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...

Turner International’s bullish on India

Turner International, a unit of Time Warner Inc, has recently bought a minority stake in the Indian production firm Miditech Pvt Ltd, which makes regional-language general entertainment channels. Turner operates the Cartoon Network and Pogo channels for kids. CNN-IBN...

Microsoft-Yahoo: A bid too far

Steve Yelvington’s got it right:Why does Microsoft want Yahoo, anyway? Here’s why: It’s four o’clock in the afternoon for the Microsoft software empire. At four o’clock there’s plenty of daylight left, but night is on the...

Future of a newspaper

It is uncommon to hear of journalists involving themselves in helping out the management about the future of a newspaper. I’ve heard only of ownership  of newspapers by journalists’ collectives and so on.  Here’s a new one: The Los Angeles Times...