Me

I don’t like hating people. Here’s the thing, I generally don’t hate. But, when I do, it feels like my motive is absolutely right. And, that is something I have to deal with in a way I don’t understand.

Says a note signed “Me” on the canteen’s refrigerator.

This person mostly loves someone who is good to be ignored, if not hated. At college canteen, such notes are rare to find. The person writing them usually makes sure we know who wrote it and why.

That’s precisely why people stopped taking them seriously. Much like Facebook, but in real. I look around, eating my pie, and there she is, crying alone with her burger.

I don’t know why, but it felt like she was the one who wrote it. I did not want to judge a personality so real that she is crying in the crowd.

I walk up to her. Offer the remaining of what’s left on my plate. She does not respond. Gets up and walks away. Maybe she thinks I am the one who judged her for being real.

But, it’s not me.

Placebo: The Friendly Drug Monopoly

Written by Shreyas Melbuddhi

This is the first article in “The Scranton Report” where one post is added to the series every month. These articles are written over a period of time and a lot of fun-filled work goes into making these happen. Let’s go!


The word placebo comes from Latin, like most of English I know. It’s literal meaning (in Latin) is on the terms of “I shall please.” Used in the 21st Century with the context being a little far from the original notions, but much closer. It is no longer restricted on the basis of “pleasing.” On the sweet ambiguous contrary, it is more about pleasing yourself in a way. You might have heard about the placebo effect if you are familiar with medicine. The medical industry, as I am observing while working on this article, has evolved itself to a new state. From being an institution of help to an industry saving lives. I always heard about the cruel business. When you visit a hospital, it mostly becomes the word of talk to point out the faults in the system.

And, the placebo effect explores this kind of evolution very closely.

Photo by Anna Shvets

Strong believers of medicine are helping do this with amusing results, repeatedly. They are rerouting the path it has set for itself on the same grounds it had been growing from the start.

I wanted to learn about the placebo effect to know how influential our mind is in the way we all function. And also, the fact that one of my friend uses it on the same basis of foul language in our city. We use a lot of foul language, without the least kind of regret in Hubballi. Duck, now.

I might have understood how influential the mind is, but there’s another important pattern to observe here on the study of placebo. The many useless operations on a body are being discovered with the help of experiments based on this very effect. We now know many steps in a medical operation proven, or hopefully proven, to be less effective on the whole process when done as an “act.” The pattern of commercialization is inevitable for this article to be whole to me. So, the business had to be addressed.

What is this act? Are doctors even theater artists to do it? Why do they do it? The mission is to get answers, Captain.

Press “2” to continue. You’ll find it somewhere below.

The downfall of Facebook

The bridge of Facebook has fallen down in my space.

It was during that long time ago, which I don’t even remember, when I stopped using Facebook. I had done it to stop myself from the addiction, but it turned out to be more than just an addiction. It was like an extension to my life. I realised it the day I left it. But, I never let that realisation turn myself back to Facebook. It got easier every month, to not use it.

I could focus a lot on my college by not using it. And, it turned out to be very good in terms of the marks I scored in every test ahead. I still remember that college was not the reason why I left it. I left it because I just wanted to see if I could live without this addiction. And, I could.

Talking about the time when I thought it would be cool to login back to Facebook once again – it was different. The whole page had turned into something new, something I could not address myself to. The concept was still the same, but the way the concept was presented had changed exponentially. It had a lot of new features which the generation might have thought to be cool and appealing. But, not me. I just could not cope up with the page which was once a cool place for me to hangout on the internet. I found it to be very commercial. That’s the problem – it being commercial. Ask yourself – do you use (if you use) more of Instagram or Facebook? I bet most of you will have the answer as Instagram. That is because the new generation of users find it more appealing to use than any other platform.

Instagram is by far the leading platform for social media. It has over a billion users worldwide. You might be wondering – so does Facebook, what’s your point? According to the facts, this generation might have made an account in Facebook, but it doesn’t really use it as the primary spot for doing whatever they do on the internet to get social. One of the main reasons behind this behaviour is the fact that people got bored with Facebook. They can do whatever they do on Facebook, in a better way somewhere else on the internet. Development of new apps is one of the solid reasons why Facebook is not used anymore like it was done before.

The interesting fact I have observed in my nearest surrounding is that the older generation uses a lot of Facebook. This might be due to the fact that Facebook is the easiest platform to get started on the internet. What they don’t understand is the fact that it can be changed to something better somewhere else.

The bridge of Facebook has fallen in my space. What about you?

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