Raising its head

Making sense of the good, bad and often strange trending topics online

Al Qaeda swam into our collective consciousness once again, after the organisation claimed to have kidnapped a 70-year-old American aid worker in Pakistan. Apart from a great many tweets expressing anger though, were some that saw things a little differently.
Edmarcopolo, for instance, commented: 'American homes destroyed by Al Qaeda last year = 0. Destroyed by banks = 1,200,000.

Who are the real terrorists?' Lois Weiss asked: 'How can you "like" a story about a 70-year-old being kidnapped by Al Qaeda? Social media needs a "hate this is happening" button.' Also, this, from Matt Bowman: 'Grandparents on Twitter pose a larger threat than Al Qaeda.'

The original item
Silk Smitha, ill-starred siren of the South Indian film industry, clogged timelines in the wake of the Vidya Balan film reportedly based on her life.

A certain Mayur wasn't happy: 'Did Silk Smitha really deserve a biopic? That too in Bollywood? What were her achievements anyway? The Dirty Picture is an excuse to titillate viewers.'

Sameer Mathad agreed: 'One thing that's puzzling me is how Indian filmmakers didn't find any interesting personality to make a biopic on.'
A certain Ramkamal Mukherjee was pleased though: 'Thank god unlike other actresses, Vidya didn't refuse to do this role.'

What women want
The confusing things girls do this, for some strange reason, became a topic of discussion for a while. Among the more amusing examples shared: 'Running right back to the same man who continuously hurts her', 'using a handbag with no compartments and putting 136 items into it', 'cutting their hair and putting in extensions a week later' and 'seeing and liking the yellow one, picking out the red one, trying the black one, then buying the green one.'

The last word
From filmmaker Rajat Kapoor: 'Oh my God, white people love us. White people love Bollywood! We are blessed! We have arrived! Oh please...'

Lindsay Pereira is Editor, MiD DAY Online (

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