Wednesday, July 12, 2006

ഏഷ്യാനെറ്റില്‍ കേരള ബൂലോഗ സംഗമം

ഇന്നു രാത്രി ഏഷ്യാനെറ്റ്‌ ന്യൂസ്‌ ചാനലില്‍ മറൈന്‍ ഡ്രൈവ്‌ എന്ന പ്രോഗ്രാം എല്ലാരും കാണുക.. കഴിയുന്നവര്‍ റക്കോര്‍ഡ്‌ ചെയ്യുക. ഇന്ത്യന്‍ സമയം 8:30


kuzhoor wilson said...



Published: 07/11/2006 12:00 AM (UAE)

Beware! The bloggers are watching
By Vinita Bharadwaj, Staff Writer

In India, sex on the internet, apparently doesn't sell so much. Not if you go by the recently released India Online 2006 Report, which is based on a land survey conducted in April this year.

In fact only 11 per cent of Indian users surf the internet for adult content.

Email tops the usage list and here's the big surprise - 88 per cent of all the net users polled said they regularly check out blogs.

Surprise, because until recently the phenomenon of blogging was largely considered to be an elitist domain.

With the ability to blog in regional languages now and a largely free platform, the medium it seems, can now truly be taken seriously as an alternative source of opinion and information.

The arrival of blogs means that the general public can now go beyond what is presented by the mainstream media and no longer need to see or know what they want us to see and know.

However, it also means that the members of the media need to be careful as their acts of plagiarism or inspired writing - depends on what side of the fence you're sitting on - stand a much greater risk of being exposed.

In recent history examples of open copying have received great attention online complete with name and shame.

One of the early exposes was of Nihat Kazmi's film review of Shark Tale, which was lazily lifted from Roger Ebert's review. Next on the hit-list was - another film critic - The Hindu's Gautaman Bhaskaran.

Really, how tedious or difficult can it be to watch a movie AND write your own thoughts on what you think of it AND get paid for it?

Bhaskaran, who has - and continues to - review films for India's national newspaper for the past 21 years even has his own website complete with photo of the man.

He was found out by a Chennai blogger to have tweaked around a New York Times review of Alexander by Manohla Dargis.

The world is truly our oyster and it's just a matter of time before some blogger decides to open it. Bhaskaran, the last one heard, didn't lose his job, but for sure he lost his credibility.

And the newspaper, by insisting on stoic silence over the issue, also disappointed readers, who wrote in about the shameless act.

The most recent act was that of Mahmud Farooqui of Outlook magazine.

Bloggers found similarities between Farooqui's book review of Jan Dalley's The Black Hole in The Independent by Anne Garvey.

Faroouqi for his part has responded to the accusations and it was posted on Outlook's website.


Not only do the copycats have to be cautious, but journalists, writers and the rest also better be wary.

It's only a matter of time before the following faux pas finds its way to the blogosphere.

Popular Indian columnist Shobhaa De in the June 30 issue of one of the UAE's evening papers wrote in her weekly column - this time on India's UN Secretary General nominee, Shashi Tharoor:

"Tharoor has been spending a considerable amount of time lobbying in Delhi and going by reliable info, it's India's ex-Prezzie [sic], the very worthy Mr. Narayanan, (a Malayalee, like Tharoor himself), who has been pushing for the blue-eyed (literally!) boy of Kofi Annan."

That's fine, though how former president K. R. Narayanan managed that seven months after his death is beyond my comprehension. And imagination.

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ഓലപ്പന്തന്‍ said...

കണ്ടു.റെകോറ്ഡ് ചെയ്യാന്‍ പറ്റിയില്ല.അതുല്യ ചേച്ചി പറയുകയാ “ഒരുപാടു ബുദ്ധി ഉള്ളവര്‍“ വരമൊഴി കണ്ടു പിടിച്ചു എന്നു. ഹ ഹ...കാര്യം ശരി തന്നെ.പറച്ചിലിന്റെ സ്റ്റൈലാ‍ണു കിടിലം. ശരിക്കും മിസ്സ് ചെയ്തതായി തോന്നി.റെകോറ്ഡ് ചെയ്തവരുണ്ടെങ്കില്‍ യുറ്റൂബ് വഴിയൊ മറ്റൊ പങ്കു വയ്കൂ...