Opinion: Social media and political polarisation in India- By Taberez Ahmed Neyazi

Assistant Professor Taberez Ahmed Neyazi observes that the high ideals of social media are slowly being eroded by toxic debates. He discusses the situation in India:

WHAT we traditionally understand as political polarization in the form of tough and negative rhetoric on the campaign trail that we assume is exacerbated by social media, is common during election campaigns by political parties. However, this polarization continues to thrive outside of election campaign periods among certain groups and is becoming much more evident in daily conversation on social media. The earlier promise that the internet and social media would offer space to marginalized groups and expand democratic deliberations seems to be giving way to more toxic debates. Similarly, research from the US and Europe suggests that the actors who were empowered in the mass media era remain the same in the digital media era, and hence, the same advantages and disadvantages that exist politically offline are being reproduced online.

 

Source: The Seminar

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