Watch: ‘Academics must convey messages which society needs to debate on’ – Prof. Mallia

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It should be an academic’s role to convey important messages to society that should also be of criticism towards what happens in that particular society, said Professor Ġorġ Mallia during an interview with Prof. Andrew Azzopardi on 103 Malta’s Heart.

Professor Ġorġ Mallia, who is the head of department at the Media and Communications Department within the University of Malta, said that he conveys his opinion, based on recent different recent studies, through his art and has always managed to do so. Prof. Mallia is also a cartoonist and through his drawings, he comments on important issues which he believes society needs to debate on.

“I have my opinions and art helps me to express them,” said Prof. Mallia who, on a regular basis publishes his cartoon drawings on social media. He explained how nowadays our minds are more exposed to visuals rather than writings.

During his interview on 103 Malta’s Heart, Prof. Ġorġ Mallia said that an academic is professional thinker, a researcher and should be a curious person as no academic can afford to keep his opinions and beliefs to himself and expressed his concern that unfortunately in Malta we do not have many academics.

Prof. Mallia explained the “ripple effect” where a person on its own cannot directly influence others. He said that the words of a person can leave an impact on others and others can influence other individuals and he has seen this happen through his cartoon drawings when people share them on various Facebook pages.