("Media" here means "television news channels"..)
They say its the age of media, of free expression.
What they don't say is that its an age of unnecessary magnification of politics..
What constitutes India?
Just these corrupt conniving political class?(there may be exceptions.)
Its unfortunate for the audience and shameful of media, that today a common Indian is deprived of
balanced and sensible news.
The political news has virtually hijacked the airtime and airspace of news channels.
Its just too much of politics..
Its true that, in present times, news is not just about "information", its about "information and analysis", but in the name of analysis what we witness is noise, hype and distraction.
What we witness is called "overanalysis".
Analysis needs to be done by neutral analysts or "political commentators".
Unfortunately, what we witness is sensationalism and callous finger pointing by representatives of political parties.
The news channel discussions become a sort of "akhaadaa" for party representatives to push their agenda, which is obviously against rival parties.
The recent emphasis on politics behind food security bill is also outrageous.
Why not a discussion on food security bill's provision?
Why on politics behind it?
The recent "puppy" remark by Narendra Modi was discussed for approximately 3 long days(as per my observations) and that too during prime times.
I wonder, what was such a great thing about that petty remark?
It is evident, they report what is "sellable" and negativity as you know is an unavoidable ingredient of a "breaking news" today.
I do not say we have to be unrealistically positive or be optimistic, but exaggerating negativity is immoral.
The responsibility of media is not to cater to the user's desire of entertainment or gossip, its about reporting news in an unbiased way and to force people to think and thereby empower the voter and improve the society.
I do consider political news as important, because its directly related to our life, but its not the sole important thing.
As we know, the infringement by one is the loss of other, the overemphasis on politics has led to underreporting of several other issues.
Literature has been the reason of revolution umpteen number of times.
Literature is highly ignored. There are hardly handful of shows on the news channels which report about developments in the field of literature. Most of these shows are by english channels.
The situation of hindi channels is worse.
Where are those shows which educate us about laws, about civic sense, about our rights to make us better citizens?
Why can't news channels be a source of general education?
Science is another neglected field.
Why do not channels regularly try to track the research by our hardworking, deserving scientists and educate people and thereby motivate researchers?
I hardly found a so called analysis by media on recent launch of India's first navigation satellite.
Don't the people involved in the project deserved a pat on their back?
Won't their achievement inspire youth?
Its painful when channels prefer to retelecast the political interviews and discussions, thereby avoiding areas mentioned above.
Its responsibility of media to not just report or inform, but to empower people and change them..:)
P.S. : There are also some wonderful works done by media and journalists, but unfortunately they are few.
I wrote above article just to highlight the defects in present media, because its a very powerful medium and I believe its improvement will contribute tremendously to nation's improvement.
I do respect media and actually wanted to be a journalist..:P
Hope, it proves to be a constructive criticism..:)