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ROBIN KAUL @fulcrum0013 38
Posted 04 Jul
Tone of the passage?? If you were to observe the pattern of presentation on Hindi news channels, you would think there is some sort of mitosis at play; that one super anchor has duplicated into many identical anchors; that all reporters have been Dolly sheeped into mike-holding Dadaist harbinger...

Tone of the passage??

If you were to observe the pattern of presentation on Hindi news channels, you would think there is some sort of mitosis at play; that one super anchor has duplicated into many identical anchors; that all reporters have been Dolly sheeped into mike-holding Dadaist harbingers of “breaking news.” They all look the same, sound the same, and shout at the same decibel level. The Hindi channel newsroom is one big factory where everyone has to pass the conformity test of group cohesion. Any attempt to break away from that norm is to stare at an interpersonal abyss. There are indications that an anchor from one such channel fell into this abyss recently and almost drowned in it. Facing harassment from her superiors, Tanu Sharma of India TV tried to end her life. In her own words, she got tired of “being brave.” Her story has been picked up by editors and other TV professionals, most of whom are no longer with the medium. But from within, there has been no shamefacedness so far. It is very likely that Ms Sharma will be dubbed as the one who could not withstand the pressures of “live television.” Her channel and others will go about their business as if nothing happened. Stuck between Amul Macho and Barnala Sariya, there is very little chance of journalism surviving and its sheer tonality not evoking a feeling of irrepressible irony. How did we reach here? In July 2007, while speaking at a seminar on TV news, Qamar Waheed Naqvi, the then editorial head of Aaj Tak, remarked: “If I have to choose between the market and my conscience, I shall choose the market.” In April this year, Mr. Naqvi chose to resign from India TV, citing an alleged “'scripted” interview with Narendra Modi as the reason for his quitting. But that is difficult to believe. After all, as far as the market yield goes, the aforementioned interview was as good or as bad as a YouTube clip of a golden eagle swooping on a mountain goat carried by the channel in its prime-time slot. So, when did the market eclipse the conscience, not to mention the editorial consciousness, of Hindi news channel editors? How did the decay begin? In the 90s, when Surendra Pratap (SP) Singh started Aaj Tak as a news programme on Doordarshan, it transgressed the boundaries of the monotonous state TV news. It was pleasing to hear Mr. Singh on screen, his team of reporters, and the lively camber that shaped their reportage. He had sought to introduce an element of entertainment in news. But at no point did he allow it to turn into a shipwreck that, to put in Voltaire's words, would invoke the same curiosity in men, monkeys, and little dogs. Sadly, he passed away in 1997, only a few years after he started Aaj Tak. By that time, however, entrepreneurs who wanted to get into TV news had understood that the market lay in Hindi news. So they began to hire workforce from the Hindi print. Those who already had TV experience, like the ones who worked with SP, suddenly found themselves in demand. The salaries they were offered in TV were exponentially higher. But the newsrooms they got to reign over were different from the newsrooms of Hindi dailies. The television had suddenly become a soap opera in which the dream of liberalisation could not only be lived but prolonged as well. The young and the restless from small and big cities wanted to be in these newsrooms, to experience their multi screens and air conditioner-induced unnatural coldness. The camera offered them what an MBA could not: instant recognition from their neighbours in their middle income group colonies. Or, if you made it bigger, a stranger could come forward in a marketplace and shake your hand. It was all exhilarating. The editors from the Hindi heartland, and many other news professionals from these parts, knew the intricacies of Indian politics — more specifically, the political calculus of the Hindi belt they came from. They knew the algorithm of elections and vote percentage. But many among them also brought with them various deep-rooted complexes about, among other things, the English language. They grudged a handful of journalists who could converse in English, who dressed in a particular way, and who thought nothing of a female colleague lighting up a cigarette. With time, some changed. But many continued to suffer from what some of us called the 'Kankarbagh syndrome' (after a colony in Patna). While these strains were creating ripples in the newsroom and beyond, editors developed parameters that only bred mediocrity. Like mercenaries, young journalists would be sent out to collect sound bites. In the newsroom, only a certain kind of skill set began to be appreciated. One was considered good if one could collect sound bites indefinitely, without even asking for a weekly off. It was unfathomable that a reporter could have a life beyond news, that he or she may be in a relationship, or would like to read, or watch a play or a film. These were considered pastimes of a loser, and indulging in these was discouraged. In the newsroom you would sometimes find a seasoned reporter, his teeth stained with gutka , boasting about how he had no idea which class his child was in. As a result, the younger lot of journalists could never grow intellectually. The reporter on the BJP beat did not know who Syama Prasad Mookerjee was. The one on the foreign beat had never heard of Henry Kissinger. The reporter on the defence beat thought the aircraft carrier India sought from Russia was called Admiral 'Gorbachev.'

