In an odd piece of cultural criticism, Tunku Varadarajan explains “Why India loves Facebook” for the Daily Beast. No matter how Varadarajan attempts to explain away the reasons for his theory, the result is still a troublesome one. His actual list of reasons–including that all of the author’s relatives and friends use Facebook, and that Indians love to gossip–makes me think about the dangers of drawing broad strokes about already stereotyped Asians.
Even the article’s accompanying photo (at right) reinforces the exotic. How interesting! A woman in traditional red Indian garb! And she’s working on a laptop (checking her Facebook, no?)! Posed photograph, or an everyday sight on the streets of Mumbai?