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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Is this a PORN magazine?

Don't be so surprised at the title of the blog, this was the question asked to me by a bystander while i was buying a Malayalam Edition of India's premier magazine 'India Today'when i went to Bhuvaneshwar last sunday. It happened when i was buying this issue :)


Hope now u know why someone who doesn't know Malayalam would comment like this when he goes just by the cover picture. Well what more to say, the magazine tells about the way SKIN(or rather SEX) sells in the film industry, and i guess that's the bottomline when it comes to selling the magazine as well.

I've always been a big-time reader of India Today. For the last 10 years or so, i've not missed a single issue. It's only after i've come to Orissa that i've given up on that habit and moved onto Outlook and Frontline. The reason being that India Today has turned more into the skin show kinda magazine that i never expected it to be. Off late there are more number of SEX Survey's that alarmingly say that the Indian youth is going down the drain and all. Being part of the YOUTH brigage it deeply hurts when such a post comes in a respectable magazine. The most recent survey i got my hands on told that 60% of all girls in the age group of 18-25 DRINK alcohol in INDIA. I wonder who supplies them with these figures. It's these figures that've always made me believe in the saying i once heard in a GD practise session "78.92% of all statistics are made on-the-spot"

How true!

PS: This isn't a post to escape the long gap for not blogging, i'd love to tell that i'm busy with work and all that yada-yada, but then the fact is that. My workplace hasn't been that liberal with internet usage off late :)

10 comments:

Hari said...

I've been a regular reader of India today for quite a LONG time too... But the fact remains that poron-ification of magazines remains a direct result of public demand. Changing cultures perhaps, but porn is in the living room today! I have to go unto great lengths hiding the sex-survey India Today editions for fear of parents' wrath!!

But it's compulsive reading for voyeurs like you and me, nevertheless! :D

~==[[[ Abhi ]]]==~ said...

Voyeur and me? :O :O :O :O :O :O :O :O :O :O, you are givine me more shocks than i had when that guy asked me "Is this a SEX magazine" in Bhuvaneshwar station!

Ente pennu kelkenda, she'd kick ur butt! Ente vaka kicking will start on June 16th :), Be Prepared

Hari said...

Eh? :-o

I better run for my life!!

*Back to the topic:

How 'bout "The Week"? It catches up with India Today by it's standards. It's not just India Today, chetta... It's a trans-national phenomenon!

Abhijith said...

This isn't the case with just India Today .. Almost all the magazines these days have moved over to sexuality to earn their bread . As Hari said , they provide what the customer seems to want .That is the exact reason why a TV channel like Headlines Today exists today ?? Nonstop bakwaas .. No real news at all ..

PS:One magazine that hasn't stooped to such standards is Reader's Digest .. But then, its not a current affairs mag..

Hari Vishnu said...

same thing happened to me!!!

actually someone asked me what cheap sort of magazine i was reading.. then she saw that it was india today and was shocked!

this issue especially had porn written all over it.

and yes,, there are too many surveys lately about indian youth ad sex preferences and all.. no doubt nothing sells better than sex, even for a big name such as india today..

ഞാന്‍ said...

you are spammed.... chey... tagged

Girl With Big Eyes said...

Not much surprised. This movement had slowly begun 3-4 years ago when these popular magazines started their surveys so that they could come up with shocking headlines about teen drinking behaviour, promiscuousness, pre-marital sex and what not?

I was part of Media Cell in IIMK and there was an incident where by we were face to face with a magazine's editor for printing bulls***. It finally emerged that most of the figures you see in the survey are fabricated. They just make it up!

And another thing - their sample sizes are like 30-40 :)
And they just interpolate the results to the entire population in the country to bring out headlines like
"80% of women between 20-30 years old admitted to having sex with the milkman"
The 80% would have been one crazy woman in their sample!

~==[[[ Abhi ]]]==~ said...

@ Hari - I'd say that not everyone wants to read this pornification of news. I'd say that this PHENOMENON will destroy good journalism forever.

@ Abhijith - Well if we talk about the television channels it'll be a long night. :)

@ Hari Vishnu - I'd say "Join the club" :)

@ Njaan - Will look up at the tag asap. Net access is a real pain the @$$ here.

@ GWBE - Now that's what i'd call an MBA's answer. I'd say that this is a bad precedence. Nice piece of info. :)

Viajero said...

Must be a direct fallout of greater freedom of expression of media, with a large number of self indulgent not so curious contributing for its mass appeal....

Even if its not a special issue of a survey, many of them have a last page feature of semi clad ladies. and to see that last page most of my frnds would pull out the magazine from my hands excusn for a min to update their last page knowledge :D

~==[[[ Abhi ]]]==~ said...

@ Viajero- To think tht ths is th situation now, i fear what'll be th condition when we'll be having kids and thy'll be reading this kinda stuff. I still remember getting a bad round of BEATING from dad when he saw me watching a particular scene in th movie Titanic way back when i was in 8th std :) . Compared to the porn burgeoning outta the tv channels n magazines these days that SCENE is nothing. God help the future of India. :(