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I don't belong to this era of the internet

Filed under: Internet and Blogging by Hari
Posted on Thu, Aug 18, 2016 at 21:33 IST (last updated: Thu, Aug 18, 2016 @ 21:33 IST)

I guess I've been online for a lot longer than the Facebook/smartphone generation, but here are a few signs why I feel I don't belong to this era of netizens:

I guess my age is starting to show. :P

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God awful writing in TV programming (mega serials in particular)

Filed under: Bits and Bytes by Hari
Posted on Mon, Aug 15, 2016 at 21:19 IST (last updated: Tue, Aug 16, 2016 @ 20:26 IST)

I've ranted in depth before about mega-serials (a.k.a. soap operas) but I wanted to add a few more points that make them particularly cringe-worthy:

  1. Exposition - check.
  2. Unnatural dialogues - check.
  3. Inconsistent characterization/lack of character development - check.
  4. Lack of psychological depth - check.
  5. Infantile and illogical plot twists/turns - check.
  6. Deus ex machina - Check.

So apart from suffering from other issues too detailed to go into here, mega serials suffer from severe deficiencies in story-telling. I simply cannot get over the fact that they remain so popular among the general public. I guess the only reason is that mediocrity has become so common-place that people have no choice but to accept and digest it, so much so that it has become the staple diet of television.

What ever happened to good storytelling and creativity?

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Site style change

Filed under: Site management by Hari
Posted on Mon, Aug 15, 2016 at 18:40 IST (last updated: Mon, Aug 15, 2016 @ 18:42 IST)

After a long time, I am changing the style of the site. Thanks to the common CSS and header image I implemented last time, it was a lot easier this time to convert the site to a new look and feel. Hope this bit of freshness gives some impetus to my blogging as well. (If you're not able the view the new look, simply refresh the page)

Here's a screenshot of the prior style, preserved for posterity :p

Harishankar.org previous style

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Walk a mile in my shoes before you talk is not an answer to criticism

Filed under: People and society by Hari
Posted on Fri, Aug 12, 2016 at 22:00 IST (last updated: Fri, Aug 12, 2016 @ 22:00 IST)

Criticism comes in several flavours. As long as people have opinions and feel the need to express themselves, there will always be critics. And there are some people who make criticism their sole job. While criticism can be either positve or negative, constructive or destructive, it is still only worth the credibility of the critic. It is an unwritten rule that a professional critic who has deep knowledge of the subject of criticism is far more respected than the critc who criticizes casually without much thought process or just for the sake of cheap publicity.

However, no matter what the nature of criticism, asking the critic to prove their worth/expertise in the subject of criticism before being qualified to criticize is not a proper answer. It is only a defensive tactic. If every critic has to prove their worth, then there would be too few critics and not much of criticism at all. A lot of valid criticism would remain unwritten/unspoken.

After all, people employed in the press/media have to live and just as the average journalist cannot be an expert in every topic he covers, the average critic cannot be expected to be so knowledgeable as to understand the finer nuances of every subject/person he/she criticizes.

Though I feel strongly about critics sometimes, I still think that overblowing the role of the critic is simply giving more power to their words. By arguing against critics, one only gives more power to the critic. If one feels that a criticism is unjustified, invalid or plain malicious the best solution would be to address the specific points of criticism which require a reply (if possible) in a dignified way or simply ignore it.

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Portrait of actress Asin

Filed under: Artwork/Portraits/Caricatures by Hari
Posted on Sun, Jul 3, 2016 at 19:15 IST (last updated: Sun, Jul 3, 2016 @ 19:15 IST)

Portrait of Asin Thottumkal, south Indian film actress. Drawn using Krita with my iBall pen tablet.

Asin

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Matthew Hayden

Filed under: Artwork/Portraits/Caricatures by Hari
Posted on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 at 20:30 IST (last updated: Tue, Jun 28, 2016 @ 20:30 IST)

Portrait of Matthew Hayden, retired Aussie cricketer. Drawn using Krita with my iBall pen tablet.

Matthew Hayden

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