Tuesday, November 21, 2006

what separates blog and an editorial ?? The great barrier reef !!



When you have nothing to do, thats the time you find everything to do. This is what exactly has spurred me on to start a blog. We all seek solace in something or the other. Thats because, we need to. The ventures to seek solace are many like mobile,i-pod,orkut,very kitschy indian cinema,hashish,cannabis,tequila and some argonauts- like the narrator of "the alchemy of desire"-in their beloved's body. I was not hedonistic enough to indulge in these activites- apart from orkut. So, ultimately when i was unemployed- and to some extent unemployable too- i found solace in the blog.
However, of late, i have started getting piqued about the efficacy of the blog. I would be forever indebted to the blog for fetching me a fair bit of female attention and quite a few memorable dates but; i am an aspiring journalist who seriously wants to take up writing as his metier. In such scenario will the blog be helping me ?? Well, thats the big question.

A blog gives you a sense of giocoso and you start getting too indulgent and ultimately the writer sounds like a prig. Economy of expression is never a tenet of a blog. A blog, i guess, caters more to the gentry and a blog's efficacy always comes under the shadow of doubt despite the fact that; it were the blogs which mollified the fears of mumbaikars during the deluge in the penultimate july. A blog is never taken too seriously and no matter what it still remains the fifth estate. "Alternative fourth estate" would have been a better cognomen. Monikers apart, a blog does not instill discipline. You are the master of your will and there will not be any master of the abattoir- more commonly known as editor- who would scythe your write-up.

One advantage of blog is that you can be scathingly vituperative and lampoons can be your leitmotifs. Where else can you call george bush names like slob, dickhead and what not; Condoleezza rice can be equated to the female equivalent of a canine from nowhere else but BLOG. The four letter word which starts with F can be liberally used as an appendage and it leaves quite an impact. Lets say, boys don't cry is a fuckin great movie. Superlatives like superb, fantastic do not give the desired impact like this four letter word. However, the newspapers very judiciously tend to use this word. Its shown as F**K. The reader must surely have been from the erstwhile pluto to decipher what lies instead of those two asterisks.

A blog gets you to archive your all write-ups and for some people like me a nice way to feel satisfied by looking at the comments. Till now, i sound more like a person who is in favour of blog but statistics upturn the odds in favour of newspapers. Statistics are like bikinis, they hide more than what they reveal. One such statistic is that out of every thousand homes only one home has a computer leave alone internet connection. In such a situation i would end up a scrivener with 15 comments and an update every 20 days. Everyone craves for attention and am no different. Its not that a newspaper will fetch me appreciation overnight but i can atleast hope.To surmise the whole thing. Erection is exciting because it comes and goes. A 24/7 hard-on is boring.

P.S: i am in no way demeaning the blogs of cnn-ibn or else those people who have left their full time jobs for the sake of blogging. Its just that i want to work under duress. However, it does feel good when someone asks me " What is the next thing that your writing about ? ".

18 Comments:

At 2:50 AM, Anonymous lavanya said...

So " What is the next thing that your writing about ? "...
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At 3:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah u are right in saying that blogs have given total freedom in writing and representing whatever u want unbashedly...and of course many things have been actually revealed by a blog ..like for example..kavya's plagiarism..but when u say u want to write under restrictions u have to actually have some barriers urself to write like that, which unfortuantely or maybe fortunately nobody(not only u) has..so maybe u can start here only, in ur blog itself instead of waiting for someone to put u under duress...

 
At 7:20 AM, Anonymous shanti said...

First of all,I appreciate u for cming out of d shell n realising d truth...

but my question is..Wot is d actual need for a limitation to write a blog??
Tht itself demarcates a blog and an editorial!!wherein a blog,ur views can b expressed lucidly unlike an editorial which is subjected to d public which when written squarely may result in d outbreak of d hostilities...Dont u think ur veiling urself the REAL YOU by not being straighforward...ofcourse we had even seen the consequences too...Dont we??
I agree with u tht out of 1000 homes.....but tell me how many r actually using the internet in a proper way or rather computer...i was bowled over wen i had accidently seen 2 guys on either side of me seriously surfing porn sites in a cafe(they r paying money purely to watch porn!!)...so do u think ur article wen published in a paper grabs d attention??Will d guys watching porn reads ur article?...the answering is big NO...be it a Pc or a newspaper...wot matters is subject...N mind u if u only crave attention then forget abt political n go for topics which r HOt(like affair between riya n ashmit or karina smooching shahid kapur)

Whatever it may b...be it a blog or an editorial,I personally feel tht, wot is right according to u n tht proves to b shud b put up on screen or paper, instead of brooding or beating round d bush n ofcourse as long as the topics u select is not meretricious(like "PMS" or "BENGULURU ROCKS")tht may bring a subtle change leading to a better society.

