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 …

CNN-IBN's big idea for 2009: Prime time terror, good Muslims, gays, internet

CNN–IBN broadcast a 10 minute program “Ideas 2009: What will shape our world this year”. Filled with graphics and montage sequences, the segment presented five big ideas that will shape 2009 — Prime Time Terror; Technology; the Liberal Muslim who Read More …

Wonderful web worlds of child prodigies

here. Lavinashree’s website states: It is their cherised (sic) desire that she always strives to rise to the challenges ahead and emerge as a silver lining on the grey cloud winning adulation and accolades aplenty. (link, accessed 30 Dec 2008) Read More …

Stop poking fun at Natasha Parachar

Miss Pakistan World is a talking head on CNN as she condones the attacks on Mumbai (inadvertantly)… oops, that’s the price TV pays for having beautiful faces on television. As Pakistanis we have to stand up and condone what has Read More …

Child prodigies and television news scripts… aaaw! Guest post at Kafila.org

My guest post at Kafila.org, “Child prodigies and television news scripts… aaaw!”. The essay critically analyses the script of NDTV‘s news report on Lavinashree and what possible meanings it might offer. Read it in Kafila.org here.

Karan Johar, SRK, and the celebrity interview

Commercial media and celebrities negotiate many sociological and commercial processes creating a space that demonstrates intersection of many interests. The celebrity interview is particularly a unique phenomenon as it has evolved into sophisticated voyuerism, which rewards the reader/viewer with background Read More …

Shah Rukh Khan, bipolar Muslims and media

In an interview with Rajdeep Sardesai of CNN-IBN and Barkha Dutt of NDTV, Hindi cinema superstar¬† Shah Rukh Khan “finally comes out” and speaks out about Islam, defending it as a peaceful religion (watch the segment below). Fair enough. He Read More …