SONGSOPTOK : The internet revolution has deeply impacted our modern society that can be compared to the discovery of electricity. Today we can’t think of the internet without the social media. When and how did you first discover the social media?

INDIRA SADANANDAN:  Since 10 years.I knew about it even before.My grand child started an account for me in facebook and twitter.

SONGSOPTOK : As far as interpersonal relationships are concerned, the power of the social media today is undeniable, allowing us to communicate in real time across the globe. What is your opinion about this? What are its advantages & disadvantages?

INDIRA SADANANDAN:   Being at home communicating across the world is amazing. Great thing to have acquaintances with writers, men of art, people in other fields, and having lot of friends. Disadvantages: Undesirable messages, tagging without consent, constant pestering from strangers.

SONGSOPTOK : We have noticed that social media has become a powerful vector for personal expression and creativity, because we no longer need the approval or approbation to publish. Our creativity has found a new channel for addressing a global audience. What is your opinion about this?

INDIRA SADANANDAN:   I totally agree with you. To express creativity, opinions etc are a great thing. People may or may not like it. No hindrance. With the valuable comments we get direction and self confidence.

SONGSOPTOK : In this context, it is also true that any and everybody today can claim to be a writer, a poet, or an artist on any number of social media. We no longer have a standard for appreciating true talent – a role that was played by editors or different types of experts. What is you point of view? Do you think that the power of social media have served to create more charlatans than proper artists?

INDIRA SADANANDAN:   I don’t think so. Some try to establish their point of view. For not having the interference of an editor is good. People are the guide and tutors.

SONGSOPTOK : Would you say that the social media has contributed to bringing societies and cultures across the globe closer? If not, what can be done to make it a more powerful tool?

INDIRA SADANANDAN:   Famous writers, philosophers and sages should be brought in. Classics of all societies. Conduct discussions over it and attract people to respond.

SONGSOPTOK : Would you say that in general the users of social media are actually aware of its potential, both in the positive and negative sense? In other words, do you think that the average user is aware of the possible reach of social media and the consequences it may have? What is your own experience?

INDIRA SADANANDAN:   I think an average user is aware of the possible reach maybe in the positive. I don’t have much experience. I use this media only for the expression of my writings and for sharing informative and artistic postings of others. I don’t encourage chatting, but to convey an information.

SONGSOPTOK : Social media is often considered to be a true reflection of human society. What is your opinion? How would you evaluate the image you see today in the context of the society you live in? How true or false is the reflection?

INDIRA SADANANDAN:   We can’t judge it. It is partly right. I am living in a society of arrogance, selfishness, pseudo sexuality etc with no love, mutual respect and so on. In this society everyone is alienated. We can’t expect more. People love to live within four walls, using and electric-electronic device and find happiness in hotel food and crazy for luxury. The need of enormous money makes people live an un-natural life. The reflection is awe-some.

SONGSOPTOK : The advent and the trivialization of social media is today’s society seem to be have erased the difference between virtual and real. Would you agree? What is you own experience?

INDIRA SADANANDAN:   I don’t think the advent and trivialization of social media has played any role in human life to erase virtual and real. Social media to an extend reflects the society in common.

SONGSOPTOK : In your opinion, has social media contributed to breaking down of traditional rules of social relationships? In what way? How would you analyze the impact of social media in this context?

INDIRA SADANANDAN:   Not at all. Society makes use of social media to promote it’s activities either positive or negative. Social media is only a tool in the hands of society.

SONGSOPTOK :  Do you believe that social media can play a constructive role for world peace and unity? Or on the contrary play a totally negative role by fuelling existing conflicts between nations and communities?

INDIRA SADANANDAN:   Yes, I Do. In bringing in the bringing in of the past by upbringing cultural and artistic values, human relations can be promoted.

SONGSOPTOK : How effective can be the role of social media as a tool of protest and action against all sorts of social ills and injustices?

 INDIRA SADANANDAN:  Most effective.

SONGSOPTOK : Lastly, we would like to know the impact of social media, if any, in your own life. What kind of journey has it been? What are your own expectations about the evolution of social media?

INDIRA SADANANDAN:   I am much rejoiced for having my poems published before a global audience immediately after writing them. A divine journey. It may act towards the goodness of humanity by not encouraging religions , atrocities and porn sites.



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