave 2 survey conducted during last seven days among 18 plus adults nationwide. The findings and projections are based on Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI).

Replying to a question “I think Indian government is handling the coronavirus well”, 83.5 per cent people agreed that they trust in government’s steps being taken in fight against the deadly disease, and 9.4 per cent expressed their disagreement. The survey was conducted on March 26 and 27. Of the 83.5 per cent who showed their trust in government, 66.4 per cent strongly agree with the opinion and 17.1 agree with the view.

Please follow NewsGram on Facebook to get the latest news updates

A similar survey on the same question done on March 17 and 18 showed that 83.6 per cent people expressed their trust in government in fight against the pandemic which so far has claimed 29 lives and over 1,000 conformed cases. A total of 13.7 per cent people expressed their disagreement.

Modi government
83.5 per cent people from various states trust the Modi government in handling the COVID-19 crisis. Wikimedia Commons

As per the tracker, the data is weighted to the known demographic profile of the states. Sometimes the table figures do not sum to 100 due to the effects of rounding, it says. “Our final data file has socio-economic profile within plus 1 per cent of the demographic profile of the state. We believe this will give the closest possible trends.”

The Tracking Pol fieldwork covers random probability samples during the last seven days from the release date and that the sample spread is across all assembly segments across all states. This survey covers all states in India and was conducted in 10 languages as part of our routine OmniBus, it says.

Please follow NewsGram on Twitter to get the latest news updates

“This is a thorough random probability sample; and we are ensuring a proper representative analysis by statistical weighing of the data to make it representative of the local population as per the latest census and or other available demographic benchmarks.”

Also Read- Castro Gang Murders: How Cuba Eliminated An Opposition

The data clarified that it strictly follows the WAPOR code of conduct (World Association of Public Opinion Research) for our ethical and transparent scientific practices and have incorporated the PCI (Press Council of India ) guidelines as our SOP (Standard Operating Procedures). (IANS)