24 November, 2020

In Bed With Celebrity

Is there hope when Page 3 vacuity occupies our media space?

Atul Chaudhury
In Bed With Celebrity
In October ’95, I opened the first issue of Outlook with much curiosity and expectation. The Illustrated Weekly of India and Sunday, India’s best general interest magazines, had been dead or dying for some years. India Today had grown politically conservative and predictable while Frontline and The Week had not sought to expand their small largely South-based audience. The opportunity for a national liberal magazine seemed clear.

In retrospect, most successful magazines can be seen as historical necessities, emerging as responses to a deeply felt need within their societies. Harold Ross could only have created the New Yorker in the America of the ’20s, trying to fulfil the social and cultural ambition of the country’s affluent classes. The best magazines are often those that consciously challenge the ideological prejudices and tendencies of their age. By setting itself against the piety and sanctimony of Cold War culture in America, The New York Review of Books gained intellectual...



To read this piece, and more such stories in India's most exciting and exacting magazine, plus get access to our 25-year archives goldmine, please subscribe.

In this article:

More from Pankaj Mishra

Latest Magazine

November 30, 2020

other articles from the issue

articles from the previous issue

Other magazine section