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

October 25, 2007

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.