Last night, on NDTV, there was a discussion on whether bloggers or blogging should be regulated or not?
Barkha Dutt, who was moderating, had been the target of several rumors on various blogs so she was clearly anti-blogging to start with. But being an intelligent person, she saw the way the wind was blowing and dropped her stance by the end.
The discussion covered why people blog - to express themselves, reach out to wider audiences, make like minded friends, talk about topics difficult to touch on in real life.
Being the media, they did spotlight on two or there very candid personal bloggers who talked about sexuality. One, a very attractive male was picked up by the cameras very often. He did confess to a certain amount of voyeurism when blogging. The two young women said they used pseudonyms because they were so candid and that gave rise to a lot of unwelcome comments. And that their parents were aware of their blogging and hence their sex life too and they weren't too embarrassed by that.
The Man from Aaj Tak did say that a lot of people could now easily write in public and that was very cathartic and releasing. So more or less, it was agreed that it was a good thing and policing could be done only after the blog was written or 'the crime was committed'.
I only wished that they'd manage to identify Mysore Blog Park when they did their research and had our GVK on the show. He would have had a couple of things to say .