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Illusions of Empowerment: Television News and Assamese Identity

Batabyal, Somnath (2015) 'Illusions of Empowerment: Television News and Assamese Identity.' Television & New Media. , 16 (4). pp. 361-369.

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Abstract

This article examines the phenomenon of political talk shows during elections in geographically and politically marginal areas. Using the 2014 elections in India as a case study and focusing on Assam, the article examines how a television economy that includes poorly trained and ill-paid journalists, unscrupulous owners, and the stigma of paid news have used the format of “live television” as means of “representing” rural audiences. The “spectacle” of such shows has pushed television ratings up while trivializing democratic debate.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: television, elections, India, Assam, identity
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Interdisciplinary Studies > Centre for Global Media and Communications
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Centre for Media Studies
ISSN: 15274764
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DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1177/1527476415573955
Depositing User: Somnath Batabyal
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2016 07:47
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/22735

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