It is common, these days, to hear people complaining about the media’s tendency to go on and on about a story. There is too much overkill, we are told. There is too much self-righteous indignation and outrage. Read more

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I don’t know if you watch Cyrus Broacha’s weekly satirical show on CNN-IBN. Cyrus is a very funny guy but for me the highlight of the show is often the mock interview with a celebrity. The way it works is this. Cyrus (or his producers) take clips from a genuine interview with a celebrity and then splice in bogus questions that Cyrus asks. Read more

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Think about it. A very popular cricket tournament runs into trouble when the government decides it cannot offer security. The tournament’s organizers decide to take it abroad. The BJP attacks the government. It says that the message this sends out is that India is not safe. No foreign teams will come here now.

 A while later, after the tournament has been shifted to South Africa, Australia declares that it will not come to India to play its Davis Cup matches.  India, it says, is unsafe. Read more

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People often ask me why the media seem to be in recession while movies and the IPL appear to be going strong. After all, they say, it is not as though there are fewer producers lining up outside Shah Rukh Khan’s door. And the IPL auctions show that people have lots of money to spend.

It’s a good question and I think I have only partial answers. Read more

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