Rolled Monk

The Social Spectrum

In Kozhikode!, Peeterru! on November 5, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Hello random reader,

I saw The Social Network this other day. There you go.. I am blogging after a long time and I have begun my post with the obligatory show-off line. But wait, there’s more. I am sure that all of us use facebook. It is supposed to be one of the “coolest” things around. But the movie’s portrayal of it’s creator Zuckerburg did not conform to those aspects of a person which we take to be cool. If you ask me I’d say Zuckerburg was a geek and I’m sure I wouldn’t be wrong. The problem is he seemed very cool too.

But this is not possible isn’t it? I mean, the geeks and the cool guys have always been in the opposite ends of the social spectrum haven’t they? So how can a guy who seems geeky be cool? A social paradox.

Yeah? Bollocks to that!! We forget one important thing. All the things which we look for in a person so that he can be classified as cool was invented by geeks. From a costly sports car/bike to your i-Touch, everything has the geek’s touch. But let us not get into all that. It would just show how stupid and biased our society is and how we readily shun people who are more capable than us.

Let me take a very common example of what the society, every society, in this world considers cool: Musicians. You can sing or play the guitar, your acceptance into any clique is assured. You can solve a high-end calculus problem, you are destined to be a loner for the rest of your life. But if we look more closely, removing those musicians from the equation who are “into” music just so that they can be cool, we will be able to find a lot of similarity between musicians and geeks. Funny again isn’t it? Let me elucidate..

Both parties are generally very shabby, having long hair and red puffy eyes. One from drugs for inspiration and the other from long sleepless nights trying to prove something or learn something. There is a complete negligence towards their physical appearance or state of health and they are all generally classifiable as eccentric. They are always in their own world, geniuses in their own way.

Then there is the work aspect. Both of them generally don’t give a rat’s ass what others think about them or their work. You curse them, abuse them or stone them, a musician will keep on playing and a geek will keep on learning new things. They are both intense and are driven by passion. They are generally very arrogant and do not take pleasure in earning money or other mortal pursuits..

There are a lot of exceptions to this especially in the case of famous stars, where the media steps in and creates them an image. Something they want the public to be like. A fine tuning of the masses so that they can sell their products. Otherwise, they are exactly the same. Brilliant minds on a quest for something.

So why such a vast social divide? I am as clueless as you are. Maybe when every geeky person invents something like facebook, a movie would be made about him and he’d become cool. Until then, the people will have their pathetic biases and create silly divides.

Finally a small clarification: I am neither a geek or a musician. But what wouldn’t I give to be one?

So till I write again…ciao ciao.

  1. One,The social network was a huge inspiration for me.
    Two,the movie starts with him being rejected for being so un-cool and hence he sets into the idea of launching a website and hence understanding that info about each other are something that people would give anything to know and voila, facebook was born.If facebook is cool,the persons who are all on it are cool that makes Mark the coolest right? Still,they have their own world,take the tv show big bang theory for instance. I’d give anything to be one of them.They have their share of fun šŸ™‚ And yeah,there’s the social divide.

  2. lol.I started with the same obligatory show off line too.

  3. You have glorified a geek so much that now I have to think think twice before proclaiming myself as one.

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