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1) ” The motivation for “labelling” is not to learn and understand but to attack without justification and shows lack of understanding”. Discuss in context of changes brought in society by advancement of the digital age.(250 words)

Topic–  Effects of globalization on Indian society

1) ” The motivation for “labelling” is not to learn and understand but to attack without justification and shows lack of understanding”. Discuss in context of changes brought in society by advancement of the digital age.(250 words)

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Why this question

The digital age has revolutionised the way information has been accessible and shareable and it has been observed that society as a whole is progressing towards labelling persons/ writers/ content. This has led to lack of tolerance and eroded the understanding of ours. The article discusses the issue in detail.

Directive word

Discuss- this is an all-encompassing directive which mandates us to write in detail about the key demand of the question. we also have to discuss about the related and important aspects of the question in order to bring out a complete picture of the issue in hand.

Key demand of the question.

The question wants us to write in detail as to how labelling undermines understanding and why the phenomenon of labelling is related to the advent of science and technology and what should be done in this regard.

Structure of the answer

Introduction– write a few introductory lines about the reading. E.g Reading is matter of fact and habitual; yet it has many hidden dimensions to it. Reading is more than seeing words. It is about making sense of words, about discovering and constructing meaning. The meaning of the words we read are not gathered from dictionaries alone. They are also created from our memories and experiences. The meaning of every sentence is dependent on the context in which it is used.

Body-

Discuss how the digital age has reduced reading to labelling and what are its consequences. E.g A troubling practice that has crept into our contemporary reading practices is the act of labelling instead of ‘reading’. When we read we discover and/or create meaning of what we read. One easy way of discovering meaning is not to struggle through reading but through the act of labelling. Labelling is a way of saying that the article is about something without even reading it. It is remarkable how so much of our reading gets judged by the act of labelling; Labelling is the new illiteracy of our times. Labelling is an obstacle to really understanding what is being said and how it is being said. It is also a lazy and unethical way of reading; The motivation for labelling is not to learn and understand but to attack without justification; It is a symptom of how a literate people can become dangerously illiterate when labelling replaces understanding; It is the spread of labelling as a form of social reading that has also contributed to the spread of hate in our society.

Conclusion– based on your discussion, form a fair and a balanced conclusion on the given issue.

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