What’s on the news…

… and what’s not!

Yesterday, the Supreme Court refused to grant a stay on the construction at the Narmada Dam. When Anup told me, it was raining; when I came in from the rain, I looked for a report on the news. Nothing. Except two bland statements on the bottom scroll, nothing. So many news channels, and not one covered anything except the elections.

Don’t get me wrong, the elections are important news. Very important. But this is important news too – and there are people for whom it means more than the elections ever can or will. A sizeable number of people. Just yesterday morning I’d read what the Hindu’s Readers Editor had to say on news coverage by the paper, and this sort of touched a chord. We have so many news channels, and every one of them caters to the same audience.

I’ve heard a lot about how the media is fast opening up and so consumers have more of a choice than ever. But whatever marketers might like to believe, news consumers are not this homogenised, single-minded, community with common interests and perceptions on every issue. Why is it, then, that this ‘opening up’ is producing a media that appears to be a homogenised, single-minded, community with common interests and perceptions on every issue? Now I feel like re-reading Manufacturing Consent… pity I don’t have a copy (sniff!)

A web search produces this; I love the internet!

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