CBCS8: Reading the Film – an example

Karnataka Bundh! The government bus operators are protesting against the low salaries. Today (26/7) is the second day of their “indefinite strike”. But we will have classes anyway! In the meantime, my good students get a much-deserved break! (:-

To add to the fun of holidays, here is something which you will like – a tiny (6 minutes-long) BBC documentary on drug consumption, and a reading to analyse it.

You could view this first:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olDkr8q1_78&index=4&list=PLO3AQQ-6lK8Mk5dGKNNXe2UrRLoOkl6oL

Then read the very short reading (email-attachment) on this film –

2. Unless you watch the film first, the reading may not make much sense.

This is one type of “reading” in film studies. You could use it gainfully in your Indian cinema, too.

Please sound everyone of your class on this.

The rise of ‘selfie journalism’ in India: Using Snapchat for digital storytelling

Yusuf Omar speaks to IBTimes UK about using Snapchat to report on sexual abuse and undercover drug searches.

  • July 16, 2016

  • “It’s about experimenting with every platform and not taking them at face value. If you take Snapchat at face value, it’s for teenagers sharing nudies. You’ve got to look beyond that, you’ve got to look at how you can apply that technology for journalistic storytelling.”

    These are the words of 27-year-old journalist Yusuf Omar. On 14 July, his work went viral after he used Snapchat to interview survivors of sexual abuse through a powerful and unique technique – Snapchat filters. The filters allowed the women to shield their identities and tell their stories for….

  • http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/rise-selfie-journalism-india-using-snapchat-digital-storytelling-1570898

CBCS 6: food for thought

Ghatashraddha by Girish Kasaravalli.

After watching the film, you would benefit much to read the articles suggested to you earlier. They will inform our discussions as well our understanding. Your email will give you more details. To begin with, here is provoking you:

Caste: how does Ghatashraddha make a case of equalities/ casteism in Indian society?

Sex & Sexuality: Examine the depiction of paedophilia/ sexual abuse in Ghatashraddha

Discuss the representation of women in Ghatashraddha.

Religion: Ghatashraddha is an attempt at deconstructing religion.

What does the film say – its visuals, audio-design and all those pro-filmic elements? In them, find support for your arguments.

Is it original? An editor’s guide to identifying plagiarism

ByBenjamin Mullin • September 16, 2014

If you’re reading this, it happened again. Right now, an editor may be about to issue an apology or a stern rebuttal. Someone’s reputation and body of work is being scrutinized. And a gaggle of self-appointed fact-checkers may be plugging sentence after sentence into Google for any traces of dishonesty. If you’re reading this, a journalist has been accused of what Poynter’s Roy Peter Clark calls “the unoriginal sin”: plagiarism.

Plagiarism is a serious charge. If true, it has the potential to upend a career and mar a journalist’s reputation for life. And yet, in today’s world of aggregated news, plagiarism is an imprecise word that stands for a spectrum of offenses related to unoriginal work. And its severity (click the link for more: http://www.poynter.org/2014/is-it-original-an-editors-guide-to-identifying-plagiarism/269273/


Pak Internet Star Qandeel Baloch Strangled By Brother In ‘Honour Killing’

Internet and social media are democratic media in the hands of the grassroots. That is what they say. There is much enthusiasm about it in certain circles. But is it true? How democratic is it? In India, right wing blind bhakts behave as if they exist only to troll anyone not toying their line,

Our neighbours seem to compete with our right wing troll-army – the other day, Bangladeshi blinds killed a social media journalist.

And now, much more distressing news from Pakistan – the social media star Quandeel Baloch is strangled to death -seemingly- by her own brother, after receiving many misogynist and death threats!

Pak Internet Star Qandeel Baloch Strangled By Brother In ‘Honour Killing’

Pak Internet Star Qandeel Baloch Strangled By Brother In 'Honour Killing'

Qandeel Baloch’s raunchy social media photos challenged social norms in Pakistan.



  1. Qandeel Baloch allegedly killed by brother in suspected ‘honour killing’
  2. Baloch’s social media posts flared controversy in conservative Pakistan
  3. Police were now looking for her brother Waseem who is on the run

Qandeel Baloch, a social media star whose exploits divided opinion in conservative Pakistan, was allegedly strangled by her brother in what appears to be an “honour killing”, police and her family said on Saturday.

Baloch’s raunchy social media photos challenged social norms in Pakistan, a deeply traditional Muslim country where women are often repressed by their family or the community. Her killing shocked the South Asian country.

Baloch received multiple death threats and suffered frequent misogynist abuse, but continued posting provocative pictures and videos. In Facebook posts, she spoke of trying to change “the typical orthodox mindset” of people in Pakistan.

Punjab Police spokeswoman Nabeela Ghazanfar told Reuters Baloch, real name Fauzia …


10 Crazy WhatsApp Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

Gadgets 360 Staff , 13 July 2016

10 Crazy WhatsApp Facts You Probably Didn't Know


  • WhastApp’s co-founders were rejected by both Facebook and Twitter
  • The Android app clocked 1 billion downloads with just 5 people
  • You can see when your messages were read

WhatsApp, the messaging platform that cost Facebook $19 billion dollars when it was acquired back in 2014, remains the most-used IM service with its parent’s own platform – Messenger – following suit. And while you (probably) use it every day, there might still be some things that you don’t know about its operations or what you can do inside the app. Here are ten things you likely don’t know about WhatsApp:

1. 1 billion downloads with 5 people
The messaging service hit the 1 billion downloads mark on Android back in March last year, and WhatsApp co-founder and CEO Jan Koum posted in response that the team working on the Android version was just five people in total.

2. The company’s co-founders were rejected by Facebook and Twitter
Both Jan Koum and Brian Acton – who earlier worked together at Yahoo – were rejected by Facebook and Twitter in interviews, before they went full-time with WhatsApp. Imagine how different the world would be if even one of those interviews had gone better.

3. You can use WhatsApp to compress images and videos
Sure you could use a dedicated photo editing app to do that, but this works great for a quick fix if you don’t mind the drop in quality. Send the set of pictures and video files to one of your friends (or yourself) via WhatsApp, and then head over to the WhatsApp Media folder on Android or your Camera… [there’s more]


Prannoy Roy’s Analysis Of TV News In India – And What To Look Out For

CBCS 5: Charulata (1964)

Satyajit Ray’s masterpiece, with Charulata occupying the centrestage.

Watch it in advance for Saturday’s class discussion. Graded.

Before viewing the film, this could help us focus our attention:



After viewing the film, you could read these two articles to help you make an arguement.

Cooper, Darius. 2010 (online). The Indian Woman in the Bengali Hindu Dollhouse: Satyajit Ray’s Charulata (1964), Women’s Studies: An inter-disciplinary journal 25:2 (1996). DOI:10.1080/00497878.1996.9979103.


Anon. n.d. Filmi Sufi. “Charulata” – Satyajit Ray (1964)

Both the articles are mailed to your class ID, as well as to Mark.

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