Logging the Web

Posted on January 30, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

“It is not a bad idea to get in the habit of writing down one’s thoughts. It saves one having to bother anyone else with them.”

Isabel Colgate

Social media didn’t begin with USENET, blogs, twitter and facebook. Social media extends back to town criers and the postman bringing around the news, oral traditions and the village storyteller.

Gutenberg was as much of an innovator as Mark Zuckerberg (actually much more of one, but then, that’s debatable.)  And that led to yellow papers, classifieds and letters to the editor.  Ham radios and home movies. Local TV stations and man-on-the-street interviews.

As a student journalist, and a card-carrying member of the internet generation, I see a blog as a natural extension and evolution of these longstanding human traditions. Establishing an online presence is not a matter of choice these days, it’s there no matter what. Controlling it is another question altogether.

With the hope of a reporting career, a wanton personal journal that notes down my every thought and whim doesn’t seem appropriate. Instead, this will hopefully serve as an outpost of considered thought, as well as a reference point for my various travels through the interwebs.

With that in mind I present to you Subcontinental Breakfast.

The main conceit of this blog will be attempt to understand and analyse the way that unique piece of the world, the subcontinent (the des, as it were), is viewed by people outside it; whether it is the people around me, in my college, in Los Angeles, in America, in the Western world; or the people who deal with words, the op-ed journalists and pundits who take it upon them to discuss the subcontinent; or the governments, most notably America’s, who have to deal with these nations through their foreign policy.

Suggestions, criticism and well, praise, are always encouraged. Responses are what I want. Please indulge me.

And so, here’s to ruining Ms. Colgate’s advice, and annoying as many people with my thoughts as I possibly can.

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