Opinionated

Why our opinion matters and how we can put it to use

The UK Elections are fast approaching, with the country getting ready to vote in May.While everyone is getting ready to cast their vote, how many of us are actually asked for our opinion on a daily basis, or even allowed to factorise it? In this fast paced world, it is difficult to sit down and explain to people that, I like Ed Milliband because he is charismatic, rational, etc. Or I hate Nigel Farage because he is too rigid, frigid, etc. How many of us actually think of the reasons because of which we hate/loathe/love/adore a personality? Or even an event?

It is very difficult to put into words things we feel. Or put forth issues that can be of concern to most people. For months, I have been searching for something, or someone, who can make me feel valued as a person who has a valued opinion. All I get is the chance to sit in the audience of BBC Question time, or watch the political debates online.

Knowledge over the internet has made all of us very narrow-minded: we rely on Google for almost every little information, making us completely dependent on the internet giant. Imagine if one day, Google crashed. That would mean losses for thousands people, regularly basing their life on Google. We begin our day on Facebook, end it on Twitter, and to appear a little intellectual here and there, like news articles, or share tid-bits about the world. While knowledge sharing is a great thing, we need to stop and think – what do we really feel about this thing that we are reading? Can I list out ten reasons why I want to read Fifty Shades of Grey or prefer watching the new Cinderella movie?

What if I want to tell people that I don’t like Disney? And that’s because I feel it is overrated, it is too mushy, it isn’t realistic, it doesn’t connect with most audiences. But how many people would believe me, until and unless I put that into facts and figures and showed them that people around me feel the same way? If 85% people voted on the basis of 5 factors against some wrong policy of a political party, that would make me feel that someone is finally giving my opinion some value.

There is a vacuum over the internet, and soon you will get to see a new tech platform on my blog. And this platform will not only take your opinion, it will give you an opportunity to create your own. No, this will be nothing like Playbuzz or Quora, it is filling an important need all of us need – valuing our opinion.

Till then, keep following @SomymuUK on Twitter for updates. I promise you that patience of reading through this long rant will be duly rewarded!

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2 thoughts on “Why our opinion matters and how we can put it to use

  1. individual opinions are increasingly becoming important in election campaigns, and in governance to some extent. It does appeal a lot at first sight, but i’m afraid it will make political parties respond to majoritarian and ‘populist’ views, which may SOMETIMES be contrary to what is right. Take AAP’s example-freebies were probably one of the reasons for its stunning victory, even though it might not be economically viable (just commenting on the freebies issue-not taking any party’s side).

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    1. Abhishek, excellent point. I believe populist and majoritarian opinions are not always correct and are easy to sway, but that’s a failing of the system of democracy and something inherent within the ideology. If we try and change this, we might just have to shake the very foundations of the ideology, which has some very good aspects too.

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