The advent of manager-editors

By 2000, the Hindi channel newsrooms had multiplied and TV news now followed a 24-hour live cycle. Around this time, journalist-editors began to be replaced by manager-editors. A notion was floated that news judgement is no big deal and that anyone could do it. These managers, drunk on power and money, turned news into folderol. Some of them went ahead and recruited aspiring models as news anchors. At least one of them thought Bina Ramani was a 'socialist', while another referred to the word kapaal (skull) in an Atal Bihari Vajpayee poem as kapaas (unginned cotton). Many promising reporters fell for this gaudiness as well. They jumped from one channel to another, which at the time of its launch would put on display their cardboard dummies in the lobbies of five-star hotels. They would walk with a swagger from the newsroom to make-up room and then to the studio. They lost a sense of the field. In a few years time, many of them became redundant. In the larger film, their role got restricted to a cameo. Many editors were rendered useless as well. In their emptiness, some of them shifted to other pastures such as entertainment and politics. But still, there are many journalists out there trying to be brave in newsrooms. Amidst the cacophony of the news they produce every day, their immediate task must be to first reclaim their own selves. Like Saul Bellow writes in “What kind of day did you have?”: “Of all that might be omitted in thinking, the worst was to omit your own being.” These journalists need to ask themselves what kind of day they have had — whether they were able to have a dialogue with themselves. If not, then it is time for them to tell their manager-editors: take your kettledrums elsewhere.




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  • I felt the author is trying to tell the real scenario at .... 3d.
  • I feel it is definitely negative. At times it is also sou.... 16s.
rachit340
Rachit tripathi @rachit340

I felt the author is trying to tell the real scenario at that time rather then commenting much on analysis on the scenario, So I felt this is more of descriptive rather then critical or analytical

NinjaTurtle
Rishabh @NinjaTurtle 36

I feel it is definitely negative. At times it is also sounding harsh. It is talking about the bad fate of hindi media and how it was reached. I feel it is harsh/caustic/critical of the scenario. pls tell me if i am wrong !!!!

prats92
prats 92 @prats92 530
Posted 15h ago
With increase in ________ and understanding, meanings of words ________.


With increase in ________ and understanding, meanings of words ________.


59 people answered this question.
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hitbullseyes
Hitbullseye.com @hitbullseyes 37
Posted 19h ago
What is the highest power of 3 in 58 ! - 38! ?

What is the highest power of 3 in 58 ! - 38! ?

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  • 17. 56m.
  • OA please. 2m.
iamsanju
Sanjeev Kumar @iamsanju 1
Posted 5d ago
Who all are attending III Counseling (SC Category) ?? Plz Reply


Who all are attending III Counseling (SC Category) ?? Plz Reply


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  • No. 3d.
  • rahul have u recieved call letter from bhu??. 3m.
aadhi444
Determination ToSucceed @aadhi444 690
Posted 9m ago
All of a sudden I have become very weak in LRs :disappointed: :disappointed: Any suggestions for improvement.

All of a sudden I have become very weak in LRs

Any suggestions for improvement.

fidelity
@fidelity 6
Posted 26 May '08
> plz help me wid these questions.......:nervous: Q1) a train travels 8 km in 1st quarter of an hour, 6 km in second quarter and 40 km in 3rd quarter. find the avg speed of train per hr over the entire journey. ans- 72km/hr Q2)the avg age of 8 person is inc. by 2 yrs when 2 m...
plz help me wid these questions.......:nervous:



Q1) a train travels 8 km in 1st quarter of an hour, 6 km in second quarter and 40 km in 3rd quarter. find the avg speed of train per hr over the entire journey.

ans- 72km/hr

Q2)the avg age of 8 person is inc. by 2 yrs when 2 men aged 35 & 45 yrs are replaced by 2 women.find avg age of 2 women

ans - 48

Q3)in a hotel where rooms are numbered from 101 to 130 each room give an earning of 3000 for 1st 15 days and 2000 for the later half,per room. find the avg earning per room per day(assume 30 days per month)

ans - 2500

thnxx in advance..............



For the second problem you can solve it by the conventional method which is already posted. Also you can treat this problem as:

The two women who are replacing the two women should have the weight such that they can make up for the weights of the two men as well as increase the avg of the group by 2. Thus the weights of the two women are
35+45+2*8=96. So the average is 96/2=48
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  • 1) Average = Total distance / Time Total distance = 8.... 5h.
  • @fidelity Check the ans for 2. Definitely it can't be 48.... 10m.
munna1
m ishaq @munna1

1) Average = Total distance / Time

   Total distance = 8+6+40 = 54
   Time =    3*15 / 60 = 3/4

    Average = 54*4/3  = 72

brpr1991
Boopathi @brpr1991 18

@fidelity  Check the ans for 2. Definitely it can't be 48. Bcoz, if the avg is 48 their total age would be 96. Which is more than that of the men. Hence the average age cannot increase. OA should be 32.

hitbullseyes
Hitbullseye.com @hitbullseyes 37
Posted 10m ago
In how many ways 264 can be written as the sum of consecutive natural numbers? Find the numbers too.

