You know sometimes, we in the media think of ourselves as the source of knowledge, spouting forth intelligence on everything from oil prices (right, like any of us know whats going on in the global oil market, the oil ministry included) to the impact of branded fast-food (hah!), and sometimes when a story stares you in the face don't understand why its there. Thats because very few people in the media ever bother to go out there and experience anything. Look at the entire dance bar girl brouhaha in Mumbai, if any of the newspapers had decided to make one guy a regular at these bars and maybe even get into the panties of one of the bar girls, the stories that would have come out would have been so much better.
On the same note, there has never been a decent cocaine (or any drug story) story that has appeared in the media, simply because the people writing about the drug have no idea what it does (though, that said, there is no shortage of media-persons doing cocaine in this country - but those guys will never write). While the TV channels will run with hidden cameras to expose corruption, they shit bricks at sending a wired correspondent (with a hidden camera) for a drug run, because exposing corruption cannot get you in trouble (well legally it can, the bribe giver is also guilty under the IPC) but carrying drugs of any sort is punishable under a very totalitarian act. Yet, the sheer abundance of people in the media who think they know it all is amazing. Blah, blah, blah you hear them say in the editorials and the news, making issues out of non-issues but when something bad happens to them, they blow it up - I know I've done it.
And then when people sneer at me when they find out I'm a journalist, I'm not surprised. There are times when I might love the access to important people, the satisfaction of seeing your byline, but there are a lot of times when I wonder what the fuck am I doing here? And I've been thinking too much of that in the last two days, way too much. I don't know how I ended up as a journalist, but I've had my fun, and at times over the last two days I've just been down and out and want to get out.
Somehow, this Sunday's Dilbert kinda shows where we in the media have ended up.