AIB Knock Out Videos, RapePublicDay rant, ummm…, and ummm…. many more! You watch those or not, but you begin to wonder what the social media is turning into.
The days are still remembered when almost a decade ago, came Orkut, the sort of first ever social networking site. The portal where people appeared more than overwhelmed to join their friends, create groups, upload pictures, share videos and all. Orkut was an instant hit with everyone who did not want to let go of an opportunity to flaunt. Later came trailing many more.
Today, amongst the countless number of social media networking and video sharing sites we often find ourselves trying hard to stop and take a breath!
Whoosh. Stop. Breathe. Whoosh again…
That’s how we stick to our Androids, Lumias or iOSes – as if we, like fanatical Indians, are married for the lifetime to these bodies without soul. We often forget that even the real marriages break, soul mates divorce, if it doesn’t add value to our conscience…if it distresses the other!
Tragically, what was once invented for entertainment, enlightenment, is now becoming cruel.
When I look at the widespread news, blog posts, video posts either blabbering about ethics in contemptuous manner or acting loutish, disrespecting others and their sentiments, I feel disheartened. Is this what we are intended to do than take responsibility? Is it what is the need of the time – to rant humorously about the topics that are life-changing for victim ladies than to help them out? Is it really right to laugh away and say that rape is a joke? No, IT IS NOT, nowhere in the world!
To me this RapePublicDay blustering video, where this beautiful girl pretends to laugh out loud the issues like Rapes, Eve-Teasing, and all sorts of violence against women with a motive to make men learn some “serious” lessons, seems not more than a comic fame stunt. Nowhere less has she seemed to try slapping men’s faces with her jaunty punches! For God’s sake, dear, what does she think? Will videos like these ever change the mindset of frenzied Indian men, who are more than keen to watch porn widely and easily available on the World Wide Web, again? Will it ever help our dear males, who carry their huge egos on their sleeves, to start paying respect to women and start noticing the lady in Blue than the lady in Red?!
The answer is: No, they will NEVER! At least, not by watching someone mimicking item songs from typical Bollywood! Now, true it is, as much as the fact ‘men will be men’, that not all men are the same, but then many (at times, more than many) parochial men outside do come with hashtags like myopic, patriarchal!
However, I thank this young man who came to rescue of good men out there. At least, this man in grey had his facts to share before blabbering over!
And for that matter, AIB KnockOut or any such supercilious performances, which the celebrated would believe are ‘just for fun, pleasure’, DO POLLUTE the juvenile minds; the minds that need to be nurtured in a disciplined manner. No matter how much such cranky jokes tickle our bones, we MUST NOT FORGET that the social networking sites or the entire internet world is easily accessible to kids too these days. We MUST NOT FORGET that certain things/jokes are to be confined to closed rooms and not be talked out loudly amongst all age groups!
And then, I ask, ‘how could ratty words/gags, which involve insulting sentiments of different genres of people and, in particular, the sentiments of women, be amusing?’
Besides, the same gentlemen and gentle ladies talk about WOMEN EMPOWERMENT too! One amongst them (of course, I am talking here of Twinkle Khanna‘s responsive column on IndiaTimes) talk about not paying attention to these talk shows because, in her opinion, there are many more important BPL issues to be taken into consideration; because, in her opinion, we are getting offended by arbitrary things. In her post, she even says that the AIB roast, at least, allowed people to come over, say their bit, and laugh, which is definitely no harm at all. Now, dear madam, modest enlightenment of the human brain is as much important as getting entertained; in fact, it is most! If ever, you would have studied Economics, you would have learned that there is a difference between the words ‘GROWTH’ and ‘DEVELOPMENT’.
We not only need to grow in materialistic terms, but develop as a whole keeping our ethics and cultural aspects intact. I agree we have right to varieties of freedoms (freedom to speak, express, walk, talk, write, practice our religion, and do whatever we wish to), but then we MUST NOT FORGET that each right comes with responsibilities too! Fine, we are given the privilege to voice our opinions, but then we do have minds too to think before we speak.
We do have the right to drive but don’t we follow traffic rules!?
I agree that we have an access to post anything we wish to on the World Wide Web, but then we should be accountable too, for what we post!
I am cent percent sure that rather like the invention of an atom bomb, which was never intentioned to bring Hiroshima and Nagasaki to the disparaging end, the purpose of inventing the internet must have never been what we are turning it into. The idea would definitely had been to revolutionise the world, but never been to poison the human mind.
Remember, even the inventors of an atom bomb, which include Albert Einstein and Edward Teller as well, had this terrible feeling of making the greatest mistake of their life after their invention was misused. One of the key members of the team, Robert Oppenheimer, did remember a fragment from the Bhagavad Gita, “I AM BECOME DEATH”, after witnessing the explosions!
Today, after witnessing the misuse of power of the internet, I too realise in words of Ken Bainbridge that we are indeed becoming the son of b*****s which is distressing.