Topic– Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.
1) Critically analyze the impact that social media platforms such as Facebook have had on society?(250 words)
Why this question
Social media is omnipresent in our lives and has a huge bearing on society and individuals. This article attempts to examine this and provides a good perspective on the impact of social media which will be useful for paper 1 as well as essay.
Key demand of the question
The question expects us to explain how social media is omnipresent in our lives, and explain the pros and cons of the impact of social media on society.
Critically analyze – When asked to analyze, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, all you need to do is look at the good and bad of something and give a fair judgement.
Structure of the answer
Introduction – Explain that about 1.49 billion people on average log onto Facebook daily; every second, on average, around 6,000 tweets are tweeted on Twitter; and since its inception, over 40 billion photographs have been posted on Instagram. This is evidence of the huge presence of social media in our lives.
Body – Discuss the pros and cons of the impact of social media on society. Eg social media and the Internet have drifted from their promise of closing distances and exposing us to the views of those who existed beyond our personal networks. Instead, we find ourselves to be more rigid versions of our former selves; the problems associated with fake news; the role of social media in instigating violence etc. Also discuss the positives such as the fact that social media has become an echo chamber of the society, helped in creating awareness about several issues eg the fight for LGBTQ rights etc
Conclusion – Give a fair and balanced opinion about the impact of social media.