Blogs seem to be ruling cyberspace of late. Even with the recent attempts at clamping down on cyberspace, the blog world has multiplied. It is the most democratic movement the world has witnessed. It is a wonderful way for people to educate themselves by understanding the views of others through online debate.
Blogs generally pick on controversial topics as they evoke more interest. Saying good things about people or a topic is getting to be rare. May be it is because of the stresses of modern living.
Blogs seem to have become a means of lashing out at the world. Whether the anger is directed towards politicians, entertainers or socialites — the concept remains the same. People are often more tempted to write something negative when it comes to prominent people. Statistics reveal that negative reports dominate blogosphere.
India too has joined the global bandwagon. Political and social blogs create more interest. For example, a recently written blog about Page 3 people gained a lot of prominence. What started as a medium for debate soon degenerated into a personal trashing medium for venting frustrations about Page 3 people. Whether the tenor of the article was trashing Page 3 personalities or just a personal vendetta is open to interpretation, but the medium used to get the point across was a blog.
The debate started soon after getting undue interest from both Page 3 regulars and normal net users. People soon were trying to share intimate details of the personal lives of people who were hardly even prominent. Women were writing demeaning things about other women. Men too, were not far behind. Words like s**t and b***h were hurled randomly.
Things that were written and the choice of vocabulary used were often so vile that no print media could publish them without inviting legal action. It is truly a case of a fine medium of expression that has been manipulated to accommodate personal frustrations.
This was only possible in the blog world where cyber laws are loosely bound. Society and Page 3 bloggers need to maintain a level of decorum to maintain the sanctity of their own blog. Many of them gain a vast following among other frustrated people. Thus the moral question is, is it fair to use prominent people’s names to further one’s own visibility? Does trashing a recognised face bring glory to the blogger? Should all gorgeous young women visible on the social scene be termed as fast and their male counterparts as gigolos and pimps?
These questions need to be answered. The responsibility often lies on the person writing. Agreed sugary articles do not always evoke reaction, still, do we have to take out our personal enmity on blogs? May be we all are willing party. Long live personal vendetta against the hip and happening...let nastiness prevail.
PS: As on 16 February 2011, there were over 156 million public blogs in existence as per Wikipedia.
Salloli Kumar is a regular on Page 3 circuit for nearly a decade.