on 24 August 2007)
face it. Television, the Internet and the mobile phone
are slowly getting fused into one humungous media entity
that's slowly sucking us all in.
week, television unwittingly let us into just how closely
the media are entwined. By Monday evening, news channels
were treating viewers to a completed, unedited look
at Adnan Patrawala's Orkut scrapbook, even as MTV had
announced the social networking site as one of its style
icon award nominees. The same night, Zee News ran a
story on Crime Reporter, that detailed the plight
of a girl in the country's interior, who had been the
victim of MMSes of morphed images, thanks to pictures
she had posted on a
social network site.
when some of the news channels were expounding on the
easy familiarity with which youth access media to bare
their souls, strike friendships and court alliances
that could be potentially dangerous, other channels
like [V] continue to sport live chats in the later evening
hours, most of which is idle banter.
India too has been actively promoting its new site that
allows users to make friends, share info and build communities.
By late this week, Orkut even got the official stamp
of 'style icon' from none other than that ultimate youth
most channels will, sooner or later, climb the Net bandwagon
(a big revenue earner, needless to say), will there
be enough checks in place to ensure that TV doesn't
become a tool to further the nuisance value of the Net?
Finally, is it a good thing after all that our soap
makers don't even make a nodding reference to the extent
of Net influence on our lives, even when they are making
serials on 'youth centric' issues?
a Sonu, there a Sonu
it's confusing enough to have to watch music talent
hunts at almost the same time across channels. Now,
get ready to see the same celeb guests on rival channels!
Singer Sonu Nigam was on Indian Idol last week,
encouraging the finalists and mingling with the judges
(he was a judge on the previous Idol seasons,
remember?) Fine so far. Cut to Star Plus' Star Voice
of India. Same day, same time, Sonu turned up at
Gajendra Singh's set to cheer the participants (Nigam
was a host on Singh's Saregama in the long gone
days). Wassup, guys?
most movie and music channels merely make a song and
dance about Bollywood, there's one quiet show that keen
industry watchers must be logging on to religiously,
daily. That's Taran Adarsh's B Biz on etc, where
the analyst in his own sober way, takes viewers through
the Bollywood business of the day, offers his own take
and then even has an interview with one Bollywood personality
every day. Simple, straight talk and good, concise analyses.
A delight to watch in the times of over the top commentary
and over made up anchors.
- bitter dose
One's Dill Mil Gaye is just another soap, with
a hospital for a backdrop. Pretty faces and handsome
hunks make up most of the plot, and the resemblance
to its earlier version, Sanjivani, is pretty
thin. It's all about campus capers for these young interns
who, as the title suggests, are more interested in the
workings of their own hearts than that of the patients.
How long will it be till we make our own version of
potato tip - Star One's Ranvir and Vinay are doing
a hilarious take on Onam this week. The rest of TV programming
in the coming days will probably be syrupy with an overdose
of Raksha Bandhan festivities. Stay clear if you don't