on Al Jazeera

A comment on the media industry boom by Subaltern Studies appeared on Al Jazeera English magazine show Listening Post, 14 Dec, 2007 (Scroll over to timecode 7:25). This is not the first time we have been asked to comment upon global issues. The issue up for discussion on the show was India’s burgeoning print media industry. Our position, based on Kishore Budha’s longitudinal research in this area, is that news media (print and television) reflects an elitist, urban, and consumerist concern with a superficial interest in concerns of the subaltern. The interest in the subaltern kicks in when they provide a spectacle, leading to their othering.

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