18 thoughts on “Indian Blog Controversy Bull Shit”

  1. I’d say it was hardly a blip. Didn’t you hear about Mumbai Help (http://mumbaihelp.blogspot.com) and other blogs that were actively participating in the Relief efforts?

    And as Avinesh said, they are two separate issues – you are comparing apples and oranges.

    And you should consider providing more evidence to substantiate your “blip” argument.

  2. Om, I think your mistaken on this round !!

    What these bloggers are doing is raising an issue because most of them have spent numeruos hrs in building a recovery2.0 site ( refer bala’s comments above), and now the fruits of thier labour has gone down the road and the victims families cant get jack shit help and support from GOI.

    I take it that you dont track incidents in detail, so your allowed a little slack here, else I feel like giving your a cyber smack on your head and wake you up to reality of the world and not just IT foo… :)-

  3. OM,
    This basically goes to show the quality of blogosphere in India. Indian bloggies were basically frothing over issues like IIPM, Blogger being blocked ( Because of terrorism related issue). IIPM was a soft target ,so every body was indulging in a collective orgy of slander. Lot of Indians were asking why Mumbai Blast did not feature at the top of technorati, they should ask themselves the question, why ? They managed to get IIPM to the top of technorati..

    No point in blaming the political leaders for lack of focus, when well paid and educated IT Elite of india cannot identify the real issue.

  4. Thank you Om! We are worried about some blogs being blocked for few days rather than 200 people dying…There has to be a balance here – As much as I support freedom of speech – Keeping a few bloggers from spraying their opinion is a VERY small price to pay if it can prevent any other terrorist attack…And dont get me started on freedom of press, blah blah – India has more freedom of press than most countries…..Look how the NYT is getting hounded by the Bush administration cause they dont agree with them…

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  6. gabe you got to be kidding me. it dropped off the front page in two days, while the spain and othr events were covered ad nausem.

    on the topic of bloggers being blocked, being someone who started out as a reporter in india, the freedom of press is pretty good, despite the politicans making threats or having the reporters beat up.

    1. There is no way India would BAN entire blog sites, we don’t even block obvious porn sites.
    2. Hate sites, almost every militant unit (LTTE, ULFA, JKLF etc) all have websites that are not blocked.
    3. Do you serious think that people in the Indian Government, DoT, CERT -IN, the ISPs are silly enough to block/ban something like Google’s blogger?

    The real reason for this “access control” is obvious. There is no issue of cenorship here. If that were the case, blogger won’t be the first on the Governments list.

  7. Sad reflection on the Indian bloggers or the general blogosphere in general?

    Both issues were and are covered in depth by the Indian blogosphere. The second story i.e. blog ban gets more coverage from the international media or the general blogosphere because such action wasn’t expected from the Indian government.

    Also, basic survival skills (if no blogs exists how will you blog about anything at all?) and the blogosphere’s love to talk about blogs (just like stories about Digg get dugg more often) are primary factors.

  8. Three things:

    a) If we’re talking about the Indian blogosphere – then I think your claim’s inaccurate. The Mumbai blasts received plenty of coverage on the blogosphere, including a new collablog to talk about terrorism. If the issue died down when it did, I suspect it had a lot to do with the fact that we were too busy getting access to our blogs – which, of course, was entirely the ban’s fault.

    b) If you’re talking about blogs in the US, I’d agree. I certainly think it’s sad that the US bloggers didn’t pay more attention to the Mumbai blasts. Ennis at Sepia Mutiny had a post about it:


    c) Finally, I think it’s also a function of what the MSM here in India is focussing on. With the blasts, every newspaper in town was talking about little else, which is partly why the blogosphere reaction, strong as it was, stood out less. With the blog ban, no one else really cared – it’s only after the blogosphere made a big noise about it that the MSM even started carrying the story. So I think we’re comparing apples and oranges here – there’s a difference between commenting on something that everyone already knows about and trying to force something what is an important issue (government issue) into the public eye.

  9. actually this was addressed more to the blogosphere here in the us, and not in india. i don’t know what to say – except that the issue of hundreds murdered drops out of common conscious so quickly.

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