The digital world keeps on opening new horizons and opportunities and re-defines the way we negotiate with our surroundings. From computers to cameras, audio recording devices to television sets, film-making to animation, the digital technology is the key driving factor. The explosion of user-mediated creativity across various platforms thanks to the availability of low-priced devices such as smart mobile phones and tablets has made possible the “sharing, tweaking, co-creating and re-purposing of digital media content in the public sphere”.
For an in-depth study and analysis of the digital impact, the School of Media and Cultural Studies of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, the Mumbai based pre-eminent social sciences institute of international repute, organized a three day seminar titled DIGINAKA last month. On behalf of Inspiria Knowledge Campus, Dipjyoti Das, faculty member of the Media Sciences department attended the seminar and also presented a paper on hate speech in the internet.
The seminar drew scholars from across the country and also from abroad. Paulo Favero, Associate Professor at the University of Antwerp (Belgium) discussed the latest technological development in documentary making – i-Docs, a platform for interactive documentaries.
The seminar covered a range of diverse and deeply intriguing issues such as digital media activism, the nuances of digital media archiving, digital devices and cinema narratives, digital approach as a development initiative and collaborative approaches to digital film-making.
It was an education and deeply enriching experience at the three day event as attempts were made to make sense of the multi-faceted digital impact on our lives.