Saturday, April 10, 2010

Is blogging really something to brag about?

Today I was shocked at reading a debate on Facebook on whether the HP products are good or not. One argument really threw me in shock and then when I came out of that shock I landed into a worry. To some the comment may not come as a worry but if you look at it from an analytical viewpoint then it surely is a time of emergency for Computer Science in Pakistan, the comment was "I am a blogger and I write about HP!!!" Seemingly it is harmless but the authority with which it was said left me astonished.

My astonishment comes from the level of significance these bloggers are claiming for themselves, fine you blog about stuff and you do have a voice in the news arena and your blog activities may be shaping minds of some people but does that mean that every word you write is credible and warrants acceptance. Your profession is what makes you credible, if you think that just blog posts are what matter then there would not have been any such thing as research value through publications and citations.

It really bothers me to see the state of Computer Science in Pakistan and what's more disappointing is the attitude of the people in the field. They do not even realize where their ignorant and arrogant attitude is going to take the country and on being corrected they strike back with more arrogance and ignorance.

I am afraid that if this trend is carried on it will lead us to a mere consumer society which we already are, here I have my Professors working on mining and analyzing the blogosphere; and back there we just have people content in writing blogs so we are just the data for researches of the future.

Things really have to change and they have to change fast!!!