Ever since I have turned cynical (and apathetic) I would concur with Atanu Dey about blogging being a waste of time. Perhaps for the same reason, I have turning out the posts at much lesser frequency than I used to do it before. Having twisted life doesn’t help either.
We have turned in a nation of voyuers and perhaps blogging has made it easier to “exhibit” a little more. And wonder of all wonders, I have been turning in a pseudo- intellectual. Vouyerism has come mainstream.
I hadearlier explored the same theme and was satisfied with the conclusion to “set up an ecosystem”. The mainstream media was observing this, I got an offer for which I reluctantly agreed and perhaps there was a lot of blood shed for no ryhme or reason. I must admit, I have lost the battle (and will) to fight the system, to highlight the way we are being ripped and why considered interests are keeping the mainstream media on a tight leash. We all work on “hope”, yes but till the time blood is shed, we would be content to be happy with Gandhi’s prescriptions on giving the “other cheek for the person to slap”. Or perhaps, “non violent” methods of protest. No wonder, he was hailed as “Mahatma”. Frankly, I dont have patience to see other nations gallop ahead of us while we sit up with our asses high up to grin that we are “IT Superpower”. Balls.It only makes my blood boil.
All in all, blogging is a self-indulgent waste of time, especially for the reader. For the writer, it could have some redeeming features such as the opportunity to learn how to write, to expound on topics of interest, or even to just maintain a store of interesting tidbits one has collected on one random walks across cyberspace.
This is just a part of the thought process that I have been going through, ever since we wanted to drum up support for highlighting the hassles of access in media.
No, media wont do it. Well, not as radical as we want it to be. We are at mercy of the system(legal or otherwise). Then what’s the whole purpose of the blog when it can’t get mainstream, influence decisions and usher in some degree of accountability? Why doesn’t it bother the BSNL/MTNL/Airtel/Reliance et al and the othr myriad companies that they have horribly screwed up on so many counts? Why is it that I don’t see any rebuttal of my claims here?
We form a very small base, dispensable crowd. Sushubh’s outbursts against Sify achieved nothing. They tormented him, gave him hell but managed to collect subscription at the end of the month. It’s another matter that they are glorified loosers but did media highight depsite the fact that on Google Sushubh’s website is the second hit? There is a WHOLE frigging mass of humanity that has complaints against Sify, the way a private player managed to screw up access. Still no mention of it anywhere. I am even appalled to think of it this way that the same media guys are happy to “suffer” otherwise.
What am I to concur? Do blogs really make a difference? For the same reason, Rajedeep’s “ruminations” on IBN remain confessions of what they ought to have done. Do they have enough guts to review the mess otherwise? Would they be elements of change as they sought out to be? I have nothing personal against Rajdeep, but I have just highlighted a very public person who happens to have a blog. It could be the same for Prannoy Roy or anyone from media.
Yes, I remain opposed to communists, foreign media channels and hike in FDI. They all seek to undermine the national interest. It’s perhaps the same thing as preaching religion to masses. It’s easier when our home and hearth is secured. Otherwise, no one turns to God except in distress.
Ultimately, the decision to read the posts remains yours. I would feel happy when I come to know that my posts have made some difference to you if you have been charged by my outbursts; you have acted against the erring company. That you took recourse to natural justice to bring the erring company to fault. It would restore faith in my own write ups then.
And perhaps in myself. Give me hope that things can change.