Challenging Transmission: Critical studies of media

Academic discourse and university departments are disproportionately geared towards training students to work in such a transmission-orientated environment rather than educating them as to how to engage critically with such a system. Read More …

Pirates? Aarrr, our frigates will fix em! Err… what about context?

When the Indian Navy sunk a Somali “pirate” ship in the Gulf of Eden, the Indian media (including leading journalists) cheered from the sidelines. Nothing like booming guns and gun-toting soldiers to fire up the cockles of journalists. But here Read More …

Rahman’s Oscar: Media Coverage (continuously updated)

As Rahman enters the hunt for Oscars, we keep track of the madness that unfolds in Indian media. The latter is known to go give importance to any western recognition to Indians in a sign of its readers’/audiences’ westward cultural Read More …

Networked societies and surveillance, lessons from US

Many politicians, policy boffins, and journalists have been saturating the airwaves and print that the state needs surveillance laws (link), there are the pliant corporates who will oblige the state with this (link), or there is the plain ol’ mob Read More …

26 Nov proof: Of media truth and truthfulness

Times of India says Pakistan has conceded to Indian “proof” of the 26 Nov, 08 Mumbai attacks (link). The News, on the other hand reports Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi stating all “attempts aimed at isolating Pakistan have been Read More …

Times of India frames Modi's shining Gujarat as "shame"

Times of India reports on attainment levels by primary school students in rural Ahmedabad and wobbles the axis of the spin and propaganda that surrounds discourse on Gujarat. Headlined “Ahmedabad: Show piece or shame!”, the report states that: only 51.5 Read More …

To hyphenate or not to hyphenate India-Pak…

Mitchell Reiss (cited in Christian Brose’s blog at Foreign Policy) says Hillary Clinton could be asked the following question at her confirmation hearing. It has been reported that there will be a Special Envoy for South Asia. What will be Read More …