Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Shouting Matches. Why Can't Our Electronic Media Even Lick the Dust of the BBC?

Just now I finished watching BBC's Nik Gowing and then sat at my computer to watch an interview with Arindam Chaudhari by Sagarika Ghose and Maheshwar Peri (formerly of Outlook? I don't know.).

Oh God!

Why is our television so strident? Why do they have to shout so much? Is it a failing of we, as a people. All of them were shouting at the top of their lungs. So much high-octane trading of allegations. Charges and insults were being exchanged. Absolutely no mass media manners. "Bull shit" one says. Is saying "Bull shit" okay to a billion people? Is there no manners here?

We, Indians are not known for our manners. A train journey will prove that.  Read my earlier blog here. The sad fact is that, of late, people have been imitating those talking heads on television.

How can BBC get it so right and we can't get even lick the dust of their good manners. Sagarika, Arindam, Maheshwari, could you please listen to BBC, pleeeeeaaaaaaasssssseeeeee?

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