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 …

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 …

India-US. Of trade embraces, lobbying, and spin

In his last press conference, George W Bush, outgoing President of the USA arguing against the suggestion that the country’s moral standing in the world had been dented cited India and said: “go to India, and ask about, you know, 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

Anonymity, public servants, media, and ethics

Raju Narisetti, former editor of Mint, had defended an anonymised polemic by an “IAS officer” about the failures of the government over the war on terror (linkĀ  here). This had broken out into a war of sorts between the government, Read More …