Emotionally Vacuous Reactions
The blogs have bought a kind of an information revolution with anybody having an iota of interest becoming a Citizen Journalist. But in some ways revolution hasn’t been for good. Before you pull the trigger and tag me as a Luddite allow me to give my arguments.
In last few days going through various blogs by Indians I have found that everybody has condemned the terrorist attacks; as they should have. But the surprising or appalling part has been that the most of criticism was in the same tone and having similar keywords. Like terrorist, blood-thirsty, un-human, fear, security, Muslims, politics, intelligence, corruption, etc.
And most of them had blamed without even knowing how or who has done it. It was more like reading same things again and again with some paraphrasing. Over that it all gave one a feeling that writer is just writing for the sake of writing and you are reading for the sake of reading. There is no emotional attachment; but of course full of similar larger-than-life words; giving you a feel that words may have meaning but no connection; and which have after repeated usage are no more significant than a passing remark.
Maybe it also coming in our culture in some way; the thing we call the city returned to normalcy and failed the terrorist intentions. I am not against recovering from a loss, but at least one should feel a loss. The next day to any terrorist attacks every city looks as if nothing has happened apart from troubling policemen who are further choking the traffic. The local trains are again full after Mumbai bomb blasts, the shopping mania continues after Delhi bomb blasts; the life is same everywhere until and unless your own dear one is one of the victims.
I don’t know why but nobody even tries to ask or answer why terrorist does such acts, as if it doesn’t matter. By having such attitude we may be failing terrorists’ intentions but we are for sure failing the humanity.
When blogomania came it was thought that people would be able to resolve far more amicably by interacting; but it doesn’t look the case. Blogs have become a tool of infinitely duplicating of more prevalent idea.
The end of history and the last man, an idea but forward by Francis Fukuyama, may support liberalism but not one where everybody becomes a kind of clone, and stops thinking for oneself. I really hope it doesn’t lead us back to the time when it became necessary to convert right to speak into a privilege, which had to be won.
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