In how many ways 264 can be written as the sum of consecutive natural numbers? Find the numbers too.


isha249
Isha ach @isha249 31
Posted 23 Jun
123456123456123456....upto 600 digits is divided by 999

123456123456123456....upto 600 digits is divided by 999

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edprep.in
Ed Prep @edprep.in 3
Posted 11m ago
*Word*: Derelict (adj) *Meaning *\- In a very poor condition as a result of disuse and neglect. *Mnemonic* \- Learn the visual Mnemonics at http://edprep.in/ Usage - People say that they have seen ghosts in that derelict house.

Word: Derelict (adj)

Meaning - In a very poor condition as a result of disuse and neglect.

Mnemonic

- Learn the visual Mnemonics at http://edprep.in/

Usage - People say that they have seen ghosts in that derelict house.

Sagar_the_red_devil
Sagar Ahlawat @Sagar_the_red_devil
Posted 1h ago
Hello everyone!!!!My acads are 10th:-92% 12th:-74.6% B.Tech:-66% At what percentile i can get a seat in IIM Rohtak or some other decent colleges like FMS,MDI etc.

Hello everyone!!!!My acads are 

10th:-92%

12th:-74.6%

B.Tech:-66%

At what percentile i can get a seat in IIM Rohtak or some other decent colleges like FMS,MDI etc.

  • Apart frm few old IIMs like IIM A, B, S, I, K, all premiu.... 15m.
moti
MOHIT KUMAR @moti 812

Apart frm few old IIMs like IIM A, B, S, I, K, all premium clg r within ur reach. FMS doesn't consider acad ..

ricky05
rhitwiz tripathi @ricky05 75
Posted 09 Jul
guys i am new at chennai.right now working in Infosys Shols.will be taking only mock tests of CL,TIME.can u suggest which all centres will be close to me??


guys i am new at chennai.right now working in Infosys Shols.will be taking only mock tests of CL,TIME.can u suggest which all centres will be close to me??

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  • and the closest center of time will be time vellachery ce.... 09 Jul.
  • CL Tambaram Center will be closest its walkable distance .... 19m.
imaginer88
@imaginer88 134

CL omr center will be closest . It is walkable from dollar buscuit bus stop . 

imaginer88
@imaginer88 134

and the closest center of time will be time vellachery center 

prabakaran.a29
Michael Prabhakar @prabakaran.a29 1

CL Tambaram Center will be closest its walkable distance from Tambaram bus stand & Tambaram Railway station.....

Mani_raj
@Mani_raj 2
Posted 2d ago
waitlist 4,in SC category...any chance ?

waitlist 4,in SC category...any chance ?

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  • actually there was no w/l released last year under OBC, S.... 23m.
  • I converted and declined the offer, so +1 for SC W/L. 21m.
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priest_1600ad
scrappy coco @priest_1600ad 18

i read some posts there were no WL movement in sc last year

moti
MOHIT KUMAR @moti 812

actually there was no w/l released last year under OBC, SC, ST category. If it would have been released then there must have some movement. 

hitbullseyes
Hitbullseye.com @hitbullseyes 37
Posted 5d ago
*BULL MOCK CAT1: Question No. 37 * *DIRECTIONS : Choose the option that represents the most logical order of the given sentences. * *A.* One measure of the strength and importance of the feminist movement is the extent to which philosophers from a broad spectrum - from conservatives ...


BULL MOCK CAT1:    Question No. 37

DIRECTIONS : Choose the option that represents the most logical order of the given sentences. 

A. One measure of the strength and importance of the feminist movement is the extent to which philosophers from a broad spectrum - from conservatives to radicals or from historians of ancient philosophy to deconstructionists - now view the discussion of gender issues as an important part of their discipline.

B. Not only this, many regard it as central to the very rationale of their research initiatives.

C. Using a parallel yardstick, the environmental movement has grown rapidly in strength and importance and one should expect a much more explosive agenda at global conferences.

D. The range of philosophers who address environmental issues is probably as broad as that discussing gender, which is as much an achievement for the philosophers as it is for the environmentalists.

E. Given this rapid and dramatic rise of philosophical concern for environmental issues, we should expect and welcome serious disagreements about both the underlying conceptual and historical reasons for human destruction of the environment and the proposed solutions.

Options are

1. ADEBC          2. DEBCA            3. DEABC         4. ABCDE

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  • 4. 1d.
  • 1?. 21m.
angvil
shivika sharma @angvil
Posted 25m ago
I am in second year of my graduation n m pursiing bba i am confused at one point... should i start takin CAT coachings from now or from next year.. and as i am in a regular course so i have the burden of my graduation too.. please help and suggest

I am in second year of my graduation n m pursiing bba i am confused at one point... should i start takin CAT coachings from now or from next year.. and as i am in a regular course so i have the burden of my graduation too.. please help and suggest

  • just start casually and spend 1 hr per day going thro the.... 22m.
balajikarthick
balaji venkat @balajikarthick 179

just start casually and spend 1 hr per day going thro the basics and yes u can join a coaching..the earlier u start is the better...