Viewer Discretion Required: The Reality of ‘New’ media

Importance of Viewer Discretion to cope up with prevailing media bias

You switch on the news channel and see a person shouting at the highest of his lungs trying his best to make you think that the establishment is ‘always’ right. You flip the channel and are welcomed by a man who barely resembles Imran Khan, mimicking the Pakistani PM. Yet one more channel flip and comes a person on your TV screen, taking sarcastic digs at the screaming anchor while propagating his agenda.

News media in today’s context holds a particularly complex place. While there is no denying that in a democratic country, journalism and news act as power balancers and checkers. The commercialisation of news that has come up to be the truth as a consequence of competition and TRP races, has caused sensationalisation of stories. So something like PM visiting his mother is given more coverage than a crucial subject. Not just this but the increasing competition has also led to journalism counting on political parties for funds, thus biased news presentation.

Social Media: The New News Source
Social Media: The New News Source

For a short time, social media sites were considered the perfect successor. Since social media didn’t believe TRP’s, it had been assumed that bias wouldn’t seep in there. But social media comes with its perils. In some other context, the ‘personalised content’ trait of Social Media would be appreciated but within the context of stories, personalised content causes you to sleep in a bubble. You’ll be shown the content, you engage the foremost with. So if you follow leftist accounts, your opinion will progress from what’s shown as facts on those accounts. Which entirely kills the motive of stories within the first place. News should only present events as they’re happening. What to form of it should dwell in the hands of the audience, which, unfortunately, isn’t the case, right now. Social Media has also caused a faster spread of lies. Independent journalism, that became a fad with youngsters like Dhruv Rathee and Pratik Sinha could have brought change but even then the importance of viewer discretion can’t be neglected.

Need of the hour is that the ‘spectator’ becomes the ‘questioner’.

Ravish Kumar, Journalist, NDTV

The circumstances that we live in mandates every citizen to actively pursue true news. To become what they call, “active citizens”. To understand everything about everything and keep an open mind with well-formed opinions. As a citizen of a democratic country like India, it’s our responsibility to not just receive news but actively engage with it. We can not stop watching the news altogether since it’s only when we hear differing opinions that we get to introspect and see if we truly believe in what we are saying. The trick is to seek out a balance between the consumption of news and it’s analysis.

ANTI-SOCIAL MODE OF COVID-19

COVID-19 and THE WORLD

“First, do take out some time to appreciate yourself for being COVID-19 free. Secondly,let us hope for the recovery of COVID-19 patients out there. And last, stay safe and protect your loved ones too.”

You thought only humans could change the world? Well, it seems like a little virus can even bring drastic change throughout the globe.

COVID-19

204 days of lockdown already and counting more. COVID-19 just locked everyone in the cage since 11 March 2020. The cases would be increasing rapidly, and the mortality rate is rising along with that number of people recovered is also growing. So, what is it decreasing?

COVID-19

Our interest in other humans is decreasing. We are becoming more anti-social and avoiding people. People who used to call and chat every day are now not picking up the call just because they will have to talk. Self- realization that the world is fake, and they were born alone, and they will die alone is on the verge.

Anti-social special club

In today’s age, you do not have much a choice either you get social or get left behind.COVID-19 pandemic has caused a sharp rise in xenophobia (https://www.dictionary.com/browse/xenophobia). Toxic behaviours have taken a heavy toll on society, especially during these daunting times.

The spreading of online anti-social behaviour is not unique to the COVID-19 pandemic. People are showing anti-social behaviours such as hate speeches, cyberbullying, harassment, and usage of offensive languages. This type of anti-social behaviour has not only created chaos among individuals, but it also results in violent hate crimes. Therefore, this undesirable anti-social behaviour needs to get in control as it adds more problems to the already existing crisis.

The lockdown has brought profound changes in the lifestyle of people. People who loved to travel and eat outside now confined to the four walls of their rooms. With more people spending more and more time at home, even the small issues of the house now magnified. There is a 39% increase in noise nuisance complaints.

Various countries are facing different types of issues in this pandemic. The UK saw 55% increased drug dealing cases between March to June, created a much-needed respite in local areas.

This effect of ASB (Anti-Social Behavior) mostly affect youngsters. People now do not want to connect to anyone. Earlier when school, colleges, offices were open at least, it was their daily work to interact with people due to whatever reasons. Now it seems like they found a perfect way to avoid people which is not a good sign of a healthy relationship.

Introverts are having the best time right now. They do not have to socialize anymore to anyone. If they want, can live peacefully among themselves. But the extroverts are facing a rough time now. This pandemic is having a significant effect on them.

Introvert-Extrovert

Try to be in touch with everyone. Please do not let pandemic take away your favourite people. We all hope that it gets over soon We can live our lives generally as it was before.

Here are some sites to help you to deal with Anti-Social Behavior:

https://www.supportline.org.uk/problems/anti-social-behaviour

https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/more-us/why-choose-us/specialist-services/antisocial-behaviour-services