The Irresponsible Media

10 years back, we didn't have cable television. We were entertained by the humble Doordashan Channel, watching cartoons, a fixed number of 'good' programs on the TV..there were no hassles. Now the scene is completely different, you have a gazillion News,Cartoon and Movie channels to choose from.Variety is good, I don't complain. However it is apalling to look at the state of News channels on TV. You have the so called 'watchable' channels like NDTV or CNN IBN etc and there is a host of newbies like India TV, IBN 7 etc. which are a piece of crap.

-BREAKING NEWS : Rani Mukherji has broken her thumb (omg thats national crisis), Shahid Kapur and Vidya Balan were seen talking!, Is Riteish Deshmukh gay? Then there's one show where a Baba with a laptop tells you some 'mantras' for your cold, or your success in the board exams. This does happen, I'm sure all you of you tune into these channels for some entertainment too!

Take The Aarushi Murder Case, IBN 7 has already come up with the verdict, why does the CBI even bother to investigate then? News channels are cashing in on this so called 'biggest murder mystery ever'. If they run out of news on Aarushi or the Nuke Deal or false sting operations, then guess what! Rakhi Sawant comes in. This happens (sadly) on every single news channel, unfortunate but true. Everything is blown out of proportion, Everything is BREAKING NEWS!! Well, I'm really not aware of the solution to this problem as of now but I thought its worth mentioning it here.

Another thing that has become a habit among all the news channels (or atleast most of them) is blaming and incessently criticising the Government for everything that happens. Aren't we as a society to blame on what's happening around us? have we forgotten the government is 'us' and not a group of people who've descended from the heavens above? Wake up!

Well, thats all for now. Your views on this topic are welcome!



ankeita bharadwaj said...

nw dats wat i call a totally intellectual article...hvnt read such an article 4 y dnt u gt it published in toi or ht like tushar?i highly recommend dat 2 u sweethrt...:-D

Tushar Mangl said...

After realizing how beautifully this article has been written, i feel both jealous and insecure :P
The crap channels you talk about,
when they show some program
they will shout in your ears
"Kya aapke ghar main beti hai
Kya aap..............
Dekhiye hamari report..."
I mean the way they shout, the voice echoes
and red and black writings
mann karta hai, i should smash that tv on his head.[Buts its only a year old, so i control :(]
_ _ _
And youu are right,we are to be blamed as a society.We watch these channels, so they make money.
They show what is monetary feasible.Question is why people [like Akriti & ankeita :P ] watch such shows or channels which have so much crap in it???
Great thoughts penned wonderfully
Keep up the great work...

Gauri Mathur said...

i totally agree wid u my friend Akriti,,its really a clear picture of how media is takin disadavntage of tere powers,,tey hav to act as responsible in todays world tere jus so very irresposible n tey r soo engrossed in jus makin tere channel a supreme one widout realising tere true responsiblity..
tis short,simple n staright article is really an eye opener...
gud wrk dear..:-)
carry on tis gud wrk..i wud love to read mo of ur articles..keep on blogging..
take care.

somalee said...

hey akriti..
dat was actually very beutifully written..keep up d good work..

Devanshi said...

Hey nice article..Thogh m coming from media i have the same opinion about so called 'breaking news' of some news channels...Amitabh ki aankho me aansu kyon aaye!!!!... I mean wt is this!!!

But somehow itz a 2way run...Channels show this because somehow ppl like 2 see this. though viewers say dt I hate this crap but at other side a curiosity to know the fact plays in their mind n they watch the it is like a circle..channels show n ppl see..ppl see channels show....But yes I agree it is really sad 2 see the standard of news some channels are serving...Being a media prfsnl many times I have been asked 2 comment on this...n ppl directly point out on ppl like me jus coz m a part of this profession but I do agree News should look like 'news'

there will be blood said...

ya. gud article...i agree with wat u have said...who cares abt....rakhi getting married?????there are lots of small kids..who dont get to eat..y are these ppl wasting lots of time on...showing crap on tv...y cant they expose....all the illegal activities..of most of the mp's and mla's..they are afraid cuz they have also done some illegal activities and they need protection...god save this country...