Modern Media in India

In the face of the appalling terror attacks in Mumbai, the Indian blogosphere has been lighting up with reactions.

It used to be that like politics, all news was local. Journalists even had a macabre joke about the newsworthiness of a tragedy based on a ratio of distance to human lives – one dead person in your town was equal to ten in New York City, which was equal to two dozen in California or a thousand halfway around the world.

That’s still true to a degree, but now we can communication with those people halfway around the world is as easy – if not easier – as with our neighbors. Thanks to online media, we can see the real human element to this tragedy beyond the images on our TVs.

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