Don’t you know Dostoevsky?

My friend told me once – I like Orkut, especially the concept of communities where people who have the same feelings on something usually discuss on why they tend to have the same feelings.   For example, If it is a “dream lovers” community, they would discuss on what they dreamt on each day, how day dreaming help them to live decent life, which is better way of dreaming – “day dreaming or night dreaming” and so on. If it is “Rain lovers” community, people would debate on why they feel so special about Rain and not the same way with sun…etc.

 Do you see the power of orkut communities? It has space for everything. If you feel Sambhar is better than chutney or vice versa, you can voice your views by enrolling to the corresponding community.  People would comfort you that there is nothing wrong and perfectly alright in thinking so highly of Sambhar as they all feel in the same way about it. This is believed to be wonderful feeling, to be backed up by so many people, appreciating your divine thoughts on Sambhar. This would really boost the person’s confidence instantly, making him bright and bold over night. Soon he would be the dear member of community posting regularly on good characteristics of sambhar and ways to achieve it.

 I was so intrigued.When I came to understand the conception of communities, I immediately wanted to give a try as I was so determined to waste my time despite of whatever it costs.  So I promptly joined one of those book communities, only to find out it was not as fascinating and supportive as I had expected it to be. It has four moderators and an owner, unlike the owners and moderators of other communities, they are strict.  They have so many warnings in the name of rules, violating them will make the member banned from the community ceaselessly. I think those moderators are well disciplined school or college going kids, who used to participate in the weekly literary discussion on Raskalnikov’s Psychological upheaval on Dostoevsky’s Crime and punishment. This only complicated things for novices. I mean, for a mind which confers Crime and punishment, it must have been really hard to see a member who is interested on discussing some second rated contemporary  fiction.   It is like discussing A, B, C,D with PhD in English literature. The moderators would swiftly delete those members’s request, murmuring  mildly “if you don’t know Dostoevsky then don’t discuss anything!” .This continued and finally everyone stopped conversing in the community, feeling inferior about the books they read, leaving the moderators to peacefully analyze the mind of Raskalnikov .


12 thoughts on “Don’t you know Dostoevsky?

  1. not all the communities are lik that.. probably u got trapped in some geeks’ community.. it is true that some mods and owners act as dictators, but most of the communities im in are not lik that. i even started fighting wit words in a community with its owner and he dint delete my topic and replied his views…

  2. yeah i agree , some commuities are good …what makes me feel funny is, why these so-called intellectuals have difficulty in moderating. It still puzzles me what makes their head so strong.It is alright to be rude if the members indulge in profanities, but why such strong actions for an casual request…Any way it is funny to watch thier actions and discussions on forums…

  3. It is true mods have been the reason for downfall of many communities, they take this mod thing seriously and hover all the time to find which posts needs to be deleted. Orkut has been a great time pass for me for quite a long time now. its always better to discuss with like minded people or people whom we can relate with.

  4. I too joined a books community but it was not very interesting. I mean, I can gather more information from Wikipedia! I think the whole idea is a waste of time.

  5. Hi, Your blog contains a very good information about Orkut. It is really good and is interesting one. Definitely! Such kinds of blogs are rare to find over here. Actually Orkut is not only the source of making friends but is also a way to make money. There are so many people who are using Orkut to Make money. Even I also publish some idea regarding how you can make money using Orkut.

  6. sema nakkal ka ungalukku-
    ‘I think those moderators are well disciplined school or college going kids, who used to participate in the weekly literary discussion on Raskalnikov’s Psychological upheaval on Dostoevsky’s Crime and punishment’…..couldn’t cntrl laughin!!!
    Ya-these new-age moderators tend to get over-excited & sometimes spoil the entire community!!!

  7. Yeah, why don’t the so called intellectuals realize that they too were probably “novices” once, reading Harry Potter and Enid Blyton? Luckily, not all comms are like that….

    I read Dostoevsky’s The Idiot once ….but I lost the patience halfway through. There is a limit on how large a book you can write…or am I too close minded?

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