Monday, June 22, 2009

The ‘folk devils’ armed with mobiles

Books 2 Byte
Living the Information Society in Asia
Erwin Alampay
( http://www.idrc.ca/)

Moral tone on mobile

Sample these news headlines from the vernacular media: ‘Cell phone revolution: Satan in palm. Tragedy caused by cell phone. Seller of cell phone memory cards with obscene pictures arrested. TADA for jeans… POTA for cell phone! The plight of colleges under excessive controls.’ Citing these shrill voices, Gopalan Ravindran observes that the Indian news channels miss no opportunity to blow the moral panic whistle with regard to their coverage of new media in Living the Information Society in Asia, edited by Erwin Alampay.

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