Angry (Online) Indians

You pick any online newspaper or a magazine these days, you'll notice one sure shot thing under comments. That people are always on an edge & just need a small window of opportunity to vent that rage over someone totally stranger. There is also a pattern. In Rediff, the war of words end up as a war between India Vs Pakistan, irrespective of whether the content being a movie review, an interview, a fun article or a news item. In Firstpost, its Modi Vs Congress. In Open, author always being an idiot for any column, In Times of India, I better not say :-)

If you pay close attention, majority of the times, none of these commenters, have any knowledge of the subject nor they want to understand the viewpoint of the author or fellow commenters. But they sure jump into humiliating authors, fellow commenters, a nation, a sect, a gender.... Poor things, these authors are. Before getting a 'good article' comment, first thing they get these days are "Are you insane", "Are you Idiot", "Author is a useless piece of shit" etc. I wonder sometimes, how do they feel? A solid good content with proper research and a good intent posted on net, receiving so much of negative sentiments!!

Who are these people by the way, who get so much time to comment on everything? May be someone in good IT jobs, access to free internet and less work load or those people who are loaded with work, under-appreciated, under-paid pouring those frustrations out in a comment, with a fake identity. So sure, that no one will come out of that laptop to slap them!!!  There has been so much of talks about online freedom. Definitely, that's a must for a developing country where people express themselves, bring out ideas, reform people, voice against the atrocities and be one Voice. But how much of that is happening? People are busy enjoying thrashing everyone & everything. Some comments are so disgusting that such people & such comments should be outright deleted. After a few years, it will be equally daunting to enter into online lanes, just as these days to venture on roads alone. There will always be somebody jumping on you, to shout profanities, to provoke people, to verbally abuse and insult. Rage has a strange attribute, when one person is angry and starts yelling, there are hundreds who get provoked to join the battle and create unnecessary havoc. In this case whether total unprecedented internet freedom or some sensible moderation? A tough choice!!

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  2. Another good post, and extremely relevant for the current times. I too have observed the same trend. The point is, there is so much misinformation created and spread, along with stupid and obnoxious comments, it will be hard to mine out the good stuff.

    I'm not fan of censorship, yet feel no freedom is absolute. Some moderation should be made necessary.

    - Vijay

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  3. Thanks Vijay. Even I am not fan of censorship. But when I see so much negativity & nonsense being spread around, I feel its required. But who can do it fairly & efficiently?

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