When I was born, all of a sudden a stranger entered our house as a guest. He had things to tell everyone in house. He gave the world news to my grand dad and dad. He gave recipes and hand work tips to my mom and made me laugh by his animated narration. Everybody in the house seemed to love him.
Suddenly after becoming familiar with our home, he one day started drinking in the middle of the house. Though shocked, we were hooked to him and listened to things he had to say. He had so much things to say everyday from various quarters of the world. And now he is bringing all the shit and became a part of family in not only my house but across the nation I would say.
He is called Television.
I have nothing against media and TV. It is a wonderful tool which brought lot of things to our doorsteps. But now a days it seems they are overdoing it. I am not going to talk about other aspects of television but news and reporting. This is one rotten piece of department in the entire industry in my opinion. I read this shocking news today morning and I am not able to digest it.
The same thing happened in Tamilnadu, when a leading news channel and weekly uncovered a so called scandal about Nithyanandha. Apparently he was in a room with a disciple. It was recorded and was run repeatedly in prime time in major news channel. Since whatever happened there was consensual and these people didnt know they were recorded, it cannot be called as porn. But what the television did was broadcasting uncensored video clipping which may have adverse effects. The website of the weekly went one step ahead and offered to provide uncensored clipping if we pay one year’s subscription. How cheap can they get?
And the filming girls coming out of the pub and getting into the car for their late night news. Who the hell gave you right to sneak into ordinary people’s life and publish their photo or showing their faces in TV channels? Who should be hold responsible if an innocent life is spoiled? And the excuse they say is crime and sex sells. By that they mean, they can record a girl from any angle, since she is coming out of the pub and may be drunk. This is otherwise a punishable offense in this country I believe. Your audience is what you build my dear people. Now an uneducated person will not treat a girl coming out of the pub the way she should be treated. Rather he will try to take advantage of her or assault her sexually because the media showed him its OK to leer at women like her. The cameraman was doing just that with his camera.
This is today some women, tomorrow it may be you or me recorded and telecasted without our consent. There should be stricter laws about what should be recorded and what should be telecasted. Making a rowdy a hero in a crime scene and showing gory details of his death is not what we pay for dear media. All we need is a objective reporting.
And I dare say you are the reason for the stress of most of young people in any metro today. There is a enormous responsibility in hands of people who wield mike and camera. You have the power of writers who once changed the thought process of the world. You have the power of artists who define what beauty is. With great power comes great responsibility. If your actions is harming an unassuming civilian, how can you go to bed in peace that day? I hope things will change in future.
Till then, F**K YOU!!!
P.S. I too have some journalist friends. They are dedicated to their work. But the bosses of the media house who think that they know the pulse of audience and some greedy reporters to provide fodder for them is what concerns me. I know the hardship each and every reporter, journalist go through to bring truth to light. My Salutes to them.