Das ka Dum with Dr Bhaskar Das: What is your view on firecrackers? Your view on rising decibel levels in the media?

14 Oct,2019

Welcome to an all-new week of Q&As as part of Das ka Dum with Dr Bhaskar Das. As we promised, here’s a cracker of an exchange. And not just one Q&A, but two… a double dhamaka.Enjoy!

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Q. What is your view on firecrackers? Do you enjoy the sound and air pollution caused by our homegrown or even Chinese firecrackers?

A. It’s not at all kosher to love crackers , given the alarming level of pollution and global warming, around the world. However, metaphorically I love cracking ideas that make any profession exciting.

 

 

Q. A supplementary question, if you allow me: What is your view on rising decibel levels in the media? People writing in CAPS in digital, melodrama in entertainment software and noise levels in news television discussions?

A. With the atomisation of media formats of delivery and audience themselves becoming media, the perceived cacophony is a collateral impact. For some, it epitomises emphatic assertion. All of us are aware that as a society we are loud. It works on many occasions as it reinforces masculinity as social and cultural mores. But I strongly believe in the audience’s ability to decode signal from noise.

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