MUMBAI AND THE NEWS CHAOS

Files under General | Nov 27th

What chaotic news coverage!

Inside and outside of India.

India must have a very healthy newspaper industry, but this doesn’t mean that the news coverage has been good.

Just go to any of the leading news Web sites to see that they don’t have any clue about what happened, what’s going on and what is going to happen next.

TV went wild with cameras recording the chaos but unable to give any real information about the who, what, when, where and why of the events.

So, the only way to have a real feeling of the tragedy is to read personal blogs.

The New York Times decided last night to request the help of eyewitnesses and started to publish links to the news and information that the traditional media couldn’t deliver.

Like this one:

India Uncut.

Or follow twitter/Mumbai.

There was an unconfirmed report that the Indian Government had urged Twitter users to not share specific on-the-scene information, and that the Government may be trying to block Twitter in India, or has asked Twitter to block Mumbai-related tweets.

Well, they can start blocking the TV cameras, too.

The newspapers right now are pure nonsense.

India is in a state of emergency, but the media is, too.

Our friends in India have a lot of work ahead if they want to make real journalism.



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