You would possibly wish to take solace within the world return of hatred and othering, of rising atavistic fears, of cultural and social shibboleths being regurgitated, of division being a greater unifying issue for speedy political good points than nicely, range. However that solace is meaningless. The extra we give in to those fears, the extra simply we’re manipulated.
If the web and its merchandise like social media enable hatred to develop by echo, the mainstream media has performed probably the most unforgiveable function. Journalism in its present type isn’t that outdated, however the function of the storyteller, the scribe, the sutradhar, the city crier, even the gossip, is historic. Journalists now nevertheless are huge manipulators of public opinion and hatred, whether or not they do it of their very own accord or as a result of they’re puppets on a string.
In India now, if you wish to see who escalated the hatred in Bollywood, in cricket, in caste divisions and in excessive communalism, there’s the media standing proudly in entrance of the puppet masters, our ruling political forces. And the media having performed its function, rely the money-makers, the wealth accumulators, the bureaucrats, the administration and different elements of society and you’ve got your cauldron of hatred effervescent and boiling.
Are we going to idiot ourselves although that every one this occurred with out our data or energetic collusion? Are we going to fake that “different individuals” are doing this and we ourselves are pristine in our bigger dedication to a unified humanity? Or are we going to fall again on the worst defence of all: that life is cyclical and sooner or later, magically, all can be nicely?