Friday, May 03, 2013
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
The revenue -driven model of 'private' television channels has fashioned 'news as commodity'. News has to have a glitzy, colourful 'package', and for most of the vernacular 'news' channels, ethics has been thrown out with yesterday's garbage.. News is being peddled in orer to 'improve viewer ratings'.
|WHAT'S IN THE PACKAGE? THAT'S THE QUESTION. BY THE WAY, THIS PHOTOGRAPH HAS NOTHING TO ADD TO THIS POST, SO THERE....|
So, this means that you, the viewer are a passive witness to the shrill and boisterous sparring between panellists, [sound and fury signifying, alas, nothing!]. At the end of the session, the hapless viewer is left confused, bewildered and struggling to make sense of the story and to form a considered opinion.
What the public needs isn't the biased views of the so-called experts, but the drect and balanced reports of journalists on the ground, who have the advantage of first-hand experience.
High decibel TV debates can entertain, but fail to educate or enlighten, which is what news reporting is all about.
We are dependent on the newspapers and the print media like never before... the paradox is that only a fraction of today's so-called literate young adults spend time to read.
Monday, April 01, 2013
Oh for Heaven's sake! Cut out the practical jokes already!
It's the first of April, the start of a New financial Year for taxpaying indians and other rare entities.
Well the joke is on you folks, railway fares are up, and you're paying more than you did yesterday for jostling along rickety tracks that were mostly left behind by the Brits when they left for Blighty some 60 years ago.
|LET'S DRINK TO THE HEALTH OF THE CHOO-CHOO TRAINS!|
The railway system in India, is a hopeless tangle, any way you look at it. Its an unsafe, unhygenic, unpunctual, uneconomic, ill-run, behemoth that moans its pain with every wailing train that pulls into its plethora of platforms. By all accounts it should have breathed its last a long time ago. Yet, year after year, more unviable, financially suicidal projects are added on to its payload.
On this day of Fools, let's salute the Indian Railways, it's India's longest running Miracle!