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Sambhar Mafia - Cooked To Kill!

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Half-baked Opinions And Organized Gossips

ToI is known to come up with blog-bashing articles from time to time and it is no surprise that they have done it yet again. The article projects bloggers in poor light and suggests that the blogosphere is full of miscreants who are losers in real life. I guess this is ToI's way of responding to all the flak that it receives from blogistan.

Everyone has a story to tell, but everyone is not a natural-born storyteller. Everyone has a right to an opinion, but a lot of people confuse it with meaningless fuming and ranting. Everyone has a right to be stupid, but some people abuse the privilege. There are a lot of people who are sick and tired of having to eke their way through life. A lot of people are sick of being nobody. A lot of people's lives have been reduced to inconsequential chatter with their inconsequential friends. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions and their lives a second-hand mimicry of others' life. Such people form groups, stick together and find comfort in each others' miseries.

But the pace at which the blogosphere is getting cramped with half-wits, religious maniacs, failed writers, sociopaths and cold-blooded killers, is scary. They all scream so loudly that those talking sense have to drop their decibel levels.

And no one can beat Indian bloggers when it comes to self-obsessed preaching, gossiping and bitching. The Indian blog which has made the most news, carries nothing but office gossip of the two leading TV channels. Called warfornews, it leaves nothing to imagination, not even the office memos which are also posted on the blog. They are like a lynch mob who will not spare you if you dare to cross them. If this is a new form of journalism then it'll make sense only to those who live in a post-modern bubble.


  • ToI accuses blogistan of self obsessed preaching, gossiping and bitching ; But the fact is that Preaching, Gossiping and Bitching is what ToI Excels In !!!

    By Blogger ramki830, at 11:58 PM  

  • I feel its trueto an extent though.
    In recent times,the ones that seem to have been dominating the blogosphere with their unasked for criticisms and opinions, reek of total lunacy and psychopath-like attitude.
    Death to these anti-social elements!

    By Blogger rajesh, at 1:13 AM  

  • Agree with Ramki830 100%. ToI is a gossip paper. They are nowhere in the class of articles like The Hindu. and i guess since ToI is a gossip paper, we should expect them to blog bash bcoz that will only increase their readers from blogistan and thats what they want.

    By Anonymous Selvan, at 8:55 AM  

  • after feeding us with large sized portions of half baked opinions and organized gossip every morning - now look whose talking about responsible journalism?

    even if it is true that - the world of (indian) blogs is full of half-wits, religious maniacs, failed writers, sociopaths and cold-blooded killers - atleast they dont claim to be journalists!

    By Blogger Reshma Anand, at 1:26 PM  

  • OMG! Thats a stupid over-generalization based on probably the only blog that author has read. Guess we can pardon him/her coz he's ignorant. We'll startthe debate after s/he grows up.

    By Blogger Govar, at 1:48 PM  

  • And whats wrong with half-baked opinions and gossip.

    By Blogger I, at 2:24 PM  

  • interesting....

    By Blogger shrawan, at 3:25 PM  

  • Dear Shobhan,

    Now that you've published this article - which I found closer to the truth than many bloggers would dare to admit - expect many bloggers in India to engage in name-calling, vitriol and basically trash all that you've written, directed at you. And do not be perturbed when they do, because that would be entirely in keeping with the nature of the blogging activity. May I say that do not let any of that stop you from writing more such articles, but perhaps with a bit more depth, now that you've ploughed the surface?

    Nothing in how I think and what think about this matter can be generalized, but there are large sections of bloggers that behave in a monolithic fashion, like groups of teenagers, except that most bloggers are only slightly more aged than teenagers. Statistics on Indian bloggers are scant, but I suspect you'd find that a majority of them are in the under-30 age group. Those who are older go through phases of realization that unless they behave like a teenager, they don't get too many clicks and definitely not comments. When you combine impressionable age, fascination and awe with technology, the freedom to express, and most important, have enough time on their hands - these young men and women seem to really have nothing productive to do, which I think shouldn't be surprising given how little of any use actually happens in India - what you get is, unfortunately, all the low-quality stuff. Blogging is closer to tabloid "journalism" than most bloggers realize.

    The problem with the blogging activity is that there are no readers. Everybody is a writer. Blogging converts the hard to master skill of "listening to understand" into this "listening to respond" activity, hence the cacophony. Even worse, the younger generation of internet savvy boys and girls think that this "listening to respond" is all that is needed and that the more articulately and the more louder you shout, the more response you'll get. Again, like a teenager a typical blogger would refuse to even register that there is such a problem. That, my friend, has got to change. I hope you'd spend some time thinking about these deeper issues in your next article, should you survive the mud-slinging in the aftermath of this article!:-)


    By Blogger DesiAnonymous, at 1:42 AM  

  • Kaps: It's funny. But I think all of us should just learn to "ignore". When you get to see criticism that is half baked or without merit or devoid of any clarity, please ignore it. No point getting worked up over it, regardless of how personal it gets. If the sole intent was to muddy the waters, any reaction is bound to serve the purpose.

    DesiAnonymous: In case you did not notice (or) if you are blind, this is not Shoban Saxena who writes here. So please direct your comment to him elsewhere and quit spamming blogs with the same copy pasted comment already! We get you!

    By Blogger anantha, at 3:45 AM  

  • I feel that Shobhan is not sure of his skills as a journalist and is paranoid about competition. It is a totally one sided article- Are bloggers failed writers and half-wits or for professional journalism, is this the pits?

    By Anonymous Hiren, at 1:58 PM  

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