Media Buddhi

H R Venkatesh
How to stay sane and safe in a world of information overload — one idea at a time. Buddhi = wisdom in multiple languages.
Created 18 Jan 2020
  • Update: Media Buddhi A-Z Has More Words To Tackle
    24 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    In last week’s announcement about creating a lexicon of words whose meanings are often divisive, misunderstood and poorly understood, I said I had collected 113 words, and asked for your suggestions. ...
  • The A-Z Of Becoming Literate. In A Mad, Crazy World.
    17 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 4 5
    Image: Alia Sinha Bias. Polarisation. Information overload. And a vexing question: how can we, as a people, cope with all the multiplicity of narratives about everything in our role as citizens? Here ...
  • Are You Spock Or Homer Simpson?
    19 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 5 2
    Spock and Homer Simpson are both fictional characters that appear in long-running and beloved TV shows. Spock features in Star Trek and is half-human and half-vulcan. Aside from his pointy years and a...
  • Stories Are More Powerful Than Facts
    12 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    The war against ‘fake news’, propaganda and B.S. is so overwhelming that mostly we are reduced to describing the symptoms of the ‘disease’. We rarely look underneath these symptoms to examine the caus...
  • How We Describe The Problem Is Key To The Solution
    22 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 2 0
    One of the features of good writing is that it doesn’t try too hard to impress. It consists of simple sentences and small words. And for fun, writers break this rule every now and then. When you want ...
  • When Good People Are Divided By Politics and Religion
    15 Aug 2021 • 5 min read • 2 0
    Image credit: Frank Cotham for The New Yorker Happy Independence Day! Here’s a thought. That person you know who holds those horrific political views that you (rightly) cannot stand? They are not nece...
  • Come, Become A TruthSeeker
    18 Jul 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    I didn’t spend much time as a Scout, but just about enough to get my first badge, the Tenderfoot badge, which I proudly sewed onto my uniform. Being a TruthSeeker is not like being a Scout or a Guide ...
  • How do we build an Anti-Polarisation 'Toolkit'?
    11 Jul 2021 • 1 min read • 3 0
    This past week, we held a Clubhouse discussion titled, “Anti-Polarisation ‘Toolkit’: How can we get started?” About a hundred people joined during the two-hour long discussion, and we heard the views ...
  • Clubhouse India: The New Ground For Polarisation?
    27 Jun 2021 • 12 min read • 3 0
    Dear reader, This week, we’re introducing a new voice on this newsletter — Adrija Bose. Bose, who’s Senior Editor, Communities at BOOM, asks if Clubhouse, the hottest new social media app is now a hot...
  • Revisiting Notions Of Masculinity On Father's Day
    20 Jun 2021 • 5 min read • 4 5
    Illustration by author. My Number One job in the whole wide world — I often explain to our pre-tween son — is to prepare him to be a fully functional adult. To me, this means that he will become a gre...
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