Twitter as a tool to instigate violence January 12, 2016Posted by simarp in : News, Twitter , add a comment
I am not sure whether ISIS is behind it or there are some disillusioned and half-baked, probably paid, social-media-agents but # tags like #BurningBengal are made for purpose tags to destabilize India and to trigger violence. By no yardstick West Bengal is burning, yes there is a localized violence in one district and that also in a town which is famously called India’s fake currency capital – Kaliachawk. It is not the first time that there has been violence in Kaliachawk, instances of violence against Government are common, definitely there is some degree of communal color which has been added to it and that is on expected line in an election bound state. But to go all over the world and to hire instigators to push the # tag BurningBengal is unfair to West Bengal and to India. Rather it is criminal.
How do #tags work? # tags on Twitter are considered as linking tools and those which are trending are highlighted on the left side. Now the challenge is those who trust Twitter immediately look towards trending tags to identify what is important happening world over or their zone of interest. A tag like #BurningBengal at number one and number two position immediately raises eyebrows and questions – Is Bengal really burning? A discovery on twitter opens up negative accounts after negative accounts (those accounts where following number is far higher than followers number) and anonymous accounts after anonymous accounts. This when supported by lack of news in main stream media is a very worrisome hacking and cyber crime. This means the accounts which are indulging in fake #tags have a purpose of instigating violence and are creating a sentiment which gets rumors being believed and circumstances created to disrupt peace.
Fooling around with # tags is fine but using them as a criminal tool is completely unacceptable. This needs to be investigated as a cyber crime, unless some people are arrested and put behind bars, Twitter and other tools are bound to be used to instigate violence and create unrest.
All social media evangelists must act against these crimes and take a zero tolerance stand to counter them.
Hindustan Times is insensitive December 23, 2012Posted by simarprit in : Cities, Delhi, India, Is anyone listening, News, News Reaction , 1 comment so far
Hindustan Times by-line reads: “Cops use water cannons, teargas to stop mob from marching to President’s house.”
Hello? Mob? Are you sure?
Looks like, they need to learn their lessons in sensitivity, English and journalism, in that order. Yes, mob does mean crowd, but its usage here is incorrect, inappropriate and unacceptable.
Let me explain one by one.
Sensitivity: Next they would call Bhagat Singh a terrorist, 1857 a mutiny and Subhash Chandra Bose one of Hitler’s cronies.
English: This is what Dictionary.com has to say for defining “mob”
1. a disorderly or riotous crowd of people.
2. a crowd bent on or engaged in lawless violence.
3. any group or collection of persons or things.
4. the common people; the masses; populace or multitude.
5. a criminal gang, especially one involved in drug trafficking, extortion, etc.
They could have simply called it a crowd, if that was the intended meaning, why brand it as a mob? It hurts. Those who were protesting there were protesting for a cause, not a cause which would make them richer or was aimed at their sexual gratification, come on. Usage of this word is a heinous crime in itself.
Journalism: As per Wikipedia “Journalism is the activity or product of journalists or others engaged in the preparation of written, visual or audio material intended for dissemination as news, topical information and other contemporary fact, analysis and opinion. Journalism is directed at the consumers of media products, who may comprise nonspecific general audiences, or narrower market segments).
Not even a word of this by-line adheres to any of the operatives behind the word journalism. Who is this by-line aimed at? It looks like this by-line is aimed at scoring brownies with the Central Government. Hindustan Times doesn’t know what “by-line” stands for.
Gentleman and dignified ladies behind Hindustan Times, by-line is an executive summary and editorial message rolled into one, right? We get the message Hindustan Times, your newspaper stands for insensitive, pseudo-journalism written in bad English aimed at protecting your business interests and pleasing your political bosses.
BJP set to win Delhi Assembly November 11, 2008Posted by simarprit in : India, Is anyone listening, News , add a comment
It looks like the clock has turned full circle, they Delhi lost due to inflation – they are likely to win due to inflation. Vijay Kumar Malhotra maynot be my choice for CM’s post but I can never cast my vote for a Congress candidate. To me to vote for Congress is not an option. Arun Jaitley would have made a much better CM, maybe he wants to play safe and be in the race for PM some day.
More to come
Abhinav Bindra The Shooting Star August 12, 2008Posted by simarprit in : Blogging, News, Olympics, Sports , 1 comment so far
It can happen only in India, nowhere else in the world you can get 80% of the prime time of all news channel and media after winning one gold medal in the Olympics. Then, it is only India with its well over one billion population which has never won a solo gold medal the Olympics.
I have been watching how the bloggers and the media have taken to it, it is just crazy. I love the frenzy India’s gets into. It looks as if we all have nothing to do and we suddenly find an occupation I got seven congratulatory SMS as a chain mail, at-least 20 people broke the news to me, and I was asked thrice whether I have posted a blog. Not bad in an otherwise action packed day, with no time to breathe.
We also have another Indian greatness, we all instantly get into “I knew that” and “I had predicted that” mode, today’s newspapers are full with these and other such reactions.
Abhinav Bindra Wins Gold August 11, 2008Posted by simarprit in : Blogging, India, News, News Reaction, Olympics, Punjabis, Sports , 2comments
Thank you Abhinav Bindra, you’ve broken the national record of India, of not winning an Olympic Gold in individualcategory since inception of Olympics. Abhinav Bindra wins gold is a news worth its weight in gold.
Twenty eight years is more than a generation, may be one and a half generation of going gold less in Olympics, somehow as a nation we have come to terms with the fact that “our focus is somewhere else”. Hockey use to be our only hope which got us all the Gold Medals we won at the Olympics till date. It is ironical that these are the first Olympic Games when India is not participating in Hockey as we failed to qualify for the same. So as a nation Abhinav Bindra has done us a big favor of making it less humiliating and making those of us who are still hooked on to Olympics 2008 see reason for the same.
