Social Media: An Endless Competition to Falsely Assert Oneself

Sabuj Bhattacharjee

23 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

It is very difficult to reach a definite conclusion through a comprehensive review of the mindset of the Bengalis. This passionate nation has not been able to change much through education. This has affected social media. During the British rule, this nation started falsely asserting itself from the time when they left the millennial dhoti and Panjabee and started wearing suits and boots of the English. But when that pretence came up through social media, it crossed all the boundaries of the past. Currently, most people are misrepresenting themselves through social media. Its field and purpose have become the subject of a systematic study.

The first thing that catches our eye is that most people are feeling a kind of contentment by misrepresenting themselves under different types of make-up. In this case, it is not possible to find similarities between the way the person is being presented through social media as a result of using different types of editing software. Due to which all the relationships created through social media are not lasting for very long. For this reason, the real respect or attraction that used to work for him evaporates within a very short period.  Then a sudden change in relationships comes.

The people of Bangladesh have been confused about the definition of beauty since time immemorial. The nation could not forget and banish it from its blood even in the twenty-first century. Here is some information from a book written by Naomi Wolf, an American writer, and journalist. "Myth of Beauty" is a classic essay on feminist theory. It was originally written in the early 1990s. In it, the author, based on many studies and researches, has expressed his ideas on women's liberation, people's growing confusion about women's beauty.  One thing that should be made clear here is that by referring to the "myth of beauty" I am in no way willing to make women the only subject of my writing, but rather I have to bring it as supportive information for the sake of my writing.

Most of the time, we have a faint or short-term attitude against racism because in the long run this attitude takes a position that conflicts with our personal lives and then we silently move away from it. Now the question is, do we believe that we talk against racism? Many say that people value fair-skinned people more in society than people who have black skin. In many cases, they cannot build their proper place in society and do not get equal dominance in all cases; which they consider a kind of disrespect. I also agree with them but in one place I can in no way agree that when they are trying to present themselves differently through social media. The question remains, aren't they hurting themselves with this racist slander? Because they want to change the physical condition given to them by their creator in different ways to make them look like those white people or the so-called beautiful people. Aren't they insulting themselves? If this is also considered as a right then I don't see anything to blame the society separately. It is not possible to change the outlook of society unless they change their behavior. If every human being can present his or her physical appearance as normal and beautiful and is not ashamed to present it, then that body or physical form will be considered completely normal in society at some point.

I think we should always show ourselves a little less. Just as much as we do; exactly half of it should be expressed or shown. Because if we want to reveal our personal information, appearance, and our position all the time, it can temporarily tarnish the image of the people, but in most cases, it can be annoying as same way they made us think of ourselves as gods by hearing or seeing the information we presented; will not hesitate to throw us on the ground from that position. Rather, we should express ourselves less and give the people around us the opportunity to know about us in their way. Then they will always believe what they know from themselves as true and the respect they will give us will always last. This different philosophy of life is found in Kamini Roy's poem 'To the Imitator'. Here I am trying to translate the poem; "Leaving others to imitate; immerse yourself / The real treasure here will get, nowhere else."


The writer is a freelance contributor