Having spoken about the web at length, I’ve been both, amazed and amused at the same time. While the internet is to be credited for enabling a lot of humans to have a sense a humour, turns out, it hasn’t been fully successful in that endeavour because for many, sense of humour is limited to the point of taking a dig at someone else. It’s mostly all fun and games until the joke is on you.
Everything from an unconfirmed CEO’s statement to a comment on a YouTube video easily offends us today.
I decided to enlist 3 instances when we could have reasoned instead of being offended.
1. 28th January, 2015, AIB Roast: The AIB knockout or roast was a comedy show where a majority of the jokes were targeted at the roast-master Karan Johar, the roasts Arjun Kapoor, Ranveer Singh and finally the panelists which consisted of AIB, stand-up comedians, and a few others. Yes, there were a couple of jokes made on the audience (Bollywood celebrities) but what’s fun? The one’s who weren’t even present in the audience got offended. Why? I really still don’t get it.
2. September, 2016, Pokemon Go: The popular and even harmless game received flak, no wait, it was even dragged to the court for rewarding virtual eggs to vegetarians at religious places such as a temple. I don’t even know what to say after this. I can’t.
3. 29th January, 2016, Coldplay’s Hymn For The Weekend: The video in all fairness was stereotypical because it showcased the ‘only’ side of India that’s known to the western world. There’s more to India than Sadhus, festivities and a rani. Hymn for the weekend was rather under-researched or maybe an outcome of the Indian side Coldplay wanted to depict.Healthy discussions we understand but being offended? Not cool!
P.S: These were three instances on top of my head, among the MANY instances when we’ve chosen to get offended over reasoning or being objective at the very least. Here’s to hoping an unoffended internet age one day. Until next time, #StayCurious 🙂