A chance to reflect

I came across this sentence in the FT article on what Internet, social media, social networking and our longer and longer online presence are doing to our personalities, our empathy, other life skills, etc.:

Online culture, and social networks in particular, are oriented toward outer lives, rather than inner lives, he says. It favours objective, quantitative thoughts over subjective, qualitative feelings. (The full article is here but it may be behind a subscription firewall)

While you are at it, you might wish to listen to Prof. Sherry Turkle of MIT on ‘Connected but alone’ here

The second one came in an email that my wife sent me. Purportedly, it is a bunch of instructions that a mother gives her daughter (or, son) when she hands over a new mobile phone to them. Here is one link to the list of eighteen instructions that she had given. The one that caught my attention is this:

Don’t take a zillion pictures and videos. There is no need to document everything. Live your experiences. They will be stored in your memory for eternity.

Needless to say, both the above points are closely linked and good ones to reflect on. It appears that pictures are taken these days only to put them up on Facebook!

Indian cricket and India

I recently read that both Imran Khan (former Pakistan cricket captain) and Sunil Gavaskar (former Indian captain) have blamed the Indian Premier League for the decline in cricket standards in India and for other ills that go beyond skill in the game of cricket. Test cricket may be boring but that is what hones skills, character and much else. Without that foundation, the superstructure of the glamorous 20-20 game would not be possible. Administrators, cricketers and others missed that vital and yet obvious link. Indian cricket is fast becoming a laughing stock. Combined with its hubris, Indian cricket is set for a big tumble. Indian cricket holds a mirror to India, at large. But, as with cricketers, many Indians refuse to look into the mirror because they know that they would not like what they see in it.