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My notes - 18DEC2015 18-12-2015

Moral Panics and social Media

 

Increase in different modes of engagement provided by technology and other forms of sensitivities of the people to the questions of diversity is creating an exaggerated response to the events. This is described as Moral Panics by Stanley Cohen. Here, the moral part is the condemnation and disapproval and panic is the element of hysteria and overreaction.

This is largely created by Media. Earlier people used to react to the events and electronic media made them to react to the Medias portrayal of events. Social media is creating reactions to reactions and cycle of events. In this radically networked society, Moral panics are intense, personal and transient. Twitter, like buttons reduced the quality of public discourse.

It is clearly reflected in the replacement of debate with outrage, deliberative democracy with confrontational. The disagreements are turning permanent questioning the legitimacy of political authority. In this environment fear and divisiveness are likely to triumph over ideals and inclusiveness. So, every one of us need to engage in introspection and self-reflection.

Regulation of Electronic Media

In India, BCCC(Broadcasting content complaints council ) established by the broadcasting federation of India is a self-regulatory authority. It can issue the advisories and any news channels not following them can be referred to Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for action.

The programming code that BCCC drew on is from the cable television Networks (Regulation) act – 1995. The code is general and non specific. Here, the major challenge of the institution is to balance between the free speech and regulation of content.

Unlike regulatory authorities of USA such as Federal communications commission which can impose hefty penalties and UKs Ofcom that has statutory status, BCCC of India has neither of the powers. It makes the job much difficult.

Agricultural improvement

  • Agricultural Insurance
  • Agricultural extension system - India has a pluralistic extension system dominated by the public sector – field extension pursued by the development departments and frontline extensions pursued by the ICAR and agricultural universities through Krishi vigyan kendras.
  • The recent programs of the Government – Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai yojana, soil health card, paramparagat krishi vikas yojana, National Market scheme
  • Reduction in food losses
  • Addressing the challenge of small land holdings
  • Climate change and reduction in output – This is leading to concerns of food security

Question of the day

Social media and its mode of functioning can essentially change how political administrative systems  systems function and societies interact . Discuss

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