Well, those in India would have ‘enjoyed’ themselves watching the former chief minister of Tamil Nadu, M Karunanidhi, being hauled out of his bed and bundled into prison like a sack of potatoes.
Those interested in Media & Politics would not have been very surprised to see the entire episode from the second camera… where Mr Karunanidhi was shown to walk along happily with the State Police 😉
You might have also had a good laugh watching a Union Minister being carried like a sack of sawdust (albeit the sack would not pound the policemen on their heads), and also watched in shock and disbelief when the same Union Minister forced into the State Prison in his Official car (lights blaring and all)…
While most of us are apprehensive about the current state of affairs in the “World’s Greatest Democracy,” communication or media students would be most happy (like me).
These particular videos as shown (telecast, to be politically correct) by Sun TV and Jaya TV are a media analysts dream come true in his/her quest to understand Representation – How the media shapes the way we see the world.
The dynamics of media ownership play a very important role here, with Sun TV being owned by Karunanidhi’s Nephew (for the record) and Jaya TV being owned by Jayalalitha’s well-wishers (off the record)
While you try to analyse or study the events as they unfold on Star Plus, and other channels, may be you would spare a little time to check out a new website I have put together on Yahoo! Geocities called Nakul Shenoy Online! and located at http://www.geocities.com/nakulshenoy/ – this site is my attempt to maintain an online portfolio.
Do let me know your feedback on the same 😉
Till my next posting… Enjoy the media war that is being played in Tamil Nadu, India by two political bigwigs. These political stalwarts meanwhile are being drubbed “anarchists” by the ‘neutral & free’ Indian media 😉
Check out this very interesting article at Tehelka.com too: http://www.tehelka.com/currentaffairs/july2001/ca070201arrest1.htm