Director: Namita A. Malhotra, Subasri Krishnan
Duration: 00:10:58; Aspect Ratio: 1.365:1; Hue: 91.983; Saturation: 0.023; Lightness: 0.403; Volume: 0.297; Cuts per Minute: 0.273
Summary: Nishant Shah is a scholar, writer and the Research Director at the Center for Internet and Society in Bangalore. His primary focus is in technology mediated identities, spaces and everyday cultural practices.
In this short interview, Shah speaks about culture, technology, the DPS MMS clip and most specifically about the anxieties of the State around illegal subjectivities and illicit practices of the 'citizen'.
The interview ends rather abruptly because the camera person is feeling faint on that particular day and suddenly collapses, behind the camera. The interview had to be discontinued, though it was decided that this happened particularly because of the sensitivity of the camera person and the one-too-many mentions of pornography in this short interview.
It is nonetheless an eloquent interview about contemporary concerns around the internet, relating it to State governance and role of technology. Shah's arguments are also elaborated upon through his writings on technology and specifically his article on the three figures of the pervert, pirate and terrorist. (See ‘Subject to Technology: Internet Pornography, Cyber-terrorism and the Indian State’, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 8:3, 2007, pp.349 – 366.)