Daily Archives: 23 July 2009

“TV channels stump particle/ astrophysicists”




The game of up-onemanship—yes, you read that right, up-onemanship—between Indian television stations on who is behind them, and at what micro-second of the day, has become a bit of a joke.

Many have caught it, of course, but only GAUTAMA P. has been smart enough to decide to do something about it.

On the newly launched Noise of India (mission statement: “putting the mock back in democracy”), Gautama skewers all, spares none.

The TRP-trippers get preferred treatment:

Bangalore: Senior scientists at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, have expressed alarm at the uncontrolled proliferation of TV channels claiming maximum viewership.

Scientists at the IISc are like, WTF. They point out that in any given universe, one and only one TV channel can be the most viewed at standard temperature and pressure.

Malayalee particle physicist Prof. Unnikrishnan has blamed this anomaly on the wave-particle duality of electrons, due to which a single electron can seem to be at two different places at the same time….

Bengali astrophysicists Prof. Bose and Dr. Ghose have ridiculed Prof. Unni’s theory, saying that it begins with an anomaly and ends up with an anomalayalee. Bose and Ghose claim that it is a mistake to think that we live in a single universe with multiple TV channels.

According to them, each TV channel is a full-fledged parallel universe with its own set of laws and award ceremonies. The viewers exist in remote zones from where they use their remotes to switch between the TV universes. Naturally, each TV channel enjoys total viewership within its own universe, just like DD continues to, with Krishi Darshan.

When reached for comment, Unni refuted the Bengali theory, saying that two Bongs don’t make a right.

Visit the site: Noise of India

Also read: Never let facts come in the way of a good story

Do papers, magazines have nothing to claim?


Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach?

indian express

A number of Indian media houses have set up media schools over the years, partly to give something back to the profession, partly because they think existing journalism schools do not turn out recruitment-ready products, but largely to ensure a steady inflow of journalists at a time of heightened competition when everybody is poaching.

The Times of India set up the Times School of Journalism in Delhi, closed it, and then reopened it in Bombay as the Times School of Media Studies. The Indian Express started the Asian College of Journalism in Bangalore which moved to Madras when The Hindu took over.  The Malayala Manorama group opened the Manorama School of Communication. The Pioneer has the Pioneer Media School. And so on.

Into this crowded space, the northern faction of the Indian Express group has bounced into the academic space by launching the Express Institute of Media Studies.

Visit the website: www.indianexpress.com/exims