Surprisingly,the topic is great...n its really worth of compliments rather a comment...keep gng:)

 
At 8:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what u say is very right that the blog gives a fairly good amount of freedom to the blogger and me being unemployed too found much relief in the blog bcoz what i cud write to the newspaper letters what ever , had no guarantee of being published (though a few were)
blog gave me freedom to spill my guts so as to say
am lucky to find great redersand writers of blog here
though the concept of blogging has a long way to go .

 
At 8:41 PM, Blogger Bharat Jhurani said...

Blog vs Editorial.. seems like ur blog is bridging the gap...

 
At 10:47 PM, Blogger garcia kafka said...

heyy bharat thanks dude.. am glad u find my blog bridging the gap..

 
At 4:08 AM, Anonymous Yamini said...

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At 4:11 AM, Anonymous Yamini said...

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At 4:11 AM, Anonymous Yamini said...

Hii.. i do agree with u in regard tht blogs give abondant freedom to express one's view's and thought's.

But,Editorial has to take care of lakh's of ppl who r reading unlike the blog's.So, to some exent editing is needed in everything so tht it won't hurt others in some r the other way.I feel this is the reason why Editor's put up so called editing.

Also, i would like to give u big thanks for ur English Version. :)
Last but not least....

Wht's the next u r writtin ab't?:-) ;-)

 
At 4:49 AM, Anonymous hafiza said...

good 1 jagan...but huh evrybody's already usd up the dialogue 2 say....hmmm...phir bhi..."wats the next thing ur writin abouot?"...gee

 
At 7:39 AM, Blogger garcia kafka said...

@lavi,yamini & hafiza : even i dont know what's my next one is gonna be.. but u keep checking this space..

 
At 11:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey jagannadh...great post!!
waiting for ur nxt one..

 
At 12:33 AM, Blogger Srinath S said...

good writing my man..carry on the fine work

 
At 2:50 AM, Anonymous jwala said...

my my,...quite a blog entry jagan...this is the first time i am leaving a compli here...n i hafta say...a very beautifully written arti...here r few phrases i really liked...
"I would be forever indebted to the blog for fetching me a fair bit of female attention and quite a few memorable dates"...(guess i am counted thr too..:P)..
"The reader must surely have been from the erstwhile pluto to decipher what lies instead of those two asterisks"..... and ...."Statistics are like bikinis, they hide more than what they reveal"...are very beautifully phrased...
ur writing style has changed for the better...jumped to a higher plane thn b4 infact..:)...the conclusion ws more thn satisfactory...;)...
been a long time since i peeped into ur blogspot...n this arti ws more thn nice...:)
great going...keep up the pace...n i cn bet on the fact tht u'll have a greater audience...

 
At 7:18 AM, Blogger garcia kafka said...

heyy sahithi.. thanks a lot for ur comment.. for a change ur comment was bereft of the critical analysis.. and must say i loved it.. and yes, ur the number one in tht date list..:P
keep looking at my blog and i hope to satisfy my very charming friend..:p

 
At 10:18 AM, Blogger nisha said...

a clear analysis of a blog and its users you've really brought out a clear picture of the whys, whens, wherefores, hows etc. etc. would people do more o that with other topics more demanding? :p

 
At 2:22 AM, Blogger VIDYA said...

fifth estate???

the gr8 barrier reef does indeed seperate a blog and an editorial

 
At 11:34 PM, Blogger Sameera said...

i posted a comment but i guess it got deleted

nice article this but i dont think u need to choose between one form of expression and the other..

like for instance we could always read ur edited article in a newspaper and find out what u really think in a blog :)

moreover,the best advantage of a blog is that u can talk about topics that would never find place in a newspaper.

the audience here is different..and the other major advantage of a blog is that it can act as a forum for discussion,if pursued enough by the target audience

and ofcourse u love the fan mail ;)

 

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