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Gaddafi gone, but his last moves still haunt

Muammar Gaddafi is dead.

But video clips, photographs of his capture followed by killing bring the disturbing images of his last moments alive. The debate looms large on whether it was required for broadcasters or publications to go over the board with their images and commentary?

This post though delayed by a day is no opinion but an attempt to understand if these images of a blood stained Gaddafi were required or not?

In a situation where the world was looking for whereabouts of the longest reigning dictator gone into hiding, proof was required.

But how much is too much is something that creates a difference of opinion.

A superb slide show in Huffington post ensured that the post isn’t irrelevant even as I write. Front pages of various newspapers worldwide are showcased to show how the news which indeed was the global lead story captured by newspapers.

Headlines varied, “No Mercy for Merciless Tyrant,” “With Gadafi gone, Libya Exhales,” “Don’t shoot,”…..straight ones to some like “That’s for Lockerbie, Yvonne Fletcher and IRA Semtex victims”, “Gadhafi’s Bloody End,” and variants.

To these the pictures add the sense of war or sensation or can’t say what. Some bloodstained face close-up, some with fighters gleefully being pictured with his dead corpse, some showing him being captured and later killed to other gruesome options.

There are others saner versions, soldiers jubilant, Libyans celebrating, archival picture of the colonel with words doing the talking.

The news itself was so powerful that words and pictures were mere add ons, so the question arises, was it required?

One can understand the websites and news channels arguing that apart from editorial lines it was also a case of competition and eyeballs.

In my limited understanding another reason would have been that if these guys wouldn’t have published, still these images and videos would have reached people within minutes via social media.

So was that also a consideration, that when something is already going to be out why not join the party.

Feel each one has its own reason, but for me the gruesome display of war took away sanctity of news and reporting, but may be I am still old-fashioned when it comes to news.

Replies most welcome and appreciated, for I would like to understand why such a reaction.

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Being social is not for media in Rajasthan

Newspapers and television inform us every day of what is happening around us, but are they well-informed?

With this line I might be treading a terrain full of landmines, for doing away with the unwritten rule “dog doesn’t bite dog.” Been in Jaipur for the past 36 hours, what is interesting to observe is that nothing much has changed and that most media outlets are doing a great job but well within their comfort zones.

The expulsion of Mahipal Maderna from state cabinet and the assumed or if I may say guessed implications are written endlessly, the possible cabinet restructuring is there, future of the government and image bashing and all are there, galore, but is there anything new?

Are those responsible of enlightening us themselves informed? Informed beyond the mundane ‘beats and departments’ they handle? The answer I would say is ‘no’ and if that is not the case then they aren’t informing us.

Let me come to the point. Last evening while on Twitter, I searched about Rajasthan and was amazed to see Bunker Roy talk at the TED.com being mentioned by people from Toronto, Bucharest and where not, but no mention in any of the media outlets. Why?

Is this not news that someone from the state is given a platform that the world looks up to? Most in state are ignorant. Is it not news worthy for the simple reason that those responsible for dishing out news are least aware of what is happening in the world and aren’t in sync with technologies, or simply that Bunker’s team did not send out the customary press note or gave a few courtesy calls?

I am sure those who are aware and want news would have browsed social media and enjoyed the talk that charmed over 46,300 viewers on http://www.TED.com, but this shows the apathy towards news and the lack of zeal to give people more.

Two things emerge out of this; first there is no chance that social media or global news stand in the not so tech savvy state or second, if harnessed the medium has the potential to inform people about many unknown stories and developments that they would be interested to know.

Planning a full-time online venture in this not so wired state, I am a believer in latter.

While Bunker a not so political person might have been given a miss by the media, its difficult to understand that when the chief minister of the state is on twitter and is getting responses from people across the border staying far away in Cambridge, even that is not reported.

Though @ashokgehlot51 has only tweeted on two days, that too obituaries, Pakistani human right activist @beenasawara sent a tweet thanking Gehlot for his appeal in getting Dr. Khaleel Chisty released.

While the CM messed on an opportunity to convert this potential tweet into a fan base, the media missed to inform people, who I feel have a right to know.

I feel that though both these aren’t Page one stories or require a big splash, but certainly a mention. May be this is where the niche of online journalism can chip in to fill the void.

Maybe for some it is wishful thinking, but for me this is certainly a great source of information, which anyways is consumed. So why not use it for better.

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May be this is why so many iSad for Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs in dead.

The news is a day old but Jobs is treading worldwide on twitter and I am sure on other social media.

The post comes as an afterthought of an article I read on firstpost. Steve Jobs and social media mourning: Why are we all so iSad?

A valid question, with no clear answer I presume.

From various quarters and on different mediums people are remembering Jobs and expressing. This is why the social grief.

Steve was among the greatest of American innovators says US president Barack Obama which everyone including firstpost publishes on front page whereas a non tech savvy Rajasthan chief minister @AshokGehlot51 also tweets Millions like me, will remember forever #SteveJobs as a legendary innovator who touched our lives. Long Live the ‘ i ‘ man.

While a David Dunkley Gyimah, an Apple Pro and senior lecturer at University of Westminster writes In Memory of Steve Jobs and Apple.

The three though not even representing the fraction of Jobs fans, followers and supporters of the iconic inventor get a medium via social medium to express their feelings for the man.

Even someone like me who has never used an apple product ever tweeted with #iSad for the news of Jobs demise did make me feel sad and #iSad merely for that you become a part of the community that mourns the man online.

The #iSad may well be a fad or following the herd but it also brings some amazing facts which aren’t published.

May be this is why a #iSad phenomenon.

Whatever be the reason, fact remains Jobs will always remain in the hearts of millions and Apple will be his legacy which would be difficult to replicate.

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