Monday, October 17, 2005

Of Blogging and the big O...

Two bloggers were jailed in Singapore under the sedition act. Race and religion are sensitive issues, the law would try to preserve this delicate balance of harmony and peace. Hence, a punishment was inevitable.

In an isolated set of incidents, an institution, their ads, and bloggers’ opinions on it have wreaked havoc in the Indian blogosphere creating heroes and villains alike. The incident, though not as serious as the one in Singapore, is dramatic enough to make the story worthy of a “K” prefix… All of them: bloggers and the bloggers blogging about those bloggers, are superglued to this one concept: “Freedom of Speech”.

What bothers me here, is our Opinions, strong Opinions, our expression of those Opinions, how much are we are entitled to express in the public domain, and how much restraint should be practised.

I spent some time mulling over it. Under a broad generalization, there is an inherent contradiction in my opinions about the above incidents. On the one hand, I feel the Bloggers (A) had to be reprimanded since they shouldn’t have expressed their opinions the way they did. On the other hand, I could join the peace march for Bloggers (B) and brandish a flag about their right to express theirs…

I eventually figured the key to untangle the mess, to put things into perspective. Abstract and fragile as the idea may seem: its what we call the Social Responsibility. Bloggers (A) didn't use theirs, Bloggers (B) were acting on it. Simple.

With great power, comes great responsibility.
--Peter Parker/Spiderman


Sinfully Pinstripe said...

With great power, comes great responsibility.

--Peter Parker/Spiderman

Power corrupts. Absolute Power corrupts absolutely.

--George Orwell

And that's what I fear.

Mo said...

So, you mean sans responsibility and with too much power, doomsday is not far?

Sinfully Pinstripe said...

All I say is that exercising collective rights with nary a care about social responsibilities, is retroactive to the whole idea of society.

In other words, yes. If you have power, it is your responsibility to that power you have to use it judiciously. And that never, never happens. Because we humans are frail beings.