The chaos. The gnawing eyes. The inside story. The explicitly of the reactions on unraveling the “true” behind it all. – Oh, you can’t help but not deny about how much of an obsessive controversy lover an average new age Indian is. Perhaps, this is one trait which stands as a strong evidence as to why the media has indeed emerged to become extremely powerful in the world’s largest democracy, over the recent times.
An illusion beyond reality
I recently witnessed a heated discussion which eventually led to an argument. On listening to the same further, it came to my understanding the intensity and the manner in which an average viewer/reader is influenced and affected by how the current state of affairs are presented to him by any form of media for that matter, is indeed quite appalling. While penning down this piece, I somehow got reminded of a saying that was posted on a popular social networking site that threw light on how the media gives to you, what exactly it wants you to know, and not always about what you must know. Be it the brutality of extreme aggression and violence of any kind, the ugly strategy of blowing things out of proportion for a mere surge in the TRP is not just a very degenerating trend that’s catching up quite fast but something you, as a responsible viewer must beware of, as the new age Indian is not just short of time to read and analyze everything that he lays his eyes on or reads on a daily basis, but also very impulsive to look beyond the big picture and think favorably upon an issue and perhaps, nobody knows this better than the newsmakers themselves.
Are you being your own judge
With due respects to the media and entertainment industry, my point of the blog is to not undermine the credibility of the press or the digital and visual media, but would rather be to wake the common man who is vulnerable to all the explicitly amidst him. The point is to not to refrain from paying heed to what a newspaper or news channel has to say, but to make an honest assessment instead of just retrieving every detail of the information that is presented to you, and make your judgments accordingly. For, let’s not forget that it is the world’s largest democracy and it is rightfully your duty and responsibility to think for yourself. It indeed does require substantial efforts to get to the pulse of the viewer as that’s exactly how a story sells. So the next time your eyes fall on a feature that is teamed with a catchy headline or have come across a recent footage of a controversial issue, think twice, for, given the competition and pressure that the media acquaints, it is only normal to spice up an already spiced up controversy, all for the sake of an increased viewership. So coming to the main point, news should be taken as a component which increases your awareness about a particular issue and not entirely influence your opinion on the same. News must be used as a tool for getting an insight into what the real story is about and not evoke the aggressive beast in you so much that, you would engage in lashing out at someone else with an opinion which differs from yours.
Keep Calm and look through the tainted glass: Keep calm and thou shalt not believe and evoke negative reactions at every fact that is being thrown at you. Take your stand. The media or any other” reliable” source for that matter, shouldn’t be the sole deciding factor on how you react or formulate your opinion. Be your own judge in order to keep the sanity intact. Be informed, not influenced. Quite the media savvy kind, aren’t you?
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