Nina, a film buff blogger has pointed out that Gautaman Bhaskaran, a senior journalist of The Hindu has been largely inspired in his reviews by NY Times. She has given relevant links, and by now the blogosphere is abuzz.
I hardly watch movies, so didn't bother to read the links. One of the pet hobbies of this blog was to point out the shoddy reporting of The Hindu. But after a point of time, it stopped entertaining me. There were too many errors to make fun of. Also I have been antagonistic towards their editorials since long. And to top it all, today they carried a 3 full page advertisement for IIPM, not an insert, in the main sheet.
I have read Gautaman Bhaskaran in passing, admiring his use of phrases and words though I couldn't empathise much with movies. So it was shocking to hear that he has copied from NY Times. How this is going to pan out is anybody's guess. The Hindu doesn't bother much about bloggers, so they can pretend that this didn't happen.
This incident set me thinking about this sharp tool called blogging. Take Mr. Bhaskaran. He has been writing for about 20 years. Assuming 20 reviews a year, that makes it 400 reviews. Even if say, 20 of his reviews were inspired, he will be painted as a plagiarist for all 400 of them. It is a little harsh on him. Again I stress, I am not batting for anybody, just thinking out loud how this tool called blogging can be used.