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    ...If Frank Kafka were to write The Trial today, he may have changed the story of Joseph K. to that of Hadiya where the personal and political are conflated in a manner that defies precise definition. The Trail remains a classic because it explained some difficult human conditions: vulnerability, power of the state apparatus, and, above all, the huge gap between law and justice. Reporting the Hadiya episode requires a sensitivity that should not undermine individual liberty, even unintentionally. Various challenges The mails we received prove the challenges in covering this ongoing story, starting from how to name the petitioner. G. Diwakar felt that it was wrong to use “alias” in Hadiya stories. He took exception to the introduction, “Kerala girl Hadiya, alias Akhila Asokan...,” (“Hadiya speaks to parents,” Dec. 1). ...

    The Hindu on Dec. 11, 2017, 1 a.m.

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    ...But those who are able to see beyond the usual binaries of new media and old media, and digital and analog, are worried about the growing power of carriers at the cost of content-producing organisations. I am of the firm opinion that content is an inadequate term to explain a newspaper and its role in a democracy. Return of the Net neutrality debate The reason for revisiting this vexatious topic is that we may not have the Internet as we know it after December 14, 2017. The vote on the draft order of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman, Ajit Pai, which completely eradicates Net neutrality, will take place on that date, and it looks like the Republican Chairman may have his way with the voting. When a tragedy of immense proportion is unfolding, it is literature that provides clues and means to deal with it. ...

    The Hindu on Nov. 26, 2017, 11:03 p.m.

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    ...“It goes without saying that when computers are making decisions, a lot can go wrong,” she warns. I have drawn from her work to explain some of the crisis created by Silicon Valley companies in the information ecology. Case of the missing handle What used to be a distant and academic concern hit home last week when Alt News, a fact-checking website, stumbled upon a startling discovery: tweets from The Hindu were not appearing in Twitter’s search results. It said that although the @the_hindu handle was active on Twitter, search results for its tweets drew a blank. ...

    The Hindu on Nov. 20, 2017, 12:32 a.m.

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    ...His offence was creating and posting a cartoon that was an “obscene” portrayal of the Chief Minister and other officials. There were reports in this newspaper about the arrest and the subsequent bail given to the cartoonist. However, some readers, who felt that the cartoon in question was objectionable, said that the newspaper failed to evaluate the quality of the cartoon but chose to report the statements issued in Mr. Bala’s favour in the name of freedom of expression. Spotlight on the cartoon The readers are conflating two different issues here: the quality of the cartoon and the action of the state. With reference to Mr. Bala’s cartoon and his subsequent arrest, my opinion is unequivocal: his cartoon is immature, but that does not warrant an arrest. Before looking at the standard of Mr. Bala’s cartoon, it is important to realise the futility of the high-handed action. ...

    The Hindu on Nov. 13, 2017, 12:15 a.m.

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    ...During a recent conference of news ombudsmen in Chennai, Rasmus Nielsen, the University of Oxford’s first professor of political communication and the director of research at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, focussed on this. He shared a question posed by one of the respondents to his research that captures the catch-22 situation facing almost everyone today: “There’s that thing about reputation, isn’t it? It takes forever to build and a second to lose.” He spoke about the growing “generalised scepticism” where people conflate their lack of trust in politicians with the news organisations that report politicians. Decline in trust Media scholars Claire Wardle and Hossein Derakhshan have come out with a study that looks closely at our reverse metamorphosis from information order to disinformation reality. ...

    The Hindu on Nov. 6, 2017, 1:43 a.m.

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    ...During a recent conference of news ombudsmen in Chennai, Rasmus Nielsen, the University of Oxford’s first professor of political communication and the director of research at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, focussed on this. He shared a question posed by one of the respondents to his research that captures the catch-22 situation facing almost everyone today: “There’s that thing about reputation, isn’t it? It takes forever to build and a second to lose.” He spoke about the growing “generalised scepticism” where people conflate their lack of trust in politicians with the news organisations that report politicians. Decline in trust Media scholars Claire Wardle and Hossein Derakhshan have come out with a study that looks closely at our reverse metamorphosis from information order to disinformation reality. ...

    The Hindu on Nov. 6, 2017, 12:26 a.m.

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    ...The report was a touching one. It was about a young teacher who was allegedly beaten by a mob in south Delhi for urinating next to a garbage dump on the street near his brother’s rented accommodation. It was about the vulnerability of visitors in major metros and their difficulties. ...

    The Hindu on Oct. 30, 2017, 8:52 a.m.

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    ...The report was a touching one. It was about a young teacher who was allegedly beaten by a mob in south Delhi for urinating next to a garbage dump on the street near his brother’s rented accommodation. It was about the vulnerability of visitors in major metros and their difficulties. ...

    The Hindu on Oct. 30, 2017, 12:22 a.m.