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Citizen Journalism & the auto-wallahs of Delhi

Posted by abyjain on October 6, 2007

There is a new site up, called Purdafash, started by someone from IIMC. Of course, we all agree that citizen Journalism is a good thing and helps to weed out a lot of protected and hidden flaws of society, but does it really help if these are issues that we all know about. I went to the site, and read a couple of articles there. One was about the fare charging policies of the Delhi auto-wallahs and the other about a traffic cop taking a bribe. Forget knowing about it, I’m sure, just about anyone in Delhi has undergone both of these experiences themselves. So we’re not really uncovering something new here. What is required for these issues is “execution” and “punishment”, not exposure. They’re exposed enough. Though, I definitely might be striking a wrong chord. I appreciate these efforts, and sincerely hope that as more and more people take to these media, the quality as well as the effects of these sites and operations would start coming into view. Why can’t we just have one head of government who is, for just this once, obsessive about rooting out corruption. Just one such person, and I’m sure so much of a difference can flow from the top.

And, on the point of the auto-wallahs, one recipe did come to mind. What if the passengers always approach the auto with a mobile-camera or any other camera in recording mode, with the number plate scanned and then ask the auto-wallah on video to go wherever they want to go. If the auto-wallah plays smart, he could be shown the evidence and threatened with some action, whatever be it. Possibly some of them might melt. And possibly some others may have to face some legal sanction… what think?

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Yahoo! Photos – Closing

Posted by abyjain on July 23, 2007

Official page that I got – Yahoo! Photos – Closing

Another external article on the same – Yahoo Photos Begins Closing Down

So this is the latest thing I noticed just today while looking for an old photograph of mine (one with a real live koala). Anyway, so it got me wondering, obviously there will be some people inconvenienced by this (like me!) and of course inconvenience is not viewed very politely by anyone, and especially so if you’re in the west and very much more so if you’re an american. Hence, isn’t it very possible that someone or the other will just go ahead and sue Yahoo! for pulling something off even though they were giving it for free in the first place (and surely with the suitable disclaimers when you signed up for the service)…

Let’s see. I’m rather sure someone or the other will be up to it. It’s actually a good thing. Some services need to go and new ones need to come on. I like Y! photos better than Flickr though I had an account on both. Moreover, Flickr is not even accessible in Dubai so Y! photos is going to lose one customer for sure in the near future…


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