N. S Madhavan, M. Nandakumar, Bimal Raj .N and Hrishikesh at MBIFL 2020
Thiruvananthapuram: At MBIFL, writer N. S. Madhavan commented that we live in a period where the Indian flag is held reversely with the accompaniment of the Pakistani poem ‘hum dekhenge’.
The chaos and anarchy prevalent in society has let the social media world uncontrolled. Speaking at the discussion on ‘the invading Cyber lynching that kills creative space’, the writer mentioned that writers are silenced due to cyber attacks.
He stated that factual auditing should be a criterion for social media publishing. The positive aspects he counted on the cause included the strengthening of the ‘MeToo’ movement. N S Madhavan exemplified Tamil writer Perumal Murugan who was silenced by social media attack and elaborated on how creativity is killed by cyber penalising.
The panelists included writers N. S Madhavan, M. Nandakumar, Bimal Raj .N and internet activist Hrishikesh. Bimal Raj voiced out the gender inequality prevalence in Cyber space. He elaborated that women are more at target than men .
Moderator N. Nandakumar commented that post-truth affects people with virtual internet community. Hrishikesh was optimistic that social media platforms keep changing and hence a counter tribe could be formed over the course of time which would rise above the present predatory capitalism in Internet usage.
The session threw light on the fact that factual social media auditing will help in the strengthening of democratic expression of creativity.