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 …

A retort to the "liberals"

Tehelka has published a retort by  S Anand, publisher of Navayana to the online peitition by Ranjan Kamath urging users to switch off their mobile phones in protest against a few corporate billionaires who support the right-wing Narendra Modi. In 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 …

As Obama ascends… Martin Luther King on All India Radio, 1959

Talk about the role of mass media in the history of South Asia and  making history in South Asia and the world. This couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. The web site of the Consulate General of India 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 …

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 …