Joe McGinniss, July 2012:
"...The Selling of the President is the first account of the marriage of convenience/ménage à trois between national politics, network television, and Madison Avenue...Read The Selling of the President today and be present at the creation of the postmodern era of American politics, one that, I'm sorry to say, I am not sure our republic will survive.”
On August 23 2011, on this blog, I wrote about Gandhi and media here.
To repeat, I quoted from Joseph Lelyveld's excellent book 'Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle With India', 2011:
On this blog, I have written about P L Deshpande's (पु ल देशपांडे) very popular Marathi play 'Tujhe Ahe Tujapashi', 1957 (तुझें आहे तुजपाशीं). There is a character of Acharya. Aacharya is loosely based on, according to my father and many others, the clones of the Mahatma. Acharya is in the habit of pausing to say something 'profound' so that his followers get a chance to take out their notebook and pencil to note it down. He even repeats it for their convenience! I feel Pu La is making fun of the kind of behaviour elaborated by Joseph Lelyveld above.
"आचार्य: थिल्लरपणा करू नकोस ! जीवन हे हसून घालवण्याइतकं क्षुद्र नाही. जीवनाकडे जरा गंभीरपणानं पाहायला शिका. ह्या देशात- (गीता फाउंटन पेन मधली शाई संपली म्हणून झटकू लागते. उषा तिला आपले पेन देते. हा प्रकार होईपर्यंत आचार्य 'ह्या देशात...ह्या देशात...' असे दोनतीनदा म्हणतात...गीतेला पेन मिळाल्यावर सुरु करतात.) ह्या देशात लोकांना..." (पृष्ठ २९, आवृत्ती विसावी, ऑगस्ट २०००)