In the Financial Express

Apart from expanding intellectual discourse and keeping the media on its toes, The Acorn remains primarily an effort to educate an opinionated mind.

Subhash Agrawal mentions this blog in his balanced column on blogs, journalism and public discourse.

What lies in the future, and how does it impact us here? First, blogs will eventually force mainstream media, even in India, to pay attention if not homage. Neither will replace the other, but big media will have to relearn a few essentials, especially about honesty…

Second, the world of political and social blogs, at least in the US or in major Asian and European countries, is already very professional, and this presents Indian thinkers and policymakers an alternate entry point for studying local trends in various parts of the world, perhaps even another way to actively garner intellectual support for Indian positions on diplomatic issues.

Overall, blogs are an exciting new genre, best described as ‘citizen journalism’, that can enlarge public debates beyond the elite, act as a media watchdog and generally create a culture of critical thought. Maybe not the best thing since sliced bread, but a pretty nifty invention nevertheless. And we can all own a piece of it. [FE]

4 thoughts on “In the Financial Express”

  1. Kudos.

    I miss the links to recent postings (5 or 6 of them) next to the blue “The Acorn” box. They disappeared few weeks ago. Please bring them back; it makes the site easy to navigate.

  2. Nitin ,

    There are hundreds of Indian blogs…but most do not merit attention as they are basically pretentious , silly and attention seeking.

    So The Acorn shines like a bright star in a sky of mediocrity.From the very first time I came across your blog , I was impressed and have been a regular visitor ever since. Your analysis of issues related to India are a must read.

    The other great Indian blogs I have great respect for are and Rajeev Srinivasan’s

    I wonder why nobody in the Indian blog circles , including yourself,has links to Rajeev’s very impressive blog. Surely you guys dont have any animosity for some reason with him, do you ? Also , Rajeev is my favorite Indian web columnist , but I have noticed that none of you guys ever link to his rediff columns???

  3. Raj,

    Thanks for the kind words.

    No, I have no animosity towards Rajeev Srinivasan at all. Choosing which blogs to put on the sidebar is a matter of considerable difficulty. While the number of bloggers (and good bloggers) is increasing by leaps and bounds, the space on the sidebar has remained the same 🙂

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