Conflict coverage in South Asia: Lankan media shows the way?

How do India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka media cover conflict? A 2005 research paper by Seow Ting Lee and Crispin C. Maslog ((War or Peace Journalism? Asian Newspaper Coverage of Conflicts, Journal of Communication, June, 55/2) argues that while the Read More …

The other India and the end of imagination

Given the recent overdrive by Hindustan Times over the plight of the residents of Gurgaon (held up by the newspaper as a shining example of India’s global prowess), who are being let down by India (which gives them third world Read More …

Political economy of a televisual society

A Star News report used a “scandal” from the television sporting event Indian Premier League to frame the upcoming reality TV show Ek Khiladi Ek Hasina (a Strictly Come Dancing franchise). This incident is a good illustration of the problematic Read More …

Give us this day our dumbed down foreign news

Global evidence indicates that “information” and “education” genres in mass media are on the decline and even those that exist are refashioned such that their contents and presentational styles mimic those of “entertainment” programmes, entailing a potential loss of substance Read More …

They look like us but… Thoughts on media, terrorism and modernity

This blog has been going hammer and tongs about how headlines, choice of stories, layouts reflect journalistic imagination of news and audience. Consider this “Wanted: Fun, Fearless & A Fundamentalist?” (Ghosh and Bhutia:2008). The article is reflective of wider tensions Read More …

(Features) HT Gray Matter, 21 Sep: Underwhelming

The headline on the page Gray Matter: Mosaic says “The stronger sex” (Sanyal:2008). The page is meant to feature the anxiety that the newspaper imagines for its readers. The blurb says: “Being a man has its obvious advantages. But in Read More …

English in Hindi newspapers: Market kaa effect?

A study of Hindi newspaper Hindustan’s page, “Remixed” reveals the positioning of the citizen subject as consumer who is caught in the tussle between the (unproblematic) march of new ideas due to economic changes. In the process, the Remixed collapses the complex role of language in the citizen’s life into one single dimension: that of a consumer. Read More …