Tuesday, February 20, 2007
The World We Live In - Part I
Increasingly, I have bouts of paranoia where I start thinking that the real world is being taken away from us. No one I talk to has a sense of what is happening around him, all around people are happy going about their jobs, shopping rituals and parties without any knowledge of what the rest of humanity is up to. For all we know, there might be people building bombs outside our own houses to blow us up. We wouldn't know. The media is too busy covering the parties in South Bombay/Delhi, and worrying about fashion sense of the classes. As much as I am worried about the trivialisation and tabloidisation of media, what is more worrying is the apparent unconcern about it, even among people we would call the "buddhijivi". When the entire front page is covered by articles about Shilpa Shetty, Rakhi Sawant and the Bachhans' temple trips, you wonder what is really happening out there. Nobody has any clue; nobody cares. Nobody has risen up in arms against the fact that we are not being told important things, that we are being surrounded by utter faff and nonsense.