Ethnic conflict, global capital, and framing

Is Indian foreign policy reflecting that of neo-con US, with both policy and outlook reflecting national interests and pragmatism over insights, intellectualism, and morality? 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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

Public healthcare, public information, and propaganda: The case of Dr Sanjay Gupta

As a media researcher one looks at how public discourse is being shaped, particularly concerning issues of public policy and how facts, lies, spin, and propaganda is used to further ideologically-driven agendas, all the while couching it is in the 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 …