Big Tech, Big Media and the Challenge to Democracy

Robert McChesney, one of the best scholars of media, titled a book ‘Rich Media, Poor Democracy’. But, it wouldn’t be hyperbole if we say Big Tech, Dead Democracy. Between US President Donald Trump’s victory and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg’s multiple attempts to get...

Mapping Digital India

The most disturbing reality might be that there are “more Indians have access to a mobile phone than to a toilet,” but there are other digital facts like “60 percent of all households have cable and satellite” or that “DD National, covers...

Technology not as Sophisticated as the Book

The United States, which never quite tires calling itself the most powerful democracy in the world, for decades now has had presidents whose core strength has been their ability to pip their opponents at television debates. It has been so since Ronald Reagan down to...

Spectrum and Community Radio

Guest Post by Ram Bhat of maraa, a Bangalore-based media collective.   Community Radio became a reality in India, on the 16th of November 2006. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MoIB) released official guidelines enabling civil society organizations,...

A tiny step too late

Sometimes a small step in the right direction needs to be applauded, even if it is a bit late in the day and  just a half-hearted attempted. I am not sure if I’ve seen something like this before during my morning dose of Deccan Herald, so it came as a pleasant...