Sunday, July 06, 2008

Covert advertising

It first started with full page advertisements on the front-page. There was a huge outcry from the readers and an initial debate with the Reader's editor. The ombudsman decried the move, saying such capitalism was against chindu's principles and that it wont be repeated again. Then the ads came again. The ombudsman justified it as adapting to changing realities. While continuing to preach communism to the masses, chindu embraces capitalism fully. And now, we have covert advertisements in the form of news. The game itself is pathetic and nothing to write about.

The Hindu : National : Price rise? IT’s a balancing act!
The nation’s pioneering Indian language Net portal has just uploaded a new game that puts players in the Prime Minister’s chair, letting them try and try and perform a delicate balancing act to keep a grip on the cost of food, clothing, cooking gas, etc.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

It is a good development if this lunatic leftwing newspaper bows to the loathsome "market forces". That's like Islamic fundamentalists yielding to the pressures of modernization by sending their children to secular schools instead of Madrasas.

Anonymous said...

Apart from bowing marker forces, this is also fooling its readers -- providing ads as news items! This is surely not a "news". If it was one, they wouldn't have to mention the URL explicitly! Even when they quote news reports from other newspapers/tv channels, they typically only mention "one of the leading newspaper/channel"-- not the name of the newspaper/channel explicitly. Here mention of the name of the portal and its URL shows this is clearly an advertisment -- fooling readers.

And what is that illustration: "special arrangement" i wonder !
The whole thing appears to be a "special arrangement" to fool readers and make money!

Rehtnap Ragneyi said...

It is not an advertisement.
It is a News.
You seem not to be very very well studied my dearest. Or total biased case.
To not know the difference between the 2.
What a joke of a post.
Do not repeat.

Anonymous said...

The mystery of the dead hens.

Looks like Chindu fell for a hoax in its eagerness to blow the trumpet on behalf of the TN comrades.

A few months ago, Chindu made a lot of fuss about an expose of a Berlin-type electrified wall in deep south, dividing the Dalits and "caste Hindus".

Now let us hear the so-called Readers' Editor:

"The reporter and photographer visited the village following reports of communal tension (the village has a long history of it, the wall being its evidence) during a temple festival on April 10. They were taken by Dalits to three spots where they alleged electrification was done at night using iron rods, to prevent Dalit attempts to cross over. They were also shown dead hens electrocuted, the residents said, when they came in contact with the wall.

Following the publication of the news in The Hindu, the wires were removed to the other side of the street, the reporter said.

There was only one deficiency in the story. The reporter had gone by what he had been told; he did not witness the electrification. The published version should have made it clear that it was an allegation made by the residents."

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Notwithstanding this self-confession, it won't be a surprise if Chindu has already been nominated for some dubious journalism award.

The views of both the aggrieved parties were extensively reported in "Thuglak" (indirectly quoted by the Readers' Editor) a few months ago. We were informed that the "caste Hindus" are extremely agitated and angry towards Chindu and CPM because of the one-sided coverage. These people have declared that they would teach the commies a fitting lesson.

Anonymous said...

The mystery of the dead hens.

Looks like Chindu fell for a hoax in its eagerness to blow the trumpet on behalf of the TN comrades.

A few months ago, Chindu made a lot of fuss about an expose of a Berlin-type electrified wall in deep south, dividing the Dalits and "caste Hindus".

Now let us hear the so-called Readers' Editor:
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http://www.hindu.com/2008/07/07/stories/2008070755411100.htm

"The reporter and photographer visited the village following reports of communal tension (the village has a long history of it, the wall being its evidence) during a temple festival on April 10. They were taken by Dalits to three spots where they alleged electrification was done at night using iron rods, to prevent Dalit attempts to cross over. They were also shown dead hens electrocuted, the residents said, when they came in contact with the wall.

Following the publication of the news in The Hindu, the wires were removed to the other side of the street, the reporter said.

There was only one deficiency in the story. The reporter had gone by what he had been told; he did not witness the electrification. The published version should have made it clear that it was an allegation made by the residents."

--------------------------

Notwithstanding this self-confession, it won't be a surprise if Chindu has already been nominated for some dubious journalism award.

The views of both the aggrieved parties were extensively reported in "Thuglak" (indirectly quoted by the Readers' Editor) a few months ago. We were informed that the "caste Hindus" are extremely agitated and angry towards Chindu and CPM because of the one-sided coverage. These people have declared that they would teach the commies a fitting lesson.

ragneyi said...

and what is your point mr anonymous? that the wall never hapened? I have seen the PHOTOS of it.

Anonymous said...

Good that you could see PHOTOS, Mr. Iyengar. But, too bad that you can not read.

Make another try and you will find that Mr. Reader' Editor himself expressing his skepticism about hens getting electrocuted, when they came in contact "with the wall" because the reporter had gone by what he had been told and did not witness the electrification.