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Student Work Highlight: The Impact of “India’s Daughter” on Indian Sons


The Impact of “India’s Daughter” on Indian Sons

Background: This project was developed in the Media Management track classes, Audience Research (NMDS 5017), with Part-time Assistant Professor Lahuna Ganguly and and in and Media Ethics (NMDM 5312) with Charles Warner. In this class MS student Trishala Kadam investigated the following male views on sexual assault in India.

Screen Shot 2017-06-13 at 11.46.33 AMFemale views on sexual assault are known, while in men, the views vary based on different factors that have influenced their thinking and also their upbringing.

“Living in a patriarchal society and being the representation of the patriarchy, I wanted to analyze how men from different walks of life view rape and violence pre and post the 2012
Delhi gang rape case and a documentary based on the same in my research.” Trishala Kadam

Screen Shot 2017-06-13 at 11.44.42 AMScreen Shot 2017-06-13 at 11.44.55 AMThe research was further developed by taking an ethical look at whether the ban of the documentary which showcased the rapists views in very disturbing interviews was just or not with a sociological outlook at the issue.  Both these questions were analyzed and developed in Audience Research and Media Ethics .Screen Shot 2017-06-13 at 11.46.02 AM

Through the research, I conducted an ethnographic observational research on a small group of acquaintances while they watched the documentary in a specific setting. I also conducted potters box, a method to analyze a situation used in media ethics to make a judgment based on the values, loyalties and principles on the researcher.

Screen Shot 2017-06-13 at 11.46.23 AMDuring the research, a small scale ethnographic observation was conducted on 5 acquaintances while they watched the documentary. This consisted of 3 males and 2 females. Their reactions, conversations and observations were noted and analyzed.  A potters box, to make a judgment on the ban was conducted based on values, loyalties and principles defined in media ethics, with reference to various previous projects in India that faced a ban, and their topics.  The courses helped shape the research to understand influence of the incident and the documentary on Indian men and what caused the ban and if it was ethical. The different assignments mentioned above proved to be a helpful in the process, and eventually enhanced the work many folds.

trishalaTrishala Kadam is a first year Media Management student at the New School of Public Engagement. She was born and raised in Pune, India, in a non patriarchal home environment. After graduating in Computer Science she worked with Algorhythm, a software company to built a search engine that helps search data in the Women and Child Development department of the Maharashtra Govt. Later she volunteered at the Teach for India foundation.  After my commencement in the Masters program in The New School University, Trishala worked on Media Design projects like a music video, a distribution strategy for a film for Film Distribution class.


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