People have different reasons for writing. From an expression of one’s thoughts and feelings to looking for appreciation, writing can be motivated by anything. In most cases, the motives are mixed. Blogging too has various motives similarly.
Whatever we do as a social activity must be done with a considerable sense of responsibility since it affects the society one way or another. Quite a lot of bloggers engage in harmless activities such as putting up simple poems or photos. Many focus on travel, food, shopping or some such innocuous theme. However, when it comes to dealing with political, religious, social and other such issues some caution is required.
In 1992, American political scientist Francis Fukuyama predicted that human civilisation would evolve towards a conflict-free utopia founded on liberal democracy and free market capitalism. Samuel P. Huntington, another political scientist, countered it immediately arguing that the clash of civilisations would continue since each of the major civilisations including the Indian one has its dreams for dominating the world. Huntington was vindicated by the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and the fundamentalist assertions in India by the Right wing. Cultural and religious identities will clash with one another creating conflicts, Huntington had argued.
We are living in the world which is fulfilling Huntington’s prophecy. In spite of the tremendous progress we are making in the field of science and technology, we are becoming more and more narrow-minded because of the cultural and religious clashes and hankering after dominance. Probably, science and technology is leaving us in an emotional and ‘spiritual’ vacuum. And we are filling that vacuum with the intoxication of pop religion and pop culture in the form of various cults and movements. Godmen of all sorts are becoming more and more popular. Cultural and religious intolerance is on the rise more than ever and political leaders are weaving rhetorical dreams using strife.
There are a lot of bloggers too who are actively engaged in these activities. They spread disinformation, hatred, and extremely prejudiced views. It is in such a context that bloggers need to look within and ask about the role of responsibility in blogging.
PS. Written for Indispire Edition 112: #ResponsibleBlogging