Whodunit…

 

A huge mug of coffee in my hand, and the newspaper sprawled in front of me… It was a luxury I was having after ages… To be honest, I can’t think of any period in my life when I have been so morosely busy that I couldn’t take time out for newspaper… But somehow, this highly prolific and imperative chore of daily life has managed to elude me for one reason or the other… It interests me when I am at it, but sadly neither before nor after…

 

While I was at my daily enjoying my brew, I had this nagging thought… I guess it was because I had slept watching The History Channel the night before, but I wanted to know how this whole newspaper culture came into being… I’ll call this thought a malicious one for it was enough to take me away from my current object of focus… so with guilt laden heart I bid adieu to the paper (yet again!) and set off to delve into this newfound query.

 

The Newspaper culture dates back to 59 BC and the credit goes to the one and only Julius Caesar. Acta Diurna they called it, meaning Daily Events. Err…the fact that my ancestors have been updating themselves since that long makes my inaccuracy a more acute one. But well, it’s (hopefully) long before I’ll see them and maybe by then I become a newspaper hound person too…

Coming back to Acta Diurna… Handwritten copies of the daily gazette were stuck at all the prominent places in Rome with the sole intention to inform the subjects of the latest official developments and proceedings. Had I been there in those days, I could have escaped saying I took the other way returning home and there was no Acta Diurna I came across ! But too bad we have it given door to door now…

Supreme Virtuoso that Caesar was, it is not surprising that his daily gazette of those days had the ingredients we find in the current versions too. I am talking of fillers. It had fillers in the form of horoscope column, the obituary column, the sports page et al…

All the news in those days were controlled by the autocracy. It is said that being a democracy our papers have now become liberal and are a reflection of the vox populi… I had read somewhere long back that democracy is the highest and most sinister form of autocracy. Since it was long back I don’t remember the arguments supporting the statement, but what I remember is that they had left me convinced that I was living in an autocratic setup. I don’t know if the papers voice the opinions of the people or mould them as per their convenience… true the whole fanfare is no longer controlled by the government, but its still in the hands of a handful who appear in the editorial columns of the dailies… A true democratic platform is supposed to be accessible to everybody equally… I guess that’s why the world has sat up to take notice of the Bloggers round the globe. Are we presaging something? Only time will tell…  

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2 thoughts on “Whodunit…

  1. Half of India has never read a blog. Half of India neither cares who’s running the country nor understands the meaning of democracy. We can only hope its the same half.

  2. @Glenn
    The stats are too complex to be put so plainly…
    Half the bloggers care, half of those who dont blog or are unaware of their existence care, and about 85% of the population cares but never realises that it does…
    the picture isnt all that dark, but then again to say tht it is all bright and shining would be a bold statement to make…
    Let’s see what becomes of it…

    @i_i
    LOLZZZ!!!
    A Barkha Dutt!
    We know what the woman is made of, but i take it as a complement nondaless…
    and as for ur Authentic Russian…
    u have a Vodka in one hand…My PIP toh has God only knows what what!
    seems like im the only one feeding on Coffee…!
    abey am i d only NON BEWDI left in the entire cosmos?!!
    Reminds me of the song…
    Lonely… I’m so Lonely…I have nobody… I’m on my own!
    LOLZ! 😀

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