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  • asked in Media 17th May '15:

    As a Media Professional, is the print media industry still a viable option?. How do you see the print media industry maturing?. What is the most difficult aspect in transforming consumers?.

    Neetole Mitra replied 29th May '15:

    If you are looking to make a lot of money then stick to web. However if you have some writing skill and are not content with writing 'ASAP' pieces for all that's trending on the internet then Print journalism might be your thing.

    Here is an industry which still treats a writer as one and gives them at least some amount of time to research and write in-depth 'meaningful' articles in a variety of range [Modi governance to Aaradhya Bachchan's star kid status].

    Although it might be untrue to say that print journalism has no money. If you stick around long enough you won't be the worst paid.

    I think print Industry will eventually fill in a huge void when it comes to content quality on the internet. As of now very few websites cater to long form or well researched pieces. Once print makes this transition, it will eventually lose its high-browed academic style and focus on different styles of narration.

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    Jane Haile asked in Social Sciences 6th May '15:

    Whilst in many countries women and men have very similar educational attainments there are still very few women in decision-making positions in public or private sectors. Do you agree with the imposition of quotas and similar measures to achieve gender balance? Or do you think that is discriminatory and diminishes women?

    Neetole Mitra replied 29th May '15:

    In the Delhi Metro, two announcements run rather frequently.

    "Please vacate seats for women and the differently abled."

    "Request all male passengers to not board the ladies compartment. Doing so is punishable by law."

    I think these two sentence summarises the way a segment of society can be otharised by using quotas and compartments and reservations.

    First it alienates them as a weaker section which obviously needs special help in day to day functioning and protection and mercy from the more capable beings.

    Secondly, it makes the divide between the privileged and the unprivileged starkly bigger by enforcing law and a new structure which creates new biases and sets of discrimination.

    (particularly when a low class labour needs to cramp himself into an over-crowded metro compartment even when the ladies coach remains vacant. I have myself been told by men in the general compartment to use the coach reserved for me instead of crowding the space that's left to them)

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