GUWAHATI: The second Anamika Ray national media lecture on ‘Media Literacy as Active Citizenship: An Argument’ was delivered on Friday at Gauhati University by Jatin Srivastava, Associate Professor, EW Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University. Organized by Anamika Ray Memorial Trust (ARMT), Guwahati in collaboration with Department of Communication and Journalism, Gauhati University at the conference hall of New Academic Building, the lecture highlighted the importance of media literacy for an aware citizenry in a developing republic like India. Tracing the development of media through his varied experiences, Srivastava emphasized that people should keenly note the changes media has been undergoing to properly appreciate its role, responsibilities, and challenges ahead. Dwelling on the ‘Me Too’ movement in social media, he said: “While people of a certain class are pouring out their anguish on social media, the voices of other much more vulnerable sections are not being heard at all. For example, does a domestic maid vulnerable to exploitation and abuse, have any recourse to social media?” Earlier, the lecture programme was inaugurated by Mridul Hazarika, Vice Chancellor, Gauhati University. Presided over by Professor Madhav Chandra Sarma, the lecture was attended by Secretary of University Classes Hemanta Kumar Nath, ARMT Vice Chairman Rajat Baran Mahanta and a host of dignitaries and scholars.
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