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How different medias are affecting human life and character?
The role of media in human life!
How so many newspapers are published in a city? How all of them are sold like pancakes? First of all, we have to realize “unless there is a demand, so many newspapers won’t be published! Now let us see how people are getting interested in news items? In what way, they are concerned? No doubt that the weather is one of the interests. The policy changes of government too affect the people in many ways, and then the money market is one of the greatest concerns of many investors. We assume and hope that the newspapers publish only factual stories! Why people are after different news channels? Factual reporting gets colorized when a reporter is biased against a particular event. News reporters are not persons from the armed forces. Each one is free to cover an event in own fashion and report it to the editorial team or newsroom. Today, within a single city there are more than twenty different newspapers covering the events both in vernacular and national languages, but most of the newspapers are published in English for wider coverage over the net. News events are not 100% true when reported by different newspapers or different channels. We notice that each newspaper gives importance to a particular news as per the policy guidelines of the particular newspaper. Important news are sometimes relegated to second page while news which attracts major segment of people occupy the first page headlines.
PM Modi has said..
There is no transparency in media reports, only biased news feed!
Nowadays each political party has their own news channels or papers. They will give importance to their own party news. The mistakes and errors committed by the leaders go unpublished. But even a small mistake of opposite party is highlighted in the front pages. The news channels of most of the TV channels which are owned by different political parties highlight the virtues and achievements of their leaders, party activities. They will criticize the opposite parties in vile terms. Thus, the ethics of newspapers and transparent reporting are given the go by. Hence we are not aware which is correct or what is happening around? In a way, we are fed up with incorrect news of the events. We notice that when an important leader is admitted to hospital, we are not aware of the correct health condition of the leader. When the leader is very much alive, several news channels floated the news of demise of the great leader. When the hospitals themselves have not confirmed the death, how can those reporters blatantly produce fake news? In addition, the social media sites are full of criticisms and counter criticisms. Leave the social media site alone, but the newspapers and visual media should adapt correct and transparent reporting of all news items! The only concern of the media houses is profit and increased readership. Whom the public will approach in case of faked news items? There may be ‘ombudsman’ for the news in some countries. Some news papers have a separate Editor known as “Readers Editor”. The Hindu published from India is following a traditional factual reporting policy and I appreciate them for the concern they show for the readers. If something is wrong, we can immediately mail them our concern. The readers editor dutifully reply the concerns of the readers. Of course beyond the news items, there is Editorial which reflects the views of the Editorial board, opinion columns and some eminent scholars give their views on various happenings of the world, particularly pertaining to India.
What is politrick?
Why people are crazy about events?
In spite of smart phones and tablets, newspapers too sell widely. The reason is simple. Accessibility to smart phones in rural areas is very little. The main reason is ‘necessary infrastructure for connectivity to remote rural packets will cost much. Hence even big players in telecom business do not come forward for extending their network to many rural areas. It has become the responsibility of government owned telecom companies to provide such network connectivity in spite of huge capital investment to provide the infrastructure. Hence, most of the villages are satisfied with village radio or TV sets provided by the government at some public places. Newspapers penetrate through nooks and corners and hence people are satisfied by reading one or two papers available at their end.
Now, coming to the real part of the story, ‘why people are after news?. Events interest human psyche. This is a weakness which the media conglomerates exploit to sell their products. The entire communication industry thrives on this particular human weakness! People pass time watching TV, reading news papers or browsing the net through their smart phones. We are not that much smart but the phones are very smart in attracting us due to many of the weakness of people. While children are interested in playing games through their smart phone, youngsters browse them to visit prohibited sites and content. When something is kept as a secret, the human mind seeks to know the secret. This is the interest created by porn sites in the minds of distorted individuals. Prior to the invention of mobile phones, there was a sort of fear in youngsters that some elders will watch their movements and habits. The invention of mobile has corrupted most of the urban youngsters and some of the rural lot too. Still there are several villages in India which prohibit the use of mobiles. Even some girls are prevented from attending schools when they complete their fifth standard. This may seem out of tune with the present technological world. But none can assert that the media is not the cause of corrupt minds in otherwise innocent students from the rural villages. Can anyone assert that the inventions have no bearing on the moral characters of youngsters? No! TV and mobile communication has corroded the mind of lot of youngsters all over the world. Many educationists are much worried about the interference of gadgets in student life. The social media has already done its worst to demoralize children and youngsters.
Peace and harmony can be ensured only in a moral society!
A society or a country can enjoy peace and harmony only when the denizens are morally upright, truthful and full of concerns of others problems and woes! We must automatically rush to the help of others without bothering about our own discomforts in the process. I always cherish a couplet taught by Sathya Saibaba to the students: BEAR ALL AND DO NOTHING; HEAR ALL AND SAY NOTHING; GIVE ALL AND TAKE NOTHING; SERVE ALL AND BE NOTHING! Of course to sacrifice such an extent we must have trained our mind in that pattern from our younger days! At least let us follow his teaching “Help Ever; Hurt never! Even if we are not able to help, let us desist from hurting others! May the Divine bring wisdom in the minds of all people!