Monday, 22 November 2021

Online Culture: The idea whose time has come - The Eastern Eye: Column by Dr.Utpal K Banerjee

In the West, the new vogue word in the face of pandemic and the decline of all cultural institutions and practices is the revengeful coinage: 'cancel culture'! This critic would strongly recommend we counter this notion in India, take the bull by the horn and use the pandemic to create our own vogue word: 'online culture'. This is keeping in view our technology scenario: the number of computer users in the country is 14% of the population, the Internet users are 6% and the people who possess mobile is 63%. The percentages are not negligible, considering the fact that our population is around 138 crores in 2021. Working on these figures, there are roughly 19 crores of computer users, out of whom 8 crores use the Internet, while 45 crores of people possess mobiles, mostly smartphones. These are not inconsiderable figures!

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