Comments on: The media and paid news: Who shall guard the guardians? Perspectives on South Asian politics Thu, 02 Jun 2016 08:03:22 +0000 hourly 1 By: NeilMukherjee Tue, 29 Dec 2009 14:55:07 +0000 Glad you wrote on this, Vishal.

I recently came back to India after a few years of living abroad and incidentally this thought crossed my mind while I was flipping through our local news channels.

However, I found that your write-up lacked any deep investigation or reflection with too many questions posed for the reader.

Interesting comments by all the readers above me.

By: Urvashi.Sibal Sun, 27 Dec 2009 08:38:48 +0000 Nice blog. Pleasantly surprised to see a critique of the media, from its own quarters.

Wonder if such self-reflexive portrayals can be managed in the upper echelons of television media of the country.

Films have suddenly become great fora for media bashing.

I particularly liked what Balki did in Paa – with the character played by Abhishek, a young politician in the film, getting back at the media (portrayed, I must say, with the right amount of exaggeration).

Cinema is reflecting and addressing the issues of media manipulation, and a sort of tyranny that it has unleashed of late. Although, it was a theme that got wasted in the bigger scheme of things in this particular film (Paa), other films have touched on it, sometimes in a lighter vein, as well.

I am particularly looking forward to the film you mentioned, Rann, and what RGV is going to showcase.

By: hanmireddy Sun, 27 Dec 2009 06:46:35 +0000 In Andhra Pradesh alone, paid news is worth anywhere between Rs 300 cr and Rs 1000 crore as per P Sainath, the famous investigative jounalist.

By: MaxTheITpro Sat, 26 Dec 2009 15:55:19 +0000 I have an old saying about the masses and the mass media. Here goes…
“The IGNORANT MASSES are ASSES. This is nothing NEW to the few who KNEW.”

My point? When the common citizen around the world finally wakes up and stops being so god damn IGNORANT, they will then be able to figure out what’s news “worthy” and what’s just crap or inconsequential reporting. I’m simply amazed at how much IGNORANCE there is in the world — in your country India, here throughout Africa, and even in the so-called West where I’m from. Heck, ignorance — not malaria, HIV/AIDS, TB, typhoid, strep, etc. — is the most SERIOUS “dis-ease” afflicting wo/man kind.


– Maxwell (aka Max “The IT pro”)