PS3: Corporate propaganda and spin

The corporate marketing and propaganda machinery morphs itself easily to stay on top of our minds and this is not achieved merely through relentless advertising. In the field of gaming, which is a highly competitive industry, if you connect your 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Cashing in on terrorism

Times Of India, Delhi edition 23 Dec, brought out a full page titled “Staying Safe: Security Solutions” with the tagline “A Consumer Connect Initiative”, whatever that may mean. Two articles, one headlined “Thwarting terror networks” and the other “Schools step Read More …

L'Oreal, Glocalisation, and PR plugs

According to a press release issued to the media by Hanmer MS&L Communications Pvt. Limited Pune, the “Cité des sciences et de l’industrie (CSI) along with L’Oréal, the global leader in cosmetics” is presenting a “fun-meets-science exhibition” at the Nehru Read More …