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Faking News: Making stuff up has never been so fun
Fictional news reports and Photoshop gone wild, to highlight the absurd obsession with sensation and trivialities in our society and national news media
Not quite as incisive as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart or The Onion in America, but a worthy addition to Indian society nevertheless. News satire website FakingNews.com has almost 27,000 Facebook fans LMAOing over headlines like:
- Shahrukh Khan to star in the first ever gay Bond movie? (Read article)
- Is Rahul Gandhi ready to step into the shoes of Manmohan Singh? Followed by a digitally manipulated image of Congress man Rahul Gandhi in Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's signature blue turban.
An oblique critique of mainstream news media in India, FakingNews.com addresses the well acknowledged fact that more often than not, in the battle for our attention, sensationalism is winning over worthy news.
"Approximately 72 hours after the discovery of a definitive cure for all forms of cancer, Dr Hari Kumar, Associate Professor of Biotechnology at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), is still waiting for the mainstream media to broadcast the story. So far, none of the TV channels or newspapers have gotten around to reporting this completely non-controversial and quite bland news item, sources report...," 'reports' Faking News in this April 26 post.
Sometimes they go after news channels themselves. "Leading English television news channel Times Now has finally conceded that it might have asked just too many questions in the last few years. A bulk of these questions were asked on the channel’s prime time news show The Newshour."
Politics, sports, media, world, business, entertainment, open letters to celebrities currently causing sensation (Sania Mirza, Lalit Modi) or ones you love to hate -- Faking News is often inspired by real life events. And they use all the Internet tools at their disposal effectively.
As for the real folk behind Faking News. We don't know who they are and we'd like to keep it that way, leading the way -- uninterrupted -- for a new brand of news satire in India. To quote, "Being humorous or satirical is a hugely challenging job, so excuse us if you think we are just being stupid."
If you think you'd like to write for Faking News, submit to Pagal Patrakar, the anonymous Managing Editor.