Our Chief Mentor, Prabhakar Mundkur, speaks about the trolling of superstar’s Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor’s baby boy, Taimur. With today’s social tendency to join the herd of popular opinion, is it time to question when it gets out of hand?
Join us with Prabs as he delves into the psychology of social media’s mob mentality to question the bandwagon.
Bollywood couple Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan sparked a huge controversy last week, by naming their new born Taimur Ali Khan Pataudi. People ruthlessly trolled the new parents for having named their kid after the 14th century Turco-Mongol ruler and Mughal dynasty founder, Babur’s ancestor. Now, one would hardly expect the public to show their rage at a baby’s christening. After all a baby’s name is the prerogative of the parents and the only person who has the right to object is the baby itself, who of course is too young to know or understand.
So when social media bashed up #Taimur in public, one couldn’t help feeling the unfairness of it all.
But what makes social media engage in this kind of ‘bashing’ and how is it different from mobs who destroy public property or beat up an innocent human being? Not much because social media has the same psychology as mobs.