I am seriously worried over the future of genuine journalists. The rate at which the retired IAS, IPS officers, self-styled socialites and celebrities,politicians, businessmen and even hoodlums are making it to the edit pages it seems journos will soon be out of business.
Men like KPS Gill who allegedly pinched a woman in an indecent manner appear on edit pages along with their photos and sermonise the society. Joginder Singh, Jaya Jaitley, Arun Nehru, Suhel Seth, MN Buch may come from different streams but have slowly graduated from op-ed to editorial page and regularly appear on these pages.
The people who ruined our system in the last 59 years have now replaced the academicians and scholars to become professional writers who can churn out 500-600 words on any topic. It started in Sports when cricketers began writing columns and soon they eclipsed all. Now the situation is getting out of hand. And their sons and daughters are also becomeing journos with quite an ease. In English journalism probably we wouldn't find middle-class journos in future. So what will be the face of journalism five to ten years from now? Will it be all P-3 with little conviction or may be I am just being cynic and jealous of the bureaucrats who easily make it to the edit pages.
Saturday, March 18, 2006
Friday, March 17, 2006
You feel sick when news channels go crazy over the haircut of Dhoni. Many channels were seen inviting opinion of viewers on whether his new trimmed haircut was better or not.
Doesn't that look cheap? These people don't have any issue left! It really hurts because the viewer is no fool and understands how the media is projecting a false picture of this nation. No wonder everybody these days mocks at journos.
Thursday, March 16, 2006
The reporters, two girls, of channel 7 and CNN-IBN, together went to cover a programme and were seen asking Sundarlal Bahuguna about his 'achievements'. They were not aware who this 'guy' was. And when photographers at the spot told them about Chipko Movement, the reply was 'What Chipko?'.
Sometime later the girls were unapologetically saying, "We are fresh graduates so how will we know". True. You don't need to know a bit about anyone in this country as long as you have a mike that you can thrust into anybody's mouth and seek the byte.
Sunday, March 12, 2006
It was really bad to see the way Mayawati was speaking to the CNN-IBN reporter. And I felt bad for him. The channel does a story, the anchors spice it up and in their zeal often play it up, make crass comments and later send the reporter to ask for a quote.
The poor reporter had to bear all this. Mayawati yelling 'Inko yahan ghusne kisne diya....nikalo yahan se". That was too bad. Why didn't Rajdeep or Sagarika or other bigwigs talk to Mayawati instead. And after the BSP supremo's bad-tameezi the channel should have taken it up. Why Mayawati is treated as a goddess. Why you can't show her speaking up in that manner and criticise her.
Every individual has a dignity. If any person speaks like that, he/she ought to be exposed. But these channels who often treat politicians like say Amar Singh with contempt, Mayawati is allowed to get away with everything. That is bad. Do a series against her also and start a debate on such kind of behaviour.