Social media is now a space of brevity, says Shashi Tharoor

  • | Sunday | 24th November, 2019

He was speaking at the concluding ceremony of the international seminar on the ‘Impact of Hegemonic Ideograms on Language in Social Media’ here at Government College for Women in Vazhuthacaud. “Emoticons, memes, GIFs and other social media elements, in particular, have also become political tools with political parties using them to communicate with their followers on social media and users, in turn, are using this media to censure and oppose their elected representatives. “Social media is now a space of brevity. The attention span of users on social media is low and therefore whatever needs to be conveyed should be made in words that can be read in a few seconds. The seminar addressed concerns regarding the recent enhancement in the use of visual content on social media in various forms like emoticons, stickers, GIFs, memes and trolls.

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