If Abhinav Bindra can do it so can many others. Last Olympics it was Major Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore who won silver for us in Shooting in the Athens Olympics in 2004, so from Silver in shooting event to Gold medal we have moved ahead. With one Gold Medal in our kitty we are at-least sure that we would not be making the bottom of the medal tally for Beijing Olympics 2008. If we get one or two more medals we may make it to the Top 50 Sporting Nations. The second most populous nation in the world seeing it as an achievement to be in top 50 Sporting Nations of the world is a realistic statement on India’s Sporting focus. For us, as a nation, sports begin with cricket and end with cricket, and even in that we’ve not won a world cup for last 25 years.
More to come…
Is Google Down? August 9, 2008Posted by simarprit in : Blogging, Internet, News, News Reaction, portals, Search Engines , 6comments
I noticed at 4:40 Pacific that Google.com is not working. GMAIL was also not working but Google.co.in was working and so was Google.ie
It took me about 10 minutes to conclude that Google.com was indeed down, atleast for me.
If Google can go down like this - Oh my God!
There must be a vulnerability, there is so much of technology available. Am I the only person who is not able to use Google.com?
Google.com for me went down after 4:30 Pacific and came back before 5:20 Pacific. I am right now in India and accessing from there.
Maybe Google.com was not down and it was a DNS glitch?
Please inform, if you faced n problems?
Cuil – Review July 30, 2008Posted by simarprit in : Blogging, Internet, News, News Reaction, portals, Review , 8comments
Google – Cuil Comparison
Is it really Cool?
Yes, the interface is. It is too good.
I will work towards a detailed comparison of Google and Cuil, let us see what comes out.
As a starter, Cuil is to Search Engines what iPhone was to mobile devices (at least the interface). It is awesome. The interface and HCI angle is a killer. It can disrupt the party for Google. It has that in it. That’s the good news. On HCI they get 10/10, compared to Google’s 2/10. But on search terms, I am afraid the novelty doesn’t pay, they are just continents away, or shall I say halfway around the world.
I just did about 2300 searches. Random. Global. On any thing and everything. I am getting more focused as I move on with more parameters.
- As per Cuil there are no “Indian Restaurants in San Jose” though we have “Japanese Restaurants in San Jose”, “Mexican Restaurants in San Jose” and “Chinese Restaurants in San Jose”. LoL
- Search for Map and see the error
- Search for Sap and see the error
|Anti Domain Squatting||8||2|
|Bridge Page Filters||8||2|
|Date and Time||7||1|
|Dead Link Checks||7||2|
|Dynamic Content Handling||8||6|
|Frame Based Content||8||4|
|H Tagging Relevancy||6||3|
|Long Tail Words||9||2|
|Look & Feel||1||10|
|Proper Noun Search||8||2|
|Read My Mind||9||0|
|Site Map Relevancy||8||3|
|Social Networking Content||8||2|
|Telephone Number Search||9||3|
|Within top results||7||8|
|ZIP Code Search||9||4|
- I am still working on this post, this post is continuously changing.
- New Parameters are being added every day
- Scores are also changing – I plan to do a major update
- This is a self initiated review
- I make no claims to be an authority on this subject or methodology adopted. However I admit to be a part of the vision/ engineering/ architecture/ design and development team of a Search Engine project which worked well as a beta product, but couldn’t find financial backing and died a natural death.
Ahmedabad Blasts Update July 27, 2008Posted by simarprit in : Blogging, City, India, Is anyone listening, News, News Reaction , 1 comment so far
I avoid writing twice on a news, but this one is disturbing me a lot. It is 3:30 AM in San Jose and the restless me is trying to get hold of the actual number of deaths in the Ahmedabad blasts, 40 to 50 is the range which most of the sites are now talking about.
What are the calculations, the masterminds amongst the terrorists would be doing, 3 per blast is good or bad for them. Numbers matter to all, and more over to those who are in the business of fear. I am sure they would have planned and hoped for 100 per blast, yes hoped. Reading across Guardian, CNN, NDTV, Headlines India, Times of India and BBC one just gets one feeling, media would move on, the Government would move on, the terror merchants and there terror network would move on, even the relatives of those who have died would move on, but these 40 -50 lesser mortals would never move again.
No one is talking about Bangalore blasts today, 48 hours is what it took for everyone to move on, a search on Google for both Bangalore Blasts Suspects and Ahmedabad Blasts Suspects, got an unexpected first result – http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rlz=1T4GGIH_enIN234IN234&q=Ahmedabad+Blast+Suspects - Al Jazeera. Yes Al Jazeera network’s english website. No CNN, no BBC, no Times of India, no NDTV. Ruthlessness of the conspirators is demonstrated amply by the fact that they planted bombs near/ inside the hospitals – objective can be nothing but if you survived so far, die now.
Ahmedabad blasts have something more in them, they bring back unpleasent memories of series of communal violence incidents which have been happening in Ahmedabad and other areas of Gujarat for about a decade now. Gujarat has suffered, it was coming up very well and would have beome number one on per capita income in India in these last ten years. Every blast takes it back, demotivates some, cautions others, investment climate does suffer.
India as a nation needs to practice zero tolerance when it comes to such acts, we need political will and quick execution. I am sure our police would know the sympathizers if not the accused very well. Just lock them up and hang couple of them after every incident. On the other hand, work towards economic integration of both the communities, economic ties can sometime be thicker than religion.
Thank Usha for a more balanced update: http://blogs.mapsofindia.com/2008/07/27/ahmedabad-blasts-update/