More media bashing
I am just not able to get over my media bashing🙂 A few days ago, I wrote about my decision to switch newspapers. The newspaper boy told me that I am ‘allowed’ to switch only at the end of the month. So I continue to get TOI even today. Hopefully a new beginning next year onwards.
I spend about 60 seconds every day glancing their “Bangalore Times” set. Since many days now, they have been running campaigns on the ‘attrocities’ being committed upon Bangalore’s ‘citizens’ by not letting them party beyond some deadline, even on New Year’s Eve. It is disgusting to see the paper treat the issue almost as an infringement of the most basic rights of people.
Today’s edition (December 23, 2008) was the real low point. There were three main articles on the first page.
- One had to do with the ban on smoking in public places. The article references unsourced surveys and says that in the UK and France, passive smoking has increased after similar bans as people smoke more indoors – hinting that the ban on smoking is probably a bad idea.
- The second article was about a starlet, and in the headline, she declares “I am perfectly ok with being covered from head to toe”! I cannot believe this. We had ‘starlets’ declaring that they were ok with exposing a bit. Now, it is considered ok if starlets agree to cover themselves up🙂
- A detailed article on ‘live-in’ relationships, their acceptance (supposedly) in society, the ‘benefits’ of such an arrangement and the hi-fi celebrities who have gone for such ‘arrangements’ upon whom today’s youngsters can look up to.
I don’t know what exactly is the agenda of this sub-section of the newspaper, but promoting any kind of values or principles is not one. Preserving any such values is also clearly not their agenda. Responsible reporting – I cannot see how this comes under that category.
Our ‘leaders’ create big hungamas in parliament and other houses over some minor mistakes in text book contents arguing that such material can have serious impact on youngsters. I wonder what they think of such cheap content coming daily in one of the leading newspapers of India.
BTW, Ananthu and I have this really long argument (possibly for over 15 years now) about whether TOI is better or IE is better. Ananthu – you win mate!