We are in an age where we have access to the most information ever, yet we are not sure how much of it is to be believed. To add to that Sandhya Mendonca wonders if the social media has reduced what we believe is representative democracy to a direct democracy where everyone has an opinion.
What follows is a fine discussion that starts off with what Siddharth Das refers to as the “decimation of modern democracy” – a situation where an entertainment- oriented, consumer culture that is least equipped to participate in a democratic process argues, aggressively, on the merits and demerits of information that could they really do not have the ability to discern is true or false.
Atul Jalan counters with the irony of the times, where technology was supposed to make everything transparent but has ended up making the real undistinguishable from the hoax; where social media, that was supposed to create the vasudaiva kutumbakam is creating koopamandukas.
What we have today is a blind democracy, he continues, where we have no clue about what happens once we elect our representatives. Siddharth believes that we deserve it as we are not qualified to pick the qualified to rule/govern us. Technology however, can still help us enable a direct democracy, because technology has the ability to listen to a billion voices and opinions and integrate that with governance. But that will take a while and till then, we will wait.