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Voices from 2-day National Conference 'Manthan-19' in Gurugram
Two-day Manthan '19' at Gurugram's SGT University on the theme on "Media Literacy -Tools, Technology and Challenges" concluded on April 13 which witnessed participants from various states in which 40 research papers were read by academicians and research scholars, states the organizers' website.

On the first day, two technical sessions were organized, namely, "Communication, Language and Media Literacy; and Media Literacy in the Context of Social Media". The second day had two technical sessions that got organized: 'Media Literacy through Film and Literature' and 'Challenges of Media Literacy and Journalism'.

Eminent media personalities such as Prof Sachidanand Joshi, Satish Jacob, Dr Anubhuti Yadav, Prof Sanjeev Bhanawat, Prof Krishanatrey, Bal Mukund Sinha and Jitendra Singh addressed the participants.

Some of the prominent voices heard during the conference were as follows:

~ We have become an 'over-informationized'; 'mediatised' and 'post-truth' society wherein 'whoever gets whatever information holds it to be true and checking it like doubts the self'.

~ By being bombarded with too much of information our thinking process is getting retarded on the whole.

~Lapping up information without verification is generating new societal divides and problems.

~Bifurcation of misinformation and disinformation is necessary; one has to careful that who is giving the news for whom with what arguments and being aware of all those arguments which are not included, how skewed are the news being circulated.

~Difference of journalistic world and academic world should be clear to students of various media courses and they must be taught the how to strike a balance between the two.

~The media world is changing at an unprecedented speed and to keep up with its pace, the media related area of research must be promoted.

I contributed to the conference and made presentation on visual research methodology using video filming as a diagnostic tool for children with special needs at Disha in Jaipur.

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