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Desicritics At One Month – Media 2.0 and Editors’ Picks From Desicritics

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It’s been a pretty good month, far better than one expected when we conceived of Desicritics.org, a Blogcritics.org network site, as an online magazine delivering quality news and opinion on all things South Asian with a global focus. Conceived by Eric Berlin as an extension of the successful paradigm established by Blogcritics publisher, Eric Olsen, and technically powered by Phillip Winn, I’ve been honored to do my part in creating a new reality, closer to the heart.

I do believe Desicritics, Blogcritics, and the ilk are the harbingers of Media 2.0, a citizens’ response to big media, embodying the best of blogs as a personal communication medium, and the power of the collaborative, interactive paradigm. The paradigm reflects South Asia, the world’s perceptions of the region, and vice versa through the blogosphere’s ability to diffract news via opinion, delivering something more than news and opinion.

Eric Olsen commented once on the concept behind Blogcritics,

It’s a place to the advantage of both the writers and the readers – they can interact – because we have open comments. You as the reader can participate in the ongoing discussion: you can agree, you can disagree, you can bring in new facts, you can reference materials that you think are important. I think that’s something that sets us apart from the traditional media.

The exceedingly fine writers on Desicritics have consistently delivered a delightful variety of news and information on topics ranging from Rang De Basanti to the cartoon protests. We’ve covered Arcelor, and joisted on the Indian Army in Kashmir. We’ve been noticed by the media and the blogosphere as well, and our regular readership continues to grow daily.

One month on, we’ve got over 160 writers, 100,000+ page views, we added on two more editors (temporal & Sujatha) and we’re only just beginning.

Desicritics come from Pakistan and from Australia, from Bangladesh, Toronto, and Bangalore. If you’d like to be a Desicritic, e-mail us.

Here are some posts that the editors highlighted from recent weeks, hard choices indeed:

The First Love by Shravan Sampath

Shravan waxes nostalgic about his first love. The first time he laid eyes on her, her hair, her eyelashes, her perfume, and his need to be with her for ever and ever

What I Learn From Mathematics by Sanat Mohanty

Sanat acknowledges, recognizes and understands weird possibilities in mathematics and extrapolates this knowledge to human interactions and relationships

An Uncommon Love Story by Kaveetaa

A wonderful and inspiring first person account that runs contrary to Bollywood stereotypes

People Of The Grammar by Anil Menon

Precise, informative, interesting and intriguing

Life in Bangalore: Schools by Sujatha Bagal

Effective narration and perspective, good flow

Keeping The Dog In by greatbong

A blend of subtle and low key humor to drive his observations home

Suffering Moses by Jawahara Saidullah

Well crafted … story within a story … good word usage

N-deal: Deconstructing The ‘Cheerleaders’ by Cynical Nerd

Part of a series of well-written, detailed pieces on the India-US nuclear deal, that may have more to it than evident at first glance

Rang De Pakistani by Abrar Siddiqui

What could make a Pakistani living in Canada enthuse emotionally about a film about Indian patriotism? The shared heritage perhaps? Part of the reason Desicritics is so wonderful :)

The Big Story That Never Was by Morquendi

Never believe everything – an illustration of how media can willfully get things wrong

Exposing Ourselves On The Internet by Sabarish

The most viewed article on Desicritics thus far, and a look at what is public and private in the cyber age

You can nominate your own choices by commenting below – link to posts you like, and tell us what we can do differently or better.

Thanks for reading, and writing.

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