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Stuff about blogging we don’t yet know… March 19, 2007

Posted by Sharath Rao in America, blogging, economics, india, movies, sport.

I was thinking about this now. There is an angle to the influence of the blogosphere that we haven’t yet seen. And we won’t for a while. Not because its a secret, but because some things by their vary nature take time. A few examples : Levitt’s explanation for the link between abortion and fall in crime rate that appeared with a lag of over 16-20 years. Or for that matter, the sudden abundance of 10-12 year old “Aishwaryas” and “Sushmitas” in India ( they won in 1994 ) and Jayasuriyas in Sri Lanka ( after WC 1996 triumph )

Just imagine the magnitude of this possibility – US president of the year 2050 is most likely born already and probably has a blog as well ! Google and their ‘evil’ friends and competitors probably know more about her/him that she/he could imagine. And since anything that goes online almost always stays there ( or somewhere else), it has some real implications.

When the aspirant announces nomination in 2050 for the presidential elections of 2052, out comes her/his several blogs, myspace accounts, delicious bookmarks, flick account photographs, discussions on online message boards and possibly membership on websites with adult content. Although its delicious fodder for her/his opponents, this information overload will likely be a nuisance for the general public and distort their choices.But then the voting public of 2050 will almost invariably have been exposed to information overload all their lives, so I guess they will be used to it.

Ofcourse, the Indian PM of 2070 ( remember we have older PMs πŸ˜‰ ) probably has an Orkut account already. And if found out in 2070 that she/he was the member of some “hate Pakistan” community on Orkut as I write, it might complicate the peace process πŸ˜‰

Moral of the story : If you are a 10 year old and plan to run for office in the year 2050, take a course in political correctness right away and resist the temptation to start a blog.

Update : As an aside, one complicated round-about but cool way to judge say Sachin Tendulkar’s popularity would be to look at baby name statistics over the years. I don’t know if such a statistic is easily available for India ( as it is for American citizens ) – but I would think that 1991-92 and 1996-98 would probably peak.



1. Aswin - March 19, 2007

ha ha.. very true. An orkut user will definitely become a future president or prime-minister… very interesting thought !

If orkut survives till then, our networks should have grown so big that the president himself might be on our friend’s list ! πŸ˜‰

2. Deepak Krishnan - March 20, 2007

the maharashtra government will set a precedent by banning orkut… … and then…. the whole of India will follow!!!!

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