This book makes a new and significant argument that Indian news media are no longer just observers but active participants in the events that direct the nation. It explores the changing role and performance of Indian news media in the past 25 years by examining their coverage of some of the landmark events and issues within the context of the India's ‘globalising’ polity, increased privatisation, new communication technologies and the rise of individualism.
The challenges of globalisation have resulted in significant changes in news processes and procedures, which this volume details by scrutinising the media's reportage of several events and issues, such as anti-graft movement, paid news, sting journalism, 24-hour news and coverage of terrorism and politics—media nexus. The theoretical exploration of the changes in the Indian media landscape draws from academic disciplines of media studies, journalism, cultural studies, political science and sociology.
Chapter 7: The Mediated Nation in the Age of Globalisation
The Mediated Nation in the Age of Globalisation
Benedict Anderson in his seminal work described ‘nations’ as ‘imagined communities’ and attributed a significant role to media in fostering that imagination (1983). The ways in which media foster common identities and lead to common destinies have been only too evident in the 21st century nationalisms that have witnessed some of the bloodiest wars and struggles for self-governance and independence.1 The ways in which the nation reproduces itself in the everyday and the mundane have led to fascinating insights into media construction of images and perpetuation (Billig 1995). Notwithstanding Partha Chatterjee's assertion that Indian nationalism is historically specific and not modular as Anderson theorises, the evolution of the print ...