By- Gayatri, Senior Managing Editor
The threats to our health, economy, and relationships caused by COVID-19 are unprecedented. For many people, this has created not only extreme anxiety, but also feelings of sadness, anger, guilt, and confusion.
Optically, it’s positively indecent that while so many are suffering, hosting an event and targeting audiences, posting stuffs just to proliferate our reach reflects the very ignominious approach. Being part of WhatsApp groups like Delhi University Debating Pages etcetera and blog like SocioLegalLiterary, my gallery is seeing inundation of webinar posters every day.
Also, being a woman belonging to rural background and backward class, I find this way of communication/debate or discussion very exclusionary where, every day, I am left behind due to network issue or some household work.
Apart from that, Personally, I ‘ve never been in support of having a discussion through webinars, for me, this digital milieu limits the spaces of interactions between speaker and listeners entombing the very idea of Debates and Discussion. However, I am not denying the fact that the times now are arduous, and we will be able to conquer mental and emotional entrenchments engendered due to ongoing pandemic only through establishing dialogues and healthy conversations, that for now can’t be done in physical presence.
Here, we need to think otherwise, that, does attending webinar relaxes a person or it only exacerbate the super sensible statuses of a person?
Also,as blogs and Social pages,we have some responsibility towards our people and society because in todays virtual times,these very platforms are acting as Alternative Media.
We need to understand that Webinar, as an idea upholds discriminatory culture because its inclination is elitist and exclusive.This very concept resembles ‘Lutyens Media Culture’, where a large section of mainstream media used to revolve around elites,raised and discussed their matters of interest. We need to differentiate between the roles of Lutyens Media and Alternative Media.Therefore, it is prominent to look into a whole different culture that is being developed through the process of webinars (which resembles the unethical behavior of basic Lutyens Media) eventually leading inclusive cultural reliance to an END.
In regard to that, I have had a conversation with Rajesh Ranjan (Founder Editor, SocioLegalLiterary) where I shared my concerns with him and he responded positively. This is to inform that we, SocioLegalLiterary are not going to host any webinar until the situation normalises.