Media a very powerful tool and a sword arm for a democratic country. Media acts as a watchdog which provides the information to the public and works for the welfare of the country. They are full responsible for their act since they provide information on national basis and any error can lead to severe consequences.
Undoubtedly, media have helped in creating awareness among people and have helped in understanding the surroundings. It not only strengthens the society but also helps in shaping the public opinion.
Without mass communication we cannot imagine the life. However, the question arises “how well media are playing their role?” Is there any line of control to what extent they can interfere in obtaining the information and how well they picturise to the society. I don’t want to compare the media with the media of other countries or else our society will completely lose the trust in the mass communication.
Now a days media have just became a platform for sensational news. There are number of news that the country should know but only limited news are put forward in a very sensational manner. Not going far let’s pick up the recent story Death of Sridevi where the nation was feeling remorse for losing the actor, but on the other hand it was a spice for the media.
They forgot their role and social responsiblity towards a democratic country and went over board in representing the story. Like
- The actor was indulged in alcohol.
- Why there is delay in the clearance of body from Dubai.
- It’s a doubt of murder and uncountable number of weird allegations.
Can’t the news be made simple, informative and once released, shouldn’t the media move on to the next news. A country like ours where various sectors needs to be highlight but among many only 2 % of the news are worth watching.
In India 70% of the rural household depends on agriculture and yet India faces maximum suicide cases. In 2016 approx 6867 farmers had committed suicide. What did media do. Picked up one news made it sensational but of course less happening than Sridevi’s death news and repeatedly same news showed in every news channels at regular intervals.
- Every year number of army officers give their lives for the nation.
- According to 2012 report 22% of the population is below poverty line.
- Creation of employment is not able to match the speed of increasing population of our country.
- Reservation problem. How it’s hampering the economic growth of our country.
Many other important factors that needs to be highlighted but rather than giving news up to point and help the government in providing various kinds of alternatives to solve the issues, leading to the development of the country, what are they doing. Just making the news as BREAKING NEWS and only providing the negativity in the information given by them.
Today media highlights the news on :
- Excessive focus of celebrities.
- Showing news that have no relevance.
- Made a profit area segment.
- Jumping to the conclusion without listening to both the parties.
- Every news channel have become biased in supporting the parties.
Rather than helping the center in the development of the country they too have been acting as barrier in the work of the government. As said earlier we retrieve and believe the information given by the media. But media only highlights the setbacks of the government. Have they ever made the comparison chart of work done and not done by any of the political parties. Hence, it they had given the summarized chart of pros and cons than it would be easier for us to elect the government during the time of elections.
Hope, the media had played the equal role and made efforts when suspects were raised on the death of Hon. PM Lal Bahadur Shastri.
It’s very important that media should understand that they are the most powerful tool of communication. They should help in promoting the Right information at Right time. They shouldn’t act as fuel to the fire and mislead the society. World is moving in terms of progress but when we look towards the society, it feels something is still missing.