A nitwit on Orkut

While doing my routine channel changes, I caught a news clip on a news channel (I forget which one it was). Orkut was the object of attention and with the amount of firing hurled at Orkut, I thought my television set will go up in flames.

The gist of the story: A girl met a boy on Orkut and they became paly-paly after some time (I refuse to use the sentence ‘She was befriended by him’, that’s utter nonsense, he can’t be friends with her if she doesn’t want to). She shared her personal details, including photographs of her family, her phone number, her address etc.  After a while, there was a tiff among them and the boy went ahead and ‘published’ all her details on Orkut. The girl claims that the boy put her name and phone number on his scrapbook for everyone to see.

The news channel invited the Managing Director of Google India and what surprises me is that the MD agreed to it! If a girl is stupid enough to give out her phone number to strangers, what can the MD of Google India can do about that? If she didn’t know that the rules of real life applied pretty much the same way to the internet life, whose fault is it? How can she claim that Orkut was responsible for the mess when she didn’t her own boundaries? How can she ask the MD to make scrapbooks private? If scrapbooks are private, then how do they differ from emails?

I am not pro-Orkut or anything, I know there are many pitfalls in using Orkut which many people don’t know. All I am saying is, don’t point a finger at Orkut to justify your stupidity. If you are a nitwit, abstain from using Orkut.

PS: I really wonder how net-savvy this particular news channel is. For the above story, the headlines being shown was: ‘Orkut hacked’. This news channel should have ‘How computers work’ and ‘How internet works’ on their wish list.

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5 thoughts on “A nitwit on Orkut

  1. wordlywise says:

    Interesting post…evidence of how shallow our media (esp TV news channels) is becoming. Paucity of ideas couples with incompetent reporters and what we get is stories that lack depth and sensationalising of irrelevant events/happenings.

  2. oemar says:

    Hi,

    Pro-orkutting or not, the right to use orkut is a part of freedom of expression and speech, and you must be pro that I am sure. Anyway, the Indian judicial system will never allow banning orkut or any other similar stupidity. Completely agree with you that it was the girl’s fault and we cannot hold orkut responsible for this. Nice punch on “orkut hacked” 🙂

  3. generally says:

    @Manoj: I have distilled the whole story and given only a gist. This drama went on for one hour and Orkut was accused every minute of it! Hats off to the MD of Google India who was listening to all this nonsense and still keeping quiet.

    @oemar: I don’t think India is that backward that it will ban Orkut. I was surprised at the attitude of the ‘victim’ and the news channel. They had the nerve to blame Orkut for their misdeeds. They even had Shiv Sena’s spokesperson to come on air and comment on it and she dragged Shivaji Maharaj’s name into this. I don’t have the intellect to deduce the connection between Orkut and Shivaji Maharaj, so I gave up.

  4. oemar says:

    @generally
    Well thats true, but it makes me sad that these things even occur and make it to the news… anyway, development of mind is a slow process… lets hope for the best 🙂 Good post

  5. allirekha says:

    the fault is with the girl only n Managing Director of Google India has nothing to do with it.And if the scrapbooks are made private then things will bcome more worse

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