Projects


From Popular to Viral: The HAHK-DDLJ Media Swirl


This is the third research note from Abhija Ghosh, one of the short-term social media research fellows at The Sarai Programme. In mid 2014, a range of online film news content focused on two big blockbuster family romances of the nineties, Hum Aapke Hain Koun and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, marking twenty years since their… Read More

Fielding Technology: Notes From Hinterland


This is the third research note from Mrinalika Roy, one of the short-term social media research fellows at The Sarai Programme. This is the third post of my project, where I look at the transformative affect that technology has had on the working of a rural newspaper Khabar Lahariya, thereby on the rural sphere and… Read More

Item Numbers and Loudness


This is the third research note from Silpa Mukherjee, one of the short-term social media research fellows at The Sarai Programme. MORTY ROSENFIELD WAS SO STONED on Euphoria, a hot new synthetic drug, that he danced faster than a speeding cursor on a computer screen. It was 3 o’ clock one morning last July at… Read More

Works of Three Net Artists in India: 1999 Onwards


This is the third research note from Charu Maithani, one of the short-term social media research fellows at The Sarai Programme. In 1999, Baiju Parthan paid serious attention to the changes that were slowly taking place with the novelty of the internet. The next advancement since industrial revolution, the world wide web was becoming a… Read More

Phantasmal Tidings: Cell Phone Technology and Forensics


This is the third research note from Pallavi Paul, one of the short-term social media research fellows at The Sarai Programme. Entering the cyber cell of the Economic Offences Wing (Delhi Police) is like walking into a time lag. One of the few air-conditioned rooms in the Mandir Marg police station building, it sits on… Read More

The Role of Classification in Facilitating Identities for the Internet: The Case of VoIP Regulation


This is the third research note from Smarika Kumar, one of the short-term social media research fellows at The Sarai Programme. In previous posts, I have focused on judicial discussions and reasoning, particularly upon how the authority of law over a certain vision of the internet is sought to be established through the process of… Read More

Creating Authority of Law Over a New Technology: Reflections from Shreya Singhal


This is the second research note from Smarika Kumar, one of the short-term social media research fellows at The Sarai Programme.   The life of law is built upon the interpretation of words, terms, phrases in language, along with the claims of precision in relevant contexts. More than ever, analogies are a potent tool in… Read More

Imago Aevitas: Beginnings of Art Projects on the Internet in India and the World


This is the second research note from Charu Maithani, one of the short-term social media research fellows at The Sarai Programme. Net.art is associated with certain aesthetics and ethics of artists, designers and technologists in the mid-1990s. The term net.art has an interesting anecdote on how it got the name. In December 1995 Vuk Cosic,… Read More

Can Speak? Will Speak: Interpreting Digital Forensics


This is the second research note from Pallavi Paul, one of the short-term social media research fellows at The Sarai Programme.   In truth the subtle web of thought Is like the weaver’s fabric wrought: One treadle moves a thousand lines, Swift darts the shuttle to and fro, Unseen the threads together flow, A thousand… Read More

Starlets as Item Girls #OBSCENITYDEBATES


This is the second research note from Silpa Mukherjee, one of the short-term social media research fellows at The Sarai Programme. Dances have remained an integral part of our culture, life and films for all times. But for a long time one has failed to see any worthwhile dance in our films. I remember those… Read More