#TEMM (The En Masse Media, January 06, 2018):
Are you looking at a small screen now? Do you like following news ‘stories’ and soap operas? Why are the processes of media production always getting homogenized? Is the content often ‘more of the same’ – why? Is media a creature of the market? Are humans innately in the narrative mode both for communicating and sense-making? ‘Or’, do we now increasingly take in the world impressionistically? What does individuation of choices lead to? When do individuals make ‘good’ choices? Isn’t wholesome entertainment great? Can media be used to consciously produce social change and potentialities? Must social messages be entertaining? Is free press possible, & where? Is information truly an equalizer? What circulates, & what is excluded? ‘What’ & how does/might digital media disrupt? Does media innovation always change social order? Does digitization have revolutionary ‘potential’? What is the future of meta narratives and narrators (authors)? Is the media of the future likely to be more real? What is the ultimate constraint? Is the future robust? Will it allow us to sequester ourselves (if one does not want to belong to the mainstream)? Now, what happens next? SynTalk thinks about these & more questions using concepts from journalism (Shashi Kumar, Asian College of Journalism, Chennai), & communication (Prof. Arvind Singhal, The University of Texas at El Paso, Texas).
SynTalk is pleased and privileged to have hosted the following SynTalkrs (in alphabetical order) on its #TEMM show.
Sashi Kumar (journalism) is a media personality & the founder of Asianet, India’s first regional satellite TV channel. He is currently the Chairman of Asian College of Journalism (ACJ), Chennai. He also founded and chairs the Media Development Foundation, the not-for-profit public trust which set up and runs ACJ. He has worked at The Hindu (& its sister publication, Frontline) in 1980s as the West Asia correspondent. He opened the West Asia bureau of the publication in Bahrain and travelled extensively in the region covering the Iran-Iraq conflict, West Asian (or Middle East) politics, the Palestinian liberation struggle, the status of Indian labour in the gulf states and the developments in the GCC states (Gulf Cooperation Council). He completed his graduation from Loyola College, Chennai, and went to do his post graduation in history from Madras Christian College, Chennai. Sashi Kumar started his career in Doordarshan as a newsreader and producer. Later he worked in PTI-TV (Press Trust of India Television) as chief producer and general manager of PTI. He authored and presented independent programs on economy, politics and culture on Indian television like ‘Money Matters’, ‘Tana Bana’ and ‘Jan Manch’. After quitting PTI, he launched Asianet, in late 1992. Telecasting in Malayalam, the channel was targeted at Kerala and the large diaspora of Malayalees in the rest of India and the Gulf states. Sashi Kumar also scripted and directed the hindi film ‘Kaya Taran’ (2004) based on the short story ‘Vanmarangal Veezhumbol’ (When Big Trees Fall) by writer N.S Madhavan. The film won him the G. Aravindan Award (instituted by the Chalachitra Film Society, Kerala), as the best debut filmmaker of 2004. He acted in Malayalam movies, ‘Iniyum Marichittillatha Nammal’, ‘Balyakalasakhi’, ‘Loudspeaker’, ‘Ennu Ninte Moideen’ and ‘Love 24×7’. He has also been awarded the Viayaraghavan Memorial Award for his contribution to journalism (2007).
Prof. Arvind Singhal (communication) is the Samuel Shirley and Edna Holt Marston Endowed Professor of Communication and Director of the Social Justice Initiative at The University of Texas at El Paso, USA. He is also appointed, since 2010, as the William J. Clinton Distinguished Fellow at the Clinton School of Public Service, Little Rock, Arkansas (USA), and since 2015, Distinguished Professor 2, Faculty of Business Administration, Inland University of Applied Sciences, Norway. His research interests areas are the diffusion of innovations, the positive deviance approach, organizing for social change, the entertainment-education strategy, and liberating interactional structures. His outreach spans public health, education, human rights, poverty alleviation, sustainable development, civic participation, democracy and governance, and corporate citizenship. He completed his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Delhi (1983). He then completed his M.A. in Radio-TV-Film from Bowling Green State University (Ohio, 1985), & M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication Theory and Research from Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California (Los Angeles, 1989-1990). He has taught previously at multiple universities, such as, Ohio University, University of Southern California, & Kumamoto University (Japan). Prof. Singhal is co-author or editor of 14 books, and some of his recently published books include, ‘Inspiring Change and Saving Lives: The Positive Deviance Way (2014)’, ‘Health Communication in the 21st Century (2014)’, & ‘Inviting Everyone: Healing Healthcare through Positive Deviance (2010)’. In addition, he has authored some 180 peer-reviewed essays in journals such as the Journal of Communication, Management Communication Quarterly, and Journal of Health Communication. He has received multiple awards, including, the Elizabeth Andersch 2014 Award by the Scripps College of Communication (Ohio University), & Fulbright Hays Scholarship (Slovakia, 2012).
Note: Any & all errors in the brief profiles above are SynTalk’s own.
#TEMM mentions: Johannes Gutenberg, Charles Dickens, G. K. Chesterton, Joseph Goebbels, Arthur Miller, James Joyce, & John D. Niles, among others.