We're proud to launch the Global Voices Skypecast series with an interview with ethnographer and blogger Dina Mehta, in Mumbai (or is it Bombay?), India. Dina and I talk about the factors that led her to become a blogger, the Indian version of the “bloggers versus journalists debate, and her hope that more bloggers will write about economic and technical disparities in India.
You can listen to our conversation here. (mp3, 30 minutes, 17MB.)
We're still learning about the technical details of podcasting using Skype – there are real challenges to getting a “clean” recording from Skype, especially when talking to people in low bandwidth environments. As we continue to post Skypecasts, they'll be filed in our “Podcast” category. If you use an aggregator to subscribe to podcasts, you may want to add this link to your subscription list.
Links to weblogs referenced in our conversation:
Dina's weblog – Conversations with Dina
Dilip d'Souza – Indian journalist and blogger.
Amit Varma – Journalist turned blogger, referenced by Dina as a blogger who doesn't accept comments.
Rohit Gupta leads a group blog with frequent critiques of mainstream media.
Pradyuman Maheshwari – Author of mediaah!, a now-closed blog which was sued by Times of India.
Indicubed – A blog setp up to allow group discussions of issues in the Indian blogosphere.
Rashmi Bansal – Editor of a Mumbai-based youth magazine, runs Youthcurry, a blog focused on Indian youth culture.