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Urgh. February 8, 2008

Posted by K in Maiden, Recent reads-and my comments.
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Why is good journalism so hard? I’ve been reading a few reports of the Maiden gig, and I’m surprised at the quality-again. If last year was bad, look at this. A quick google search would have prevented the gross inaccuracies.

I’ve a good mind to apply as a reporter for the next gig. Hmph.

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1. Vasudha - February 8, 2008

Did you see the HT City report? The day before the gig they had an article saying, ” Now Maiden is no more Stranger in Strange Land.” On the first page, did I mention? 😐

2. jnarin - February 9, 2008

It hurts to see your favorite band being ill-reported by the press. But hey, they’re the ignorant ones. And even if one did write a good article, how many eyes would it catch? 🙂

3. aa - February 9, 2008

far as I know the only guy in the papers somewhat into music is that inderjit hazra guy but he seems to scoff at metal in favour of brit-pop or wank rock or whatever. I actually remember a piece in india today before maiden’s first show that called them death metal. maybe they should take up death metal. at least there’d be no more run to the hills.

4. ish - February 9, 2008

Obviously they are more interested in talking about this like Paris Hilton starring in a Lesbian show and stuff. That’s interesting news and that gets them hits. A majority of this country doesn’t know what Iron Maiden is all about. And even the ones who know don’t bother reading news items made by indian channels about them. It’s all about priority and not quality.

5. sporadicblogger - February 9, 2008

Vasudha- I did. Most unfortunately! 😦

jnarin- it’s embarrassment, more than hurt. Maiden will be reading these! *cringe*

aa-Yeah, Indrajit Hazra is brilliant and knows his music, but I’ve never seen him cover a band I liked. Same with Vir Sanghvi.

ish- I understand Maiden is not top priority for a large part of the country, but I think its a myth that people like Paris Hilton are. Doubtless candyfloss has its takers, but because of their increased visibilty in the media we believe they have a greater ‘following’ than rock bands. What I meant by quality is that if you choose to put up a piece in a daily/tv, if you call yourself a journalist, you do the very basic research-which hasn’t happened in this case. I would rather they gave a factually correct piece than a shit piece of flowery twaddle. 🙂

6. ish - February 9, 2008

See, when a news channel reports something that they don’t think is going to be read by a lot of people out there, they don’t bother researching. Who knows the reporter who wrote that article has never listened to a rock band in his/her life. Quantity is the priority, not quality. If you look at it from their point of view, they reported the thing, now it doesn’t matter to them that some Maiden fan reads it and gets hurt. Frankly, not many people bother and hence they get away with it. It’s the same with Paris Hilton actually. Most of the stuff they write/show about her is made up and baseless but since she’s so famous for doing “weird” things, people believe it. For example, a person who doesn’t know about Maiden would not be able to find out what’s wrong with it. Agreed there are a lot of people who listen to Rock in India nowadays but still a major portion of them doesn’t know much about the band beyond it’s name. I’ve seen that personally. I’ve had friends who listen to Coldplay and Green Day and they write them in their favorite artists but if you go and ask them what the names of the band members are, I’m ready to bet my a** on it that not more than 2 out of 10 would give you an answer.

Obviously it’s correct that when they are putting something up, they should research about it but they don’t. That’s a fact for you because they’ve got more interesting things to cover for instance Mr. Kidney being deported from Nepal to India.

7. sporadicblogger - February 9, 2008

Ish- I know that is what they (italicize) do (/italicize).

What I am saying is that that is BAD journalism and why is it so hard to correct the situation.

8. ish - February 10, 2008

Agreed, that is BAD. End of discussion. I figured I was merely repeating things anyway. 😛


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