The Once and Future Public
The conclusion relates the book’s findings about perceptions of the cinematic public in late colonial India to lingering tensions at the heart of Indian democracy and to developments in India’s postcolonial mediascape. After independence, the Indian state continued to be suspicious of the entertainment industry, withholding substantive support and strengthening colonial regimes of film censorship and taxation. Even though the media landscape changed dramatically after 1991, as economic liberalization opened the media sector, colonial-era images of the mass public continue to cast a shadow across contemporary discourses about media audiences.
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