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The Art of Showing: Imagining Development in Indian Mediascape

  • Pranta Pratik Patnaik
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Abstract

Television is one of the influential medium due to its omnipresence in our living room and our daily engagement with it. Any discourse on development, therefore, must evaluate the role of televisual representation. It indicates the politics of representation involved in televisual texts related to developmental projects undertaken by the government. The pertinent question is how media sustains its representation on development? The answer lies in the fact that it is through the careful interplay of a cultural identity merged with the notion of development, which makes it possible for the idea of uneven development to sail through on television. Development is visualised as the emerging new and progressive identity that demarcates the boundary between ‘insider’ and ‘outsider’. Those who are in support of the developmental projects are included in the former while those opposing are included in the latter. Images are manufactured, stories get constructed, and news gets manipulated in the process of media production. There is a crisis in news reporting about development, which does not take into account the devastated livelihoods. It puts under scrutiny the alleged neutrality of television news, the relationship between media and democracy, and most importantly, the right to have a dignified life of the citizens.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pranta Pratik Patnaik
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  1. 1.Department of Culture and Media StudiesCentral University of RajasthanAjmerIndia

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