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Essay Writing Plan - Topic 1

Topic - "Social Media is inherently a selfish media" (UPSC 2017) Write your essay on a piece of paper and upload its scanned image in the TELEGRAM GROUP here for peer-review. But first go through the below article. Understanding the topic - While writing an essay in APSC Mains or UPSC Mains, it is important to fully grasp the topic in question. A slight deviation in understanding the topic can lead to a poor essay. We shall illustrate this with an example through the essay in discussion. Consider this introduction to the essay topic mentioned above : "In the era of digitisation, we see that people have tried to connect with others, have tried to express their views and share information through the platform of social media. The burst of popularity , ease of convenience and accessibility has thrust social media as a widely popular medium, yet it has changed its nature & pattern has become more of a self-validating mode. Now the question arises whether the penetration of social media has changed into selfish media? Has social media changed from being a platform of genuine engagement to platform of projecting one's opinion and significance?" Can you spot the problem with the introduction? Although it looks proper, the introduction opines that social media is "changing" to selfish media. However the topic in question says that social media "is" selfish media. Are you able to catch the drift? Let's try tweaking the introduction a bit "In the era of digitisation, we see that people have tried to connect with others, have tried to express their views and share information through the platform of social media. The burst of popularity, ease of convenience and accessibility has thrust social media as a widely popular medium. However through a prudent observation it can be seen that social media is actually a medium of self validation. The question which arises is that if social media is actually a selfish media in disguise? Is it a platform of genuine engagement or just a platform of projecting one's opinion and significance?" Now the introduction seems to be in line with the topic in question. Now as part of our Essay Writing Plan, complete this essay (pen & paper) and upload the scanned image in this telegram group for peer-review. Regular practice would make you perfect and it is the only way to score high in the Essay paper of APSC / UPSC Mains.

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