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 …

Halan's damning mail on Vinod Mehta's outfit

According to an internal memo posted on the media watchdog site The Hoot, Monika Halan, the editor of Outlook Money has quit over what she called “conflict of interest between edit and management”: But there is an increasing conflict of Read More …

Public healthcare, public information, and propaganda: The case of Dr Sanjay Gupta

As a media researcher one looks at how public discourse is being shaped, particularly concerning issues of public policy and how facts, lies, spin, and propaganda is used to further ideologically-driven agendas, all the while couching it is in the Read More …

Anonymity, public servants, media, and ethics

Raju Narisetti, former editor of Mint, had defended an anonymised polemic by an “IAS officer” about the failures of the government over the war on terror (linkĀ  here). This had broken out into a war of sorts between the government, 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):

D'Press 26 Dec 2008

D’Press is evolving as I experiment with various styles and formats. New lettering and approach to script (of course, I may think I am a genius while you may politely disagree). For your comments and feedback. Please feel free to Read More …

Advertising, newspapers, and ethics

This advert for Sunny hair care products (Hindustan Times, Del, 25 Dec 2008, p2), though explicitly not stating that it regrows hair nonetheless presents two pictures — before and after. The copy does say “Keep alive your hopes of healthy Read More …