Intellectuals – Identifying Reel from Real
The technological leap in the 21st century, especially post the internet boom, has altogether changed the way human beings think, interact and exchange ideas and share knowledge. More precisely post the social networking platforms took the center stage in the internet utility, has enabled people to pool their knowledge and benefit mutually from one another. Tough such constructive activities are always outnumbered by trivial, time killing activities on the same social networking platforms; one can’t deny or ignore these constructive exercises.
With the development and advancements of the translation services across the web, a good number of them come for free, has enabled human interactions more than ever, which was once limited by linguistic barriers. Currently one could translate a web page or a passage on the whole from one language to the other, within the boundaries of the offerings of the service. The end product of the translation is far from perfection at the moment, yet it certainly helps one to grasp something out of it, without which even that wouldn’t have been possible.
The online communities and forums swarm in legion and is growing in number every second. While the social interaction was very rare, finding intellectual friendship was a rarity. Still worse was finding a group of likeminded people and stick on with them. This picture changed en masse after the netizens flocked to the social networking sites. This created a platform for interaction and exchange of thoughts and ideas more than anything else.
Arguably the blogosphere had created a similar revolution nearly a decade before, the mass interaction and conversation was not as prolific as today’s social networking sites. This situation had created a very positive effect on ideological interactions and exchange of view points, which had enabled many to look at any issue more widely than attempting to view from single point of views. This paved way to better understand concepts and ideas. The intellectuals of various fields, in a good number in fact, thankfully have began to optimally utilize the direct interactions that the social networking platform offers and have reached out to the public and the individuals whoever had a tryst for knowledge and thinking have began to amass around them.
We could find many geniuses from various fields come to platforms like Facebook and Twitter and the like to interact directly with more people than ever. Everything has a flip side; and here is to this. The web world now has more pseudo intellectuals and imitation think tanks swarming around. Their fine craftsmanship makes it hard to identify them from real intellectuals.
They would comment on current social issues, opinionate on them, share their views about the remedial measures; pep up their writings and conversations with a great variety of quotes, name a lot of intellectuals and quote from their works; talk about the books only a few know about, that which has never been read completely even by them; flaunt to have seen cinemas of wizardry filmmakers whose work are very dense and claim for active viewing; and what not. These are something that every intellectual of any field does for eons. But behind these pseudo intellectuals acts and revelations, are marked not by their tryst to explore the truth but by the insatiable urge of intellectual exhibitionism. They are keener to present them more nerdish than being one for real.
It’s a great deal to fish them out amid the real. Hence we live in a world surrounded by the more often unknown to us throughout. It’s sad that some enjoy more public following than the real and deserving ones but there is nothing we could do about it. Sit back and observe mutely and laugh at it to ease out your uneasiness.