No Place for Aam Janta: Why You Need to Stop Believing Tech Reviews

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No Place for Aam Janta: Why You Need to Stop Believing Tech Reviews

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

I

used to be a consumer tech reporter. And I have the frequent flyer miles to prove it. A routine part of my workweek involved flying halfway across the country to attend press conferences about some shiny new gadget, eating more than I needed for lunch, picking up a “review unit” of said shiny gadget, and returning home by the evening flight.

The flights were funded, the lunch was free, and so were the gadgets. All paid for by the company launching the device, in the hope that it might reflect positively on the report I’d write. Now consider the cost of filling a reasonably large room with journalists like me, and it becomes obvious that there’s something wrong with the way consumer technology is written about in India.

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