NDTV vs Kunte. Some thoughts on law

Talk about corporate own-goals. Or worse, loss of irony. Blogger Chyetanya Kunte appears to have been coerced into making “an unconditional apology to Ms. Barkha Dutt, Managing Editor, English News, NDTV Limited and to NDTV Limited, for the defamatory statements… made Read More …

Gates Foundation, PR, and spin in South Asia

More on “Creative Capitalism”. PR Newswire has a release that USAID will be working with the Gates Foundation to help more than “six million farmers achieve significant cereal yield increases over the next ten years” (link). Readers might be interested Read More …

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 …

D'Press 16 Jan 2009

“Narendra Modi becomes India Inc poster boy”, Economic Times, Link Today’s cartoon is about leading corporate billionaires Anil Ambani and Bharti Mittal signalling their thumbs up for Narendra Modi as PM of India. Modi, as widely believed, is accused of Read More …

D'Press 12 Jan 2009

“Going after the politician orbureaucrat is easier than the businessman. Just watch a charming TV anchor flirt with a CEO as she asks him about his corporate philosophy to understand that.” Sidharth Bhatia, DNA, 11 Jan, Link

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 …

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 …