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You are what you WhatsApp?

Letters are formal. Texts and chats are informal. Letters and emails are with a subject. Texts are boundaryless. Grammar is part of the formal writing. And too cumbersome for the…

Allegorizing Arnab Goswami’s WhatsApp

The Arnab Goswami Whatsapp chats that have come to the fore during the Mumbai police investigations into the Indian talk show host’s conduct represent an important and powerful allegory for…

WhatsApp: what happens now?

The Telegram and Signal messaging apps have recorded a rapid rise in demand. This comes days after their major rival WhatsApp publicized an update on their terms of service. The…

What Splits Us? A WhatsApp Case Study

What splits us? A WhatsApp case study

Like many of you must have experienced with your friends and colleagues, some of my friends, old classmates, acquaintances and colleagues all continue to create groups using WhatsApp, the communication…

Shrinking runway of Flight PK-1947

For years, both Pakistan’s most passionately patriotic daughters and sons as well as Pakistan’s most dyed-in-the-wool enemies have kind of grappled with the same question: how much more runway does…

Debating disinformation

I am in Sarajevo right now to attend a global conference on fact-checking – Global Fact 11 which is held regularly; this is the 11th edition. Before I talk about…

Barbarians in our midst

Every week, there is an inner dialogue in my head about the column that I write. It usually becomes difficult to find a subject that is not too depressing. As…