Digital Media:- Shuddering
The Hinduized News Media!! Part I
15 August , 2008
Ambedkartimes.com run by our Prem Chumber is completing a successful second year, let us all congratulate PremJi and to those who support this internet news site.
Ambedkartimes, is a modern and digital dalit media news that was started by Prem Chumber two years ago, an ardent Ambedkarite our brother, friend and a Buddhist who lives in Sacramento, CA. Premji recently started Ambedkartimes in Hindi language too (www.ambedkartimes.org).
It is important to recognize the hard work, dedication and forward looking mission of this website, like Prem Chumber there are numerous dalit/Ambedkarite/Buddhists who are doing their share in splintering the hindu media in India as well the world media, by taking dalit issues to the center stage on their own terms but not waiting for the established news groups.
The main news papers like Hindu, Indian Express, Times of India, Daily Thanthi, Deccan Herald and other similar such news groups in India are still following the biased and self centered policies, they seldom have any time to write about issues that are tarnishing the Indian society and the future of India. All these news groups cannot and will not focus on real issues, furthermore they outrightly ignore the dalit issues in particular. I said about this time and again in my upliftthem blogs, I am not going to change this stand on Indian media or the foreign media who writes about India. They all have the same approach, it is their nature, it is their very altruistic and bigotry nature and they often ignore to give due importance to dalit issues.
Unfortunately, those readers and internet visitors who cling to this modern news systems like internet, blogs and message groups are also doing the same mundane things in their writings, these young writers do share those traditional bigoted approach like the News Papers, however there are few exceptions that you will notice elsewhere in this editorial.
What is happening in the Digital world?
Ever since internet and IT became part of our lives, there is a tremendous transformation of our communication system, communication media, interpersonal communications and also in the press and TV media. This is a great challenge for the traditional media, so they have all facing this challenges some of them make it, and others are loosing the battle in this changing times?.
But, for the right thinking individuals and groups, this changing times are a superb opportunity to grab and boot the conventional news, as the consequence is our emergence of digital media, which is sending shrills into the spines of shivering "Traditional Media."
This is true as far as Indian national news media groups concerned, certainly also true in the international media networks like New York Times, Times,Observer or Gaurdian like news. It is the modern bloggers and the internet news sites that are making tremendoous progress steadily among the readers, just ask New York times or other such giant news moguls about how much revenue they are loosing from advertisement and subscriptions, you will know the truth. Ironic, is in't??. This is happening at the price of these news media carrying mundane, celebrity driven and worthless news by ignoring what people actually need and what this society needs in terms of news on a day to day basis.
The traditional Indian news groups like Hindu, Indian Express and Times of India and the likes are fully staffed by hindu people who are to the most part are chauvinistic, casteistic people, who cannot think out of their little "Frog's Well" to say so!?.
First of all, the newsmen and woman in India have this eternal bias and bigoted heads, but the other issue is the "Fear of loosing everything they accumulated and squandered by betraying the society and poor people?. If dalits move into the media, and if they become media moguls in India, which will be the disastrous end to all those who are running the news group. There will be hardly any non hindus (majority Indians such as the Shudras, Bcs and Sc, Sts) will buy the traditional media), this means only 15% of the population of India who will care about the traditional media, the rest of 85% the real non-hindus will go for the insightful dalit media.
oh yea?, what is dalit media anyways?. I am quite sure there is lot
of Indians including some dalits asking this question or pondering
over whatever is Dalit Media is all about?.
Some of the Blogs and website that are challenging the traditional news papers are listed, these to the most part are run by dalits, except few but the few of them are genuine writers who seek attention to dalit issues (blogs such as: Ultra violet). Some of the Key blogs and sites are listed below, they range from Dalits writers blog to others who honestly see this casteism and it's pathological effect of Indian society, needs utmost importance to change India. These only few of the several other blogs and sites that are not mentioned here are doing their part of cleaning up the media monopoly and making sure that people get the right news at the right time. Some of those blogs are listed here:
I. Dalit Blogs for Dalits upliftment:
BabaSaheb Dr.B.R.Ambedkar & his People: http://www.ambedkar.org/
Atrocity News: http://atrocitynews.wordpress.com
Dalit Solidarity News: http://dalits.blogspot.com/
Dalit Newwork News:
Apocryphal, A Gossip Corner on Dalit issues: http://apocryphal.wordpress.com/
Thus Spoke Dr.Ambedkar: http://ambedkarquotes.wordpress.com/
Meena Kandasamy: http://meenu.wordpress.com/
Eradicate Manual Scavenging: http://www.swachchakar.blogspot.com/
Super Hindus & Enormous Crime: http://superhindus.wordpress.com/
Samatha Blog:Community of Dalits: http://samatha.freeflux.net/
Dalit Voice: www.dalitvoice.org
Blogs that Justifiably supports dalit upliftment:
Mutiny India: http://mutiny.in/
Cyber Gandhi: Escape From India: http://escapefromindia.wordpress.com/
III. Alternatie Foriegn Blogs/Sites: Shaking the traditional NYTimes like news in USA
Counter Punch: http://www.counterpunch.org
Alternet News: http://www.alternet.org/
Raw Story: http://www.rawstory.com/
Media Matters for America:http://mediamatters.org/index
Anyone who goes through these alternate digital news blogs and sites would appreciate the sear knowledge, straightforward analysis of events by these individual writers can stand distinctively than that of Times of India, Hindu or New York Times. Is this is the beginning of demolishing the bigotry in the established trational media in the world which is simply owned by few people and they make billions through selling news that are made up stories, to the most part, but nothing to do with helping people and uplifting the needy society?.
will be continued in the part II....
is the Author of the Upliftthem blog, http://upliftthem.blogspot.com