Wednesday, May 10, 2006

A MISUNDERSTOOD GENERATION

After reading the hindu in chennai (which if i may say is a really good paper with impeccable language and content) it was quite a shock for me when i started reading the Times of India..i mean u have stuff like "Naomi Campbells's dress plays peekaboo at a recent fashion show" right below the heading "TIMES OF INDIA" on the first page..and its not just a rare occasion..everyday the Times makes it a point to put up some really cheap article as its headlines...once there was a headline which said "Kylie Minogue shows her middle finger at reporters" and one more "Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes to sell pictures of their baby for 1 million dollars"... i mean do we really need to know such stuff..and the best part is that these items occupy hardly ten lines on the left corner of the 13th page..seriously the times has to come up with some other strategy to attract readers.
Now for the part which really shocked me..when i expresed my revulsion towards such articles in the times to my mom she says "well the Times caters to readers like u doesnt it?? you enjoy such articles and i m sure it is the piece of news you read first..youngsters like u enjoy page3 articles and he has got a newspaper to sell..and he is willing to use any strategy"...well i will not be a hypocrite..yes i do read news items like that..but that is not the first thing i read...i mean y would i read something on the left corner of the thirteenth page which only mildly interests me..the first thing i read is the sports page and then i got to the sudoku and then read the rest of the paper..but i was just thinking about the way my parents and scores of other parents feel about youngsters like us..my mother thinks i m so enamored by celebrities and their lives that the only thing i read when i get my hands on the newspaper are page 3 articles and no amount of my explaining my stand had any effect on her...
Makes me think that we are a really misunderstood generation sometimes...:(:(

8 comments:

Srikanth said...

U hit the nail on head, good title...they always feel gen-x is like this & if we do good things,the same newspapers tell "gen-x has 'ALSO' got the spirit to be sensible/responsible", as though generally we are irresponsible all the time

Sheks said...

Times of India is never read to gain knowledge.Ask any person in the 18-25 age group in a city like bangalore and he/she'll agree with u.

R@hul said...
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R@hul said...

Hmm... there are 3 important points to note........
1 This is a large readership for papers like TOI or DC
2 The Hindu is a bland paper which is totally devoid of colour and I dont mean just visually.
3 Movies have an impact not only on adolescents/teenagers/whatever but also on their parents.
The bearing that these 3 observations have on your post is explained below.
Parents are presented with a sordid image of teenagers-of-today in movies which they are partially led to believe coz their kids rarely discuss their activities with them. And then, in case you didn't know, there is a large section of the population whose lives suffer of a deficiency of action that they turn to the lives of actors and actresses for it. And finally, TOI is seen by many as a more human paper, which reflects the moods, emotions and opinions of the people than as a NEWSpaper. So there you have it.

And before you jump to any conclusions, this is a purely impersonal objective analysis and it in no way reflects what opinions I have about newspapers or generation gap.

Frankly, I have nothing against TOI but I truly, with my entire heart loath DC whose today's headline by the way...is something about naked monks....!!!!!

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Ragesh said...

To tell it in short, You are right Revs, both about the newspapers,(I really think The H!ndu is a class apart compared to many others esp D(. ). And yes, of course, I don't know if it is due to rigid beliefs, communication gap, envy or whatever that our gen is being misunderstood.