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 …

Media lessons on Right to Education Bill 2008

An earlier post (read here) took a critical look at a report on primary education by Hindustan Times, especially when the subject of the report is a private education provider (KidZee) who has recently announced plans to invest Rs 350 Read More …

Poor copywriting or advertising-news nexus?

Hindustan Times carried a front page article headlined “One size fits all teaching harms children, says survey” (Wadhwa Kiran, Del, Dec 16, 2008). The report begins with an illustration of what is wrong with current education and throws some educational Read More …

NYT vs. ToI. News filtering and truthfulness

This is what New York Times said in its report A former Defense Department official in Washington, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that American intelligence analysts suspect that former officers of Pakistan’s powerful spy agency and its army 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 …

Framing the meltdown: To fear or not to fear?

Agenda setting and framing are two pet subjects of media, journalism, and communications studies. They provide the missing links between journalism as a practice and the professional approach to news imagination and news culture. On 19 September, both Times of Read More …

Terror emails: Medium, message, or messenger?

Irony is usually lost on the peculiar breed called journalists. As terrorists strike again in India, the tactic favoured by the perpetrators — notifying media houses in advance via emails — gains peculiar attention. In a pattern noted earlier on Read More …