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Intimate Speakers: Why Introverted and Socially Ostracized Citizens Use Social Media Paperback – 20 Feb 2017
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About the Author
A writer, teacher and blogger, Biju P. R. is a peer reviewer for various reputed journals including the Asian Journal of Communication. He is a contributor to the South Asia Politics and various online outlets such as Merinews, India Opines and countercurrents.org. His research interests lie in the intersection of Internet, politics and social change. He has written extensively on the interface between social media and politics, in popular web journals, academic outlets and online news portals. He currently works as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science, Government Brennen College, in Thalassery, Kerala, India. Biju has authored the book Political Internet (Routledge, 2016), has finished the typescript of three books—first, on Internet and sexuality; second, on the negative impacts of social media; and third, a novel—and is presently working on a narrative non-fiction with the working title Lovescape: Why India is afraid of love.
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is a compilation of thoughts and experiences in the virtual world of Internet and social media by Biju P.R. Writer, teacher and blogger .The author has depicted his personal encounters and the happenings in the country along with the findings from the eminent scholars .There are three parts, each gives a different picture of the activities of netizens , woman empowerment, through the Internet, and sexual activism of lesbian,,gay,bisexuals,transgenders and inter-sex (LGBTI). One chapter relates to Dalits .The crux of the book is the fact that we are all becoming Intimate speakers in this virtual world ,
The other day my neighbour has asked me ," We have become his Facebook friends. Why you are not putting any Like ,Comment, or Share for my posts whereas I am doing it on your posts?" It has not occurred to me this is a big issue and I have felt bad my backwardness in the virtual world makes me an odd man out. This book has enlightened me on all facets of Internet and Social media.
The title of the book Intimate speakers is a powerful eye-catching one and it shows the sea- change that has taken place in our country after advent of Internet and social media like Facebook ,Twitter. and WhatsApp.
You are buying the electronics gadget like smart phone at the cost of more than 10K . This book comes to you as a great guide and the investment of Rs 250/ worthful one and it is a best buy for all the clarifications and discussions . Nuggets of wisdom will definitely help you to handle Internet and social media in a proactive and productive way . You will get a pukka direction and the journey in the online world will be a happy one without any hassle . All bibliophiles want to have this book on their shelf as it is a great reference one on the Internet and social media.
Biju.P.R has penned this book with a passion coupled with scholarly craftsmanship with a lot of research. His language is fresh,precise and magnificent. The narration is interesting His proficiency in this filed has made this book a great success. He has used the word 'space' frequently .This indicates the impact of the Internet on the lifestyle of Indians and the effects of social media in their routine life.There is a poem written by him shows his flair for literature.
Social and historical context :
The book starts with the preface on Intimate speaker's Code of Conduct.It gives an account of the author on his personal experiences,and encounters in his virtual world from the year 1991 to up to date.The book deals with all the subjects related to the cyber world like cybersex, digital market cyberspace,to name a few., It covers various social media like Facebook,Twitter, YouTube,Orkut Blogger , Wordpress, Skype, WhatsApp and SNSs. It talks about the chat platforms like social networking sites ,matrimonial sites etc Also It tells about the impact of these media in the life of an ordinary Indian in the context of his social life as well as personal life.
The following conclusions by the author have got my attention.
Social media was becoming a loudspeaker for the new kind of speakers in the age of instant and constant connections.
Social web became a real test of the liberal characters of Indians cherished and idealized democracy over the years.
Though a slight exaggeration our clicks or finger touches can bring about a biggest change.
Internet has become a new mantra for liberation and empowerment.
Connectivity enables the death of common culture.
Internet is like the Pandors's Box for women and sexual dissenters.
Life is like a walk in the rain. You can either take shelter or get wet.
Internet gives a sense of invisibility to women
Facebook and WhatsApp were their second homes.
Internet has become increasingly accommodative to sexual minorities.
I like this book for all the messages it carries on Internet and Social Media .I also admire the way the book deals with cyber citizenship so that we live in the virtual world with all the peace , happiness and harmony . I recommend this book to all, a good buy and must read by parents,teachers,students ,bloggers and professionals I find the End notes very useful and informative.