Online Gods – A Podcast about Digital Cultures in India and Beyond

Episode 5: The Mediated Construction of Reality and E-petitions in India (January 2018)

In this episode we speak with Nick Couldry about the Mediated Construction of Reality and Nida Hasan  from India about E-petitions.



Online Gods is part theoretical exploration into some of the key concepts in the anthropology of media, and part research into how increased online interaction is changing the public sphere. Taking India and the India diaspora as its focal point, the podcast continues in the great anthropological tradition of bringing the global and the specific into conversation with one another as it analyses what online discussions do to political participation, displays of faith and feelings of national belonging. We are also intrigued as to whether a podcast can produce ethnographic theory. We believe It is possible to be both sophisticated and yet comprehensible, and that the spoken form can bring forth an accessibility that is sometimes missing from the written form. We even wonder whether academic podcasting might herald a technologically-enabled return to the centrality of oral traditions in intellectual exploration – can podcasting weaken reading’s hegemonic hold on consumption of academic knowledge? Online Gods is a key initiative of the project ONLINERPOL and is cohosted with HAU Network for Ethnographic Theory. This podcast is hosted by Ian M. Cook and Sahana Udupa.

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Further Reading

Couldry, N., and Hepp, A. (2017). The Mediated Construction of Reality. Cambridge: Polity.

Couldry, N., Madianou, M. and Pinchevski, A. (eds.) (2013) Ethics of Media. Basingstoke: Palgrave/MacMillan. Buy buy from Amazon and Macmillan

Couldry, N. (2012) Media, Society, World: Social Theory and Digital Media Practice, Cambridge: Polity Press. Selected by Choice Magazine as one of its Outstanding Academic Titles of 2013.

Couldry, N. (2010) Why Voice Matters: Culture and Politics After Neoliberalism. London: Sage.

Couldry, N., Hepp, A. and Krotz, F. (eds.) (2009) Media Events in a Global Age. London: Routledge.

Couldry, N., Livingstone, S. and Markham, T. (2007) Media Consumption and Public Engagement: Beyond the Presumption of Attention.


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