Google, Youtube, and community "policing" in India

“The good thing about Youtube is that we have always had a very very active user community that has policed the site from the beginning… so if you go on Youtube you will hardly find… you know you will not Read More …

Pakistan lobbying and spin on US public and policy opinion

The media coverage of Mark Penn dropping the PPP account last year hides more than it informs, in particular how public opinion is shaped and the weaknesses of Indian media’s foreign news coverage. Late December 2008, Times of India, The Read More …

Playmobil helps us to normalise a police state

Since some Indians like to look up to the US for their inspiration and ideas (economic freedoms in particular), they might be thrilled by Playmobil’s products that will help us raise our kids to accept life in a totalitarian state. Read More …

Rock, new media, and caste counter-revolution

In 2007, VH1 and Nokia had launched a competition that encouraged individuals to produce their own versions of Pentagram‘s Voice (link). A user (identified on Youtube as Varun Agarwal), in response produced a version that deploys the song to voice Read More …

Long before Indian internet porn…

…there were the print magazines. So before the authorities get all riled up about Savita Bhabhi, they may want to introspect on this 30-year-old news report. From “Porn power”, India Today (December 1-15, 1978):

Terror, media, and technology fetishism

The 26 November terror attacks on/in Mumbai have triggered a fascination with technology. An earlier post (link) examined how the print news media and the security technology industry came together to promote products and services. And security products and services Read More …

Stop poking fun at Natasha Parachar

Miss Pakistan World is a talking head on CNN as she condones the attacks on Mumbai (inadvertantly)… oops, that’s the price TV pays for having beautiful faces on television. As Pakistanis we have to stand up and condone what has Read More …