INDIAN MEDIA-THEN AND NOW
Remember switching on Doordarshan in 90’s and hearing the reporters giving news for 10 minutes, and now do you remember switching on to the news channels, well you will definitely remember because of all the drama they have on it. Indian media is equal to the word sensational, isn’t it? Especially the television ones. Even an ant seems like a leopard to them, and then it is portrayed in the same in front of the people expecting them to believe. Earlier, news channels were considered as a credible source of ground reporting that provided ‘information’ to people.
The inferences and judgment of the news were left to the conscience of the viewers. However, that is not the case now. Today’s journalists and anchors usually go beyond the scope of just ‘reporting’ the news by giving their personal verdict of the matter, giving the viewers very little space to think on their own. Anchors of debates act more like judges rather than mere mediators. The inclination of media houses towards certain political parties and business houses have given rise to biased-journalism. They have been used as tools to influence and tweak people’s thoughts. Political parties and corporate houses use them to increase their vote-bank and market value respectively.
Social Media in Journalism
Internet especially the social media has re-defined Journalism. More and more people depend on social media for breaking news. They serve as a platform to read about different perspectives. Also, the prevalence of blogging, Facebook and Twitter have given rise to citizen journalism wherein even a common man has an option to report, criticize and comment on topics. This has made the traditional media more accountable about what they broadcast. Any hypocrisy, prejudice or bias shown in their reporting immediately gets mocked and shamed on the Social Media. Example: the Indian cricket fans used the #ShameOnTimesNow hashtag to slam Times Now channel for sensationalizing Team India’s defeat at the previous World-Cup.
Evolution is inevitable in any industry, with media being no exception. However, the purpose of evolution should not bypass a collective cause. India has many serious issues that require attention, like poverty, corruption, illiteracy, etc. Jessica Lal Murder case is an example of how the media can play an influential role in social causes. Power of media together with the support of citizens can be a threat to anyone who brings a hindrance to the country’s growth. But this power now is been misused by the journalist who is very easily manipulated.
Journalism is what maintains democracy. It’s the force for progressive social change, by Andrew Vachss this saying is quite changing the appearance of journalism by journalists effusing to understand the meaning of journalism, right?