Manisha is a professor of communication and digital platforms at MICA and chairs its Centre for Development Management and Communication. Her research addresses how ordinary people engage with media to experience agency, explore identities, and participate in social change.
What can be done?
We need to recognize the significance of media and information literacy and redesign it so it becomes a mandatory subject throughout formal education. The new design should consider the increasing importance of the internet in people’s everyday lives without isolating it from the offline world, with a comprehensive approach to fake news, bullying, privacy, inclusion, and algorithms, accompanied by strategies for a more empowered and responsible use of the online space.
Rape and death threats against a cricket team captain's wife and five year old daughter flooded social media in India after his team lost a match.