The ‘Google it’ Syndrome
Now since i mentioned the ‘Google it’ syndrome on my first post, for those of you who are wondering what the f*** it is, here’s some food for thought…
What do you do when you get an assignment from your college that you have to submit the next day?
What do you do when you have to say something romantic to your GF (poets, plzz avoid this Q)?
What do you do when you have to find data on the automobile industry?
*and many more such questions
Well, if the answer to all such questions is ‘Google it’, then you are suffering from the ‘Google it’ syndrome.
The best part about this is that it harms no-one……but then it has shrunk the door to the internet to 10.5/6 cms*(well its a good and a bad thing at the same time).
*10.5 cms long nd 6 cms broad (yuss folks, i actually measured it, and din’t ‘Google it’..)
Good for Larry and Sergey as they hold the key to this door. But then in this information free world, don’t you guys think ‘We’ should be holding the keys to every door. If you ask me, reading and assimilating ‘real’ information should be brought in more and more. We should be adding more doors and windows to this universe (not my universe..hehe). People are forgetting the discipline and hard-work it takes to assimilate knowledge. We are becoming more and more dependent on Google to show us the way.
A good read would be the ‘Letters from a father to his daughter’ where Nehru writes about History, Philosophy and many other subjects from his prison cell (where he doesn’t have access to the internet or the likes of it) to his daughter, Indira. It actually gives us a brief glimpse into Nehru’s life and to the fact that he knew so much about the world and its history.
(To be Continued…….)
Hofesh Shechter Dance Company
I have been a big fan of dance troupes led by percussionists (have been intrigued and amazed in the past by Spanish flamenco dance troupes that have amazing tap dancers accompanied by superb flamenco musicians). This time around, after I got a call from the British Council to organize a percussion workshop for this traveling dance company called the Hofesh Shechter Company, I was kinda thrilled to know that ill be meeting a percussionist who leads a dance company! I did some research and with my ‘newly acquired social media skills’, i tried creating an interesting storymap for these guys (Its a really great tool to work on once you get the hang of it). Hope ya’ll like it.
And by the way, The Hofesh Shechter Dance Company is performing their piece Political Mother at Kamani Auditorium on the 9th of September’14. So don’t miss it for anything.:). More details about the event can be found here – British Council India. Till then, enjoy the storymap (Courtesy Knightlab’s Storymap app)
Blog Talk Analog Gawk shock
Gone are the days when higher education would be only for people wanting to take the next step in their chosen fields! I met a guy once who is a theoretical physicist and did his masters from King’s college, London. I later on got to know that he is still at King’s doing his second masters in biography writing. After a year, someone mentioned at a party that he was doing his phd in music appreciation!! Being astounded would have been an understatement for I kept wondering what must be going on in his head that he chose these diverse and unrelated fields of study!
Just like how in the 21st century, the mindset of people has changed towards higher education, new tools have emerged from the technology space that these new age geeks and nerds are using to reach out and share their theories and ideas with the world.
BLOGGING has suddenly become a necessary tool for the new age thought scientists to share their logs with the world. It could be from a simple pasta recipe to the creation of a new design for walking shoes, blogs are becoming a tool for sharing and accumulating information all over the globe. It’s a tool that’s being used by students to research and network with other researchers, by professionals to market their product and ideas, by scientists and doctors to get feedback on their ongoing experiments, by sportsmen and sports analysts to discuss and share the forward drives and the pulls, by artists to promote their work and get feedback on the same! Blogging has emerged as the most important tool that one can use in the digital age to stay connected and share one’s thought in the global arena.
I personally am an analog fan and it’ll take a supernova to completely convert me to the thought of writing and reading everything digitally, but I can surely tell you not to be like me as the world is changing at a pace in which people like me will soon become obsolete (yesterday I was reading an article in the Hindu about a typewriter repair man who will soon be out of job coz there are only a handful typewriters left in mumbai for him to repair). However, said that, I can assure you that once this whole digital world crashes, and the “Judgement Day” actually consumes the best of the world, Analog will save the rest who are still loyal!
Till then, I’ll be more than happy enjoying the best of this digital experience and at the same time keeping one foot on the analog spectrum!
Therefore, keep blogging till the end of the world.. . 🙂