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March 18, 2008

Of Masses and “Mass” modes of communication

Filed under: Life,Sobriety,Whatever — Teal @ 10:08 am

A decade or 2 back , had you gone to our parents or people from our generation and told them, “Yo guys, snail mail is going to be a long forgotten relic” they would have probably burst out loud with laughter and dismissed the whole statement. But look at the dismal state of human beings and most importantly communication today. Snail mail is a relic [with reference to the metro’s and the emerging cities of course] and we have probably the fastest and quite effective ways of communicating, yet , sad but true, the warmth of a letter is something precious and irreplacable.

Many of my school buddies had left me in the 9th and or 10th grade to shift to other places, given that scenario, we had no mode of communication, save letters. I still remember coming back home on my trailblazer and feeling a thrill when my mother used to hand me the letter that had come that very day. Although the news in it, would be atleast a week to ten days old.

I remember tearing the envelope impatiently and reading all the contents in a hurry, and then perusing them at a much slower pace. The handwriting and sometimes the smell. My friends used to apply some perfume on the letter before sending them across too. [Sounds crazy but used to feel damn good back then.]

Yet the more means of communication, the more we are drifting away from people. You might have that ultra bulky expensive state of the art phone in your hand. But what good will it do, if you are not using it contact people you love or who care for you?

We as a species have dominated this world. Gone are the days when we used to hide in caves fearing carnivorous predators. All we are doing is inventing more gizmos which can make our already ‘simple ‘ tasks all the more automated and in consequence, enlargening our carbon footprints and screwing up the ecological balance.

Even some social networking sites have enabled ‘mass messaging’ or ‘mass scrapping’ that has lead to more harm than actual good. So what is your point Teal? You may ask.

My point is simple.

You may have a blackberry, a blueberry or even a basket of gooseberries. But there is no point if you lead to life to an extreme neglect of people around you. Will serve you right , when you have the ample or more than sufficient technology to send out messages or communication, but there will be no one left on the other side.

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4 Comments »

  1. Too true! The more advanced the technology the lazier we get at ‘keeping in touch’ with humans rather than automation.

    Comment by macadamiathenut — March 18, 2008 @ 10:04 pm | Reply

  2. Much of what you’ve said is true! I see most of my friends online on different messengers, all in different parts of the world doing different things (I don’t even know what half of them are upto now), and yet, we don’t ping each other most of the time, obviously because both of us are busy with work and all that! Now, that’s not an excuse, its just what the rat race has made us. Your post is definitely thought provoking, but once you get sucked into the world of technology, there’s no stepping back, only picking up the pace! 😀

    Comment by Brat — March 18, 2008 @ 10:39 pm | Reply

  3. I hate the mass scraps i get in orkut 😦
    How RUDE!

    Comment by Ramya — March 25, 2008 @ 10:13 am | Reply

  4. @ Mia :
    I hope things change in this front, I really do!

    @ Brat :
    I hope it provoked a lot of thoughts at the people whom it was directed to! 😀

    @ Ramya :
    Yeah, mass scraps are more like SPAM 😐

    Comment by Teal — March 25, 2008 @ 5:07 pm | Reply


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