~Spero ergo sum~™

January 7, 2007

Media = Mass cover up?

Filed under: Sobriety — Teal @ 5:56 am

Mass Media has transcended all borders and the various modes of communication has seeped through all kinds of barriers.
People often underestimate and underplay the role of media in the real world. And those involved in media, looks like,
have forgotten their responsibility to the society. [And by media people, I donot mean people who write gossip columns,
and page3 content, but serious stuff and hard-cored journalism]

They have a real duty to provide the correct picture to the average layman. We donot find time to travel across the globe
and investigate, so we turn to people who do it for a profession, assuming and hoping that they would etch the correct
picture to us. But unforunately, it looks like some channel or newspaper is all for a certain political party or an
organisation. Some take the pains to mask it, some dont.

Sometime back, an incident had taken place at an area reputed for vandalism, and a certain community of people were pulled
out of their houses and beaten up. People of the same community were attacked in 2-3 other cities in the same state on the
very same day as well. One channel made a slight mention of it, while another channel covered it up all together,
as if it never happened. Each of these channels that I have mentioned are each backed by some influence or the other
and it is more than obvious that both were opposing groups.

This is something that didnot surprise me at all. I am just wondering how the media has become so reckless and indifferent
to their work. I hope with the dawn of the new year, the media people concentrate on more pivotal issues rather than stupid page3
parties and celebrity gossip.
Sometime around this time, when Manjunath was killed, a bollywood icon [a really old one at that] has also
been admitted in hospital owing to an illness. But the latter got more coverage on prime-time news bulletins.

Does that mean tinsel-town heroes from reel life are more important than people who try to defy the odds in real life?

What irks me all the more is that, when a channel had brought in an award to chose the best person from india, same time
around last year, someone totally undeserving won it. The results for the same poll for 2006 are yet to be furnished, and
I am not hoping on anyone worthwhile winning it. So are these polls and these news and information all truthful?
So when we turn to the television or the newspapers to get insights on what’s going on.. for all you know,
some facts may be covered, misintrepreted. So is our trust in the media being betrayed?

Are they painting the correct picture in front of our eyes?

And why was the media sleeping throughout the horror that happened at Noida?

Like Joh Mayer sings in the track ‘Waiting on the world to change’,

“When you trust your television
What you get is what you got
Cuz when when they own the information ooohhh,
They can bend it all they want “

So are we getting our information straight, uncut and clean?
Or are we getting the garbled version after mass editing owing to influence and politics?
Think about it.



  1. In an episode of FRIENDS:
    Joey:”I…I…I need a good lie..”
    Pheobe:”Oh…ok…how about the whole man walking on the moon thing??…you can..YOU CAN SEE THE STRINGS ppl!!!”

    Comment by Vivek — January 7, 2007 @ 9:46 am | Reply

  2. Hi Teal!

    First of all congrats on the new template! I like it!!

    My view on the Media is no different from the one you have painted in your post. It is really pathetic to watch them report spotting Aishwarya and Abisekh in a temple while there an upteen number of burning issues happening elsewhere. As you have writely said most news channels are backed by potical parties.
    I recall the arrest of Karunanidhi and the way the news for covered in sun tv and Jaya tv. Jaya tv was more keen on reporting that a pollice officials eye was poked by karunanidhi rather than the incident itself…
    Unless the channels reporting are indepentent of the influence of any political parties such incidents would continue to happen…

    Comment by Hari — January 7, 2007 @ 5:04 pm | Reply

  3. wat we get 4m news channels r seemingly true facts..we’ll have to guess on wat mit have really happened..Maybe a rule should be brought out that no political partymen can own any news channel or for that matter be involved with it until they r in politics..Otherewise the truth will more likely betampered with & distorted & be given to us..

    Comment by Hell's Angel — January 8, 2007 @ 11:37 am | Reply

  4. Heavens! I am impressed! Another Teal fanatic! Its hard to get people who are attracted to this amazing colour…

    What you say is true. We, ordinary citizens are veritably ‘overloaded’ by the media. And Pg3 news gets a heck of a lot of coverage. I mean what do I care if some Brit prince got a girlfriend or had to show his butts to his military trainer? We, the people of India, do not have anything to do with Britain anymore from 15th of August 1947!
    Apart from this, people blindly follow the media. Its like that woman who was arguing with this man about potato crops being worse that year. The woman said it was going to be much better, the man said it was going to be worse. The next day, she comes back and tells the man that he was right, as the local newspaper had told so. The man was the editor of the newspaper!

    Comment by Prince Kazarelth — January 14, 2007 @ 8:44 am | Reply

  5. @Teal : The entertainment industry is just a huge business, so at the end of the day, the media doesn’t really care if the truth is being published, all that matters to them is increasing viewership and readership, and this is possible only by distorting facts and publishing them, thereby making it more interesting to the average reader. And if they do publish some real news like a murder or a robbery, it is only to increase readership again, because such shocking news captures an audience, it is not because they are bound to enlighten the world on the happenings in the real world. It may not be exactly what we want, but I wouldn’t really blame the media, they’re just doing what they can to survive and compete with other newspapers or TV channels. Like a great man once said, “While in Rome, be a Roman!!!”

    Comment by Brat — January 31, 2007 @ 11:40 pm | Reply

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