In today’s day and age, it is rare for a person to be unaware of social media. Defined as computer-mediated tools that allow people or companies to create, share, or exchange information, career interests, ideas, and pictures/videos in virtual communities and networks, social media has invaded our lives in all ways. Some of the more popular ones are Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and WhatsApp.

Our project #SocialSurfing consisted of a series of workshops across India, intending to initiate the dialogue on how the user can have a positive online experience by maximizing the use of social media platforms. #SocialSurfing intended to engage with a diverse group of internet users and build their capacities for a positive and gender sensitive online experience. With these workshops, we also aimed at initiating a dialogue on Counter speech, for the very first time in India. While discussing it with an Indian context, we encouraged the students to come up with their own campaigns that they can run on their social media network. The project was a huge success and we are gearing up for #SocialSurfing 2.0, with even greater vigour and enthusiasm.

In the course of this project, we realized that there are several gaps in the academic literature pertaining to social media, as a field of study. Academic literature and research is of extreme importance in the understanding of a discipline, and for its advancement.

Thus, we decided to invite academic pieces from across the country, in an attempt to begin an academic journey on the topic of social media, and its implications on society, particularly on issues related to gender. This journal is the first of its kind academic journal on social media in India and we are very happy to say that we have received some very well research papers. We believe that it definitely serves as a precursor to a strong literature base on social media, especially in the Indian context.

Download the Complete Social Media Journal

Most Decisions Made After 2 In The Night Are Usually Crazy

“Most decisions made after 2 in the night are usually crazy” (as we know from #HowIMetYourMother). Well, on that day, it was about 2:15 am when my first alarm went off. I generally hate alarms, except for on days when I have to wake up for a cricket match or shoot some hoops or drive far away. In this case, it was the third scenario. As we were heading out to the hills for our first out of station #SocialSurfing workshop.

Social Surfing Workshop

Facebook launches New and Improved Safety Centre

Today, one’s identity is as much a product of their school, college, workplace, family, country, as it is about their presence on social media. And the first among equals when it comes to social media, is undoubtedly Facebook.

Having literally changed the DNA of communication and social interaction in the past decade and a half, Facebook has constantly been coming up with updates and new features, to make social media an integral part of society.

Facebook launches New and Improved Safety Centre

Surf’s Up at LSR College

As we entered the lush campus of Lady Sri Ram College for our workshop on the 29th October 2015, we the CSR team of Vikram Sheoran, Arnika Singh, Nikita Blanes and Abhiruchi.Ranjan, were a bit apprehensive as this was going to be a very short, one and a half hour workshop.

Surf’s Up at LSR College

Workshop in Sikkim University

With Support from Dr. Guha, Head of Communications Department, Centre for Social Research team comprising of Ms. Pratishtha Arora, Ms. Mehak Jhingon and Mr. Vikram Sheoran facilitated the SOCIAL SURFING WORSHOP at the Sikkim University on 9th September 2015 with a total of 33 students.

Workshop in Sikkim University

Surfing through IP College

After two months of hard core brainstorming, the team at CSR finally had the blue print of what our programme will look like. Social Surfing, the title of this programme clicked with everyone in the team and we were ready to surf through universities in Delhi/NCR and pan-India. Enabling the youth to protect their online information and channelizing their energy to use the social networks for driving in a change, are the two prime motives of the programme.

Surfing through IP College

Workshop in University of Hyderabad

Social Surfing reached Hyderabad on 11th September for a workshop with the Media and Communications students at the University of Hyderabad. Dr. Usha Raman supported the programme that was attended by a total of 30 students.

The workshop began with a short introduction by Ms. Anubhuti on Centre for Social Research, followed by the objectives of the workshop. This discussion was carried forward with a short video that talked about the impact of social media and a detailed presentation on the history of internet.

Workshop in University of Hyderabad

Masters of Myth

It has been quite the month, the relevance of #SocialMedia has been highlighted yet again. Be it Arnab Goswami quitting times now (the video of the farewell speech first showed up on our Whatsapp before anyone reported it), to America voting for Trump as president (News Feed’s of Social Media platforms and our inability to filter fact from fiction is being discussed), to the latest panic about the 2000 rupee notes.

Masters of Myth

Gyges of the digital age!

On one hand I was annoyed(for obvious reasons), on the other surprised(on how come the most mumb individuals in person, turn into ferocious debaters online). While researching the web to make sense of trolling, I came across the Gyges Effect. (Remember the epic Hollywood trilogy #LordOfTheRings, its kinda retelling of the story of the Ring of Gyges). Gyges, has a ring which made him invisible, Greek philosopher Plato talks about it in his book Republic. Trolls also believe that they are invisible, and they cannot be taken to task for their online actions ( which is true to an extent).

Gyges of the digital age!

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