The Mad Mad Indian Media: Dhoni in the news for reasons other than cricket

What has gone wrong with us? I had a strong reaction to the Headline news segment earlier this month which started the madness surrounding Dhoni and Deepika Padukone. But it seems to be getting worse.

All major cable news channels, for the past two days, NDTV included, stooped down to levels lower than I have previously seen them careen towards. On TimesNow, Dhoni’s mane made for flash news; on NDTV there was a special segment yesterday and it was also featured on the sports segment today. This is just ridiculous. I don’t really care who Dhoni is dating or what his hairstyle is and why he changed it; neither do I care if Yuvraj is growing his nails long enough for sponsors to rent space on it.

I almost didn’t blog about this until I found some like minded people venting off about this in the BlogSphere. It is very heartening to see that there are some folks around who want news to be what it should be. Check out these people’s thoughts on this:

IdliDosa’s blog
Dazzledooey’s blog

I used to joke about the US media and about how bizarre it is that Britney Spears’ lip job or Angelina Jolie’s umpteenth adoption was making it to the headlines. The Indian media now, sadly, is not any different.

The analogy now stands thus:

Britney’s lip job: US Media :: Dhoni’s mane: Indian Media

Ok, rant over.

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6 Responses to The Mad Mad Indian Media: Dhoni in the news for reasons other than cricket

  1. Ottayan says:

    How else can the media fill up time or space?

  2. Soulberry says:

    India has long aped the ways of others. Seriously, it isn’t just about India; this appears to be a worldwide phenomenon. Frivollity is news.

    Another thing is, India haven’t had the climate and channels to speak freely of their stars. They are sure to run out of steam at some point. The lines of tabloid channels and speciality channels are still blurred.

  3. vmminerva says:

    Glad you stopped by, Soulberry. Great blog you have there. As for the Indian media, I hope they run out of the ‘ridiculous-dont-know-where-we-fit-into’ steam.

  4. Soulberry says:

    My pleasure. You have a wonderful blog too.

    By the way, the way things are, Dhoni could be the next test captain pretty soon…right after the Pakistan ODI series. Guess we’ll have to buckle up to some serious Dhoni on the tube.

  5. kvhurin says:

    he he he….right u are again Minerva. I’m from Ranchi so its even worse here…all newspapers’ headlines are :” DHONI GOES TO WATCH JOHN’S NO SMOKING”, “DHONI GOES TO DIWRI MANDIR FOR POOJA” ,dhoni this dhoni that…I bet even the stars get hacked off at these media people!

  6. vmminerva says:

    Ha! the thick of the action huh kvhurin? 🙂

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