ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Media as Echo Chamber: Cluttering the Public Discourse on Corruption

In its approach to Anna Hazare's 13-day long protest fast, the media again made itself part of the story. Missing in the frenzy was any effort to arrive at an understanding of what "corruption" meant to the people joining the protest. Also lacking was a sense of tolerance for alternative views on a complex social phenomenon. Far from reflecting the complex and multilayered anxieties that underpin the growing popular restiveness with governance processes, the media chose to present a singular authoritarian point of view as the true and authentic voice of all Indians. The implications for the quality of the public discourse on the future of democracy are grim.

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