Re: [bangla-vision] Oh dear, is there no other news?
- India is another Israel and HollywoodThe deal for letting England win WWI was that India would have a new Jewish Viceroy to rule India for the Queen -- and when Mohatma Gandhi was shot it was assured that nothing would change even in the new Indian Republic. In the US I call it Judeo-pornographic culture. You may not like the term for it -- but you certainly seem to be stuck living with the thing itself.----- Original Message -----From: mary whalenSent: Sunday, June 01, 2008 1:06 AMSubject: [bangla-vision] Oh dear, is there no other news?YIKES!...is American Media, (The Propaganda Model) becomingglobal standard???. .....Mary.
Sriram Savarkar <sriram.savarkar wrote:Oh dear, is there no other news?
If television is supposedto be a reflection of society,then ours is a most venal society.In the north,TV news is obsessed with crime and cricket in unequal measure.When either of the two wane,there is always cinema to plug the holesthat in any other self-respecting informationsociety wou! ld have been filled by well,what else but Breaking News?
Television news seldom takes a break from these three Cs.Add one more to it,current affairs and you end up witha C4 square cricket, crime, cinema, current affairsandif we were really the kind to be obsessedby one letter of the alphabet,we could add another to the list celebrity.After all, someone likeRakhi Sawantgraces news channels because ofa) candid views of her body,b) candid views on candid views of her body.
Does that meanwe are equally and solely concernedwith the C4 square?That we believe Indiahas nothing else to recommend itself or to reflect?If that is true,then there is only one comment to be made:oh dear.
The last two weeks have seen TV newsin the north taken over with crimes so horrific,with no room for anything elsebut the antics in the IPL to bring us relief.The Aarushi Talwar murderhas captivated TV newsand viewers with its baffling and possibly sordid nature,to the exclusion of almost everythi! ng else.Dr Nimesh Desai,a psychiatrist, protested atwhat he called the media's"group voyeurism" on NDTV 24X7.Indeed,the media is peeping through any creviceit can find in the flat where the murder took place as well as in the version of events presentedseparately by the police and the Talwar family.And we,the viewers,have been perched on their shoulder all of us trying to solve ! the mystery of the murders.Nothing has been left to the imagination as TV newshas donned the cloak,slipped on the dark glasses and played police,private investigator, forensic expert,criminologist, psychiatrist judge, juror and judged.
All of this with an unapologetic,nay, smug air of righteousness.All in the name of that elusive, much maligned value justice.As we saw in earlier cases,the media is an active participant,more exer! cised than anyone else about the case especiallywhen there is murdermost cruel committed in a middle-class milieu.The middle,urban classrepresents the primary audience for TV,one that most media practitioners belong to.Thus,there is a bias coverage unlimited, unstinted.When was the last time a similar crime,in a poorer, or rural setting and there must be many bedazzled us and the media?
Already,since the arrest of Dr Talwarfor the alleged murder of Aarushi and Banjande,the media has taken up the case of the accused and his family.Since no one knows who killed whom and why,taking sides is a dangerous game.But,at the moment,the family version dominates the news channels.What can we say, but, once again, oh dear.
Is there no other news?Yes,a heinous crime has been committed.Butthere are other equally heinous actsout there deserving media attention.There is the Gurjjar agitation that has of Tuesdaycost 38-odd people their lives;there has been the waiver of farm loansthat might help prevent more farmer suicides.These have received media attention;however,they are covered in an unconvincing manner,as though the channels feel obliged to cover thembutare impatient to return to the real news murder.
The Aarushi case is not singular.There has been the murder of a young TV executive,Grover, in Mumbai,Gruesome is not the word.And television delights in everything gruesome.The fact that we watch such coverage,with mouths hanging open for more,says something about us, too.It says thatwe cannot get enough of such stories,that we are complicit,and make no mistake we are,thatwe enjoy a good murder mystery more than anything else.Cricket.Celebrities.Current Affairs.Cinema begone,give us murder any time, day, year.
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