Saturday, July 16, 2005

Blogging



What is this creature called blog doing to people's lives ? Have seen people using blogs for various purposes. Sidin uses it as a vent for his literary pieces. Some chaps use blogs to publish their poetry. One guy in IIMA actually records classroom events verbatim. Some use it as a very frank record of private feelings. Some have picture blogs.


What bloggers are doing is leave a psychographic trail behind them everytime they blog. I daresay there would be parsers in the future which would gobble people's blogs and give ratings on psychological indices. These blogs should contain much more data to psychological testing than what one speaks in the 30 mins one spends in the counselling room.



Why voice feelings ? Had a big discussion (euphemism for argument/fight) with a friend about why people should express their opinions. Was stumped for a while in search of reasons why people's opinions matter in public domain. But am convinced it does. For one, its the basis of democracy everywhere. In corporations, the problems of Abilene paradox and groupthink can be avoided if ANY ONE chap speaks out about his reservations. Because all problems are not programmed decisions, there is a scope for gut feel and instinct to aid decisions.



Then the issue of credibility of the source crops up. It may sound like a harsh truth that any information is taken to be only as reliable as its source is perceived to be. Fair enough.



If cellphones and email are evening out information asymmetry, blogs are removing barriers between feelings across cultures. I know exactly how my software-engineer-friend in Chennai felt about Mallika Sherawat yesterday night and how an artist in France felt about Alizee today. Exactly like how you are reading what a lazy-blogger-on-a-weekend feels about blogging right now. yaaaawn...


Gokulakrishnan S

160705

P.S. The time below is IST.

7 comments:

Poza said...

I agree with your view that people should express their views in public. Its not only about their right to do so but it is also a basis for a healthy debate on a host of topics.

-Poza

Colourking said...

Blogs in my opinion form an interestingly private yet public forum for voicing individual thoughts. Whatever you may write in the blog, you always want it to elicit reactions from people, one way or another...It is a faceless way of showing your face to the world...

Karthik said...

blog on bloggin... nice idea.. recursion, eh? showing ur compsci roots! kidding!!

anyway, soon we'll have video blogging for the lay user. if video.google.com wasn't enuf.then everyone can have their 2 minutes on TV fame satisfied. Often I daydream of giving interviews. Now all that has reduced. All my ego is on display at my blog.

again, it reduces information monopoly. we even have mentoring blogs these days. it is another limitless universe.

Jithu said...

nice one :-)

Gokulakrishnan S said...

Very true, colourking. Some ppl just use this as a kind of graffiti. While killing information monopoly means people all around get to know about events, blogs let others know about ppl's reactions to events. Public display of different perceptions across cultures would mean that public opinion and protest can be easily gathered. Internet is a perfect democracy where every citizen has a voice.

Vijay Krishna said...

[quote]Internet is a perfect democracy where every citizen has a voice.[/quote]

That's a valid point. Wikipedia is near-perfect example of that - I am amazed at how a distributed, uncontrolled populace can be an epitome of a respectable self-correcting system.

Karthik said...

VK, as regs. Wikipedia (not VKpedia), note that there is a closed set of dedicated people who review and correct all the crap you and i do there. again, they just get the steady state more or less right for their control system by using dampeners.(if i can call them that)