Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Virtual Reality !!!

This is my Time Pass 2. Or is it really a time pass? Lets see. Well, I have a set of assignments pilled up, but still I m writing! Just to give vent my thoughts. Its better to write them down this time, else they will be lost like million of others in the fog of my memory. So, what are my thoughts about? Well, its about friendship, its about trust, its about the MATRIX! Yeap, you guess it right. I m talking about the virtual world.

How do u define a friend? I don’t expect an answer over here, but its just to make u realize that what we think is so simple and common around us is so much difficult and complex when we really ponder over it. And more difficult is to tell who is your friend. This question might be relatively easier to answer in the real world, but in the virtual world/cyberspace its all the more difficult. Now, how many time u get a friend’s request and then orkut asks u is the person ur friend, good friend, acquaintance etc. Well, its one of the most difficult questions I have ever come across. How should I draw that line? In the real world I might, but how to do that in this virtual world? People make “friends” more easily on net than in reality. Because they believe that there is nothing to be lost. Its after all virtual. But then u develop a relationship with the person. The relationship which is quite intimate. U share ur thoughts ur life with the person, and mind u, u do tht more readily then wht u do in real life. You call tht person ur friend but still you don’t know whether (s)he is ur friend? U r always confused, because how do u trust someone whom you know but yet u don’t know! But irony is, u still share ur life with this person. Isn’t it a paradox? I realized this yesterday, when I was chatting with one of my such friends. This “virtual person” has become a very close friend (I couldn’t find a better word to describe this) of mine. But still I can’t define that person. And vice versa. We both are black boxes to one another with certain know attributes but still what lies inside tht box, though u have some idea, but we r still confused. Or may be we r not ready to believe it. Is it the same in real world also? Perhaps not or may b but most of the time u have a better idea. Then whts the difference?

I realized that the difference lies in the most important trait of any relationship. Trust. Its because we r not being able to trust the other side and the other side is not trusting us. And its related to another human trait: Paranoia. We are scared of something and most of the time we don’t even know wht we r afraid of. But that’s the beauty of it. And that’s the excitement. It’s the excitement to explore the unknown. Those who love Harry Potter, definitely enjoy this. Well, I m one of them.

Hope, one day I would be able to meet this person to see how good was my perception. Hope u all do the same!

I think its time to make this blog public, because this topic is something which we all might be sharing in common. So, let me put this link on orkut!!! (Again the virtual reality is showing its effect :)

Friday, April 13, 2007

Read at your own risk. It might hurt your self esteem!!!

I have been thinking about writing this since long ago. I never understood why people write blogs and more importantly, why do other people read their blogs!!! Well, after a lot of research and brain storming sessions, I have came to the conclusion that people who don't have anything to do write blogs and those who read them are more "fokti" then those who write them. And the irony is that, today, this state of activity of being inactive is considered to be "cool".

Well, you might think then why am I writing this blog! And yes you are right in thinking that I have nothing more important to do. Being a student of final year of engineering, what more can you ask for! But, mind you, I am not as free as you are, who is reading this blog, because atleast I don't follow other people's blog. And I pray to God that no one should be reading this blog because that would give me the impression, no matter how incorrect that would be, that there are people who are busy not just for the sake of saying that they are busy but because they really are. Of what all the little world, which I have the privilege to experience in my so far relatively small and not so significant life, I have realised that most of the people in this world don't really work but only a handful are really working while others are just passing time reading blogs. I bow to those who really are working, because its only because of them that the world is really moving.

Coming back to the main topic of my research, I had made an account long ago just to post comments on other people's blog, the blogs which my friends write and reading those is my moral duty and posting comments is a sign that I have duly fulfilled my duty. I never wrote a blog myself, and I even forgot my blog's name! When I asked my friends, why do they write blogs then many start talking like lawyers trying to justify by what ever means they could that thay are indulging in a constructive activity which facilitates exchange of ideas and blah blah blah!!! But, only one or may be few more, have really accepted the fact that its just a time pass and a mean to project yourself as a Modern and sophisticated person. Humm, point taken. I tried to search in the pages of history, what exactly led to the creation of blogs. I couldn't really get the specific answer, but joining the bits and pieces of what ever I have found out, it seems that blogs were first used by scientists for sharing their notes online. That was very convenient and helpful in their research. Mind you, it is a constructive use of blog, where the blog is used by the people who are working in actual sense. Then came someone with this idea of minting money out of this. So, came the idea of selling blog space to be used as personal diaries. How ironic! personal and on net for all to see! But the idea clicked. why ? Because of the general human tendency to peeking into other people's life. And those who wrote those blogs, I believe, were suffering from continuous negligence by the society and blogs provided them a way to attract attention towards themselves. Things haven't changed much today also. But, now there is this additional component of being "cool" associated with them. So, you can find a lot of young people out there writing blogs. Well, how you utilise a technology depends upon you, but as far as blog is considered, I believe that less of the constructive activities are going on here but more of the time pass activities. And in fact thats what I am also doing while writing this blog!!! So, if there is anybody reading this blog, though I am not going to post the link anywhere, please don't waste your time reading this crap and do something better. And for those seeking modernity in blogging, get some air man!!!!