Google, Youtube, and community "policing" in India

“The good thing about Youtube is that we have always had a very very active user community that has policed the site from the beginning… so if you go on Youtube you will hardly find… you know you will not Read More …

Playmobil helps us to normalise a police state

Since some Indians like to look up to the US for their inspiration and ideas (economic freedoms in particular), they might be thrilled by Playmobil’s products that will help us raise our kids to accept life in a totalitarian state. Read More …

Long before Indian internet porn…

…there were the print magazines. So before the authorities get all riled up about Savita Bhabhi, they may want to introspect on this 30-year-old news report. From “Porn power”, India Today (December 1-15, 1978):

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 …

NIA, UAPA Acts: media editorials

On 18 Dec 2008, the Indian parliament passed the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and constitution of a new federal agency, National Investigating Agency. Both the acts were cleared by the parliament with little public debate. Did the incessant media coverage Read More …

When news and advertising collides

I wonder if the brand manager for CNN-IBN noticed the irony. This advert for the news channel (Hindustan Times, Del, 16 Dec 08, p13) proclaims it is “India’s best English news channel”. The Nation page of the same edition (Page Read More …

Was Indian Mujahideen's email message the real bomb?

In the wake of the Ahmedabad, Bangalore, and now the Delhi explosions Sep 13, the media is putting the newshole to effective use. No, I am not referring to the pesky journalistic poking the state in the eye with questions Read More …