Two media critiques from The Hoot

Two articles that I enjoyed reading, so I couldn’t resist linking to them.

The first is Alok Thakore going hammer and tongs (the name for his column by the way) in his post Dravid as editor, which has this its hook (for lack of a better word):

“Would you want a guest architect or civil engineer working on your home for a day? Would you want a guest doctor giving you some medicines?” . Here’s an excerpt from the post:

More accurately, journalism, like politics, it has to be recognized is a profession or work that requires no specialized or formal training or education. You cannot be a cobbler, doctor, chartered accountant, engineer, or an ironsmith without undergoing some training. But you can be a journalist. No other knowledge and demands are made of this job than some linguistic facility, increasingly even that seems unnecessary, and the ability to transform it into sentences, written or spoken. In other words, there should be no reason for one to grudge this business of guest editors since if anyone can be a journalist why not these gentleman and women.

Then, Vijay Nambisan, not to be outdone, excoriates a journalist (for behaving all first-world-like) in Rum, reggae and responsibility:

There is such a strong sense of déjà vu as you continue reading:

Be prepared, they had warned. And I braced up [sic] for the worst. Till I ran into Victor Taylor outside, and his dazzling smile. It’s a smile that I was to see on hundreds of faces in the next two days. The kind of smile that soothes you, makes you feel good, convinces you that you are with good people, in a happy world. The kind of smile that forces you to pay that extra dollar, everywhere, knowing that you are being fleeced through your guts [sic].

This can’t be an Indian writing about another less developed nation, can it? It must be Tony Greig writing about an Indian tour, or Dean Jones in terrorist country. The subtext is, of course, that the aborigines are friendly and shiftless and live off the hapless tourist. Never happens in India.

Both articles are interesting and informative and worth a read.


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