Why watching the news on TV or reading the newspaper is no longer the correct way of gathering information!
NEWS ON TV
Have you ever wondered why these days the news channels are just running shows based on topics like: “How cow’s piss can be used to treat cancer?” or “Why Pakistan is afraid of Modi?” or “Why Kim Jong Un’s sister isn’t getting married?”
There are hardly one or two channels left that are actually providing “News” to the audience. About 90% of the news channels are just running irrelevant shows.
I am afraid that the whole concept of newspaper is on the verge of extinction and the only reason is that newspapers have started publishing so many advertisements that it has become quite a mind-boggling job to extract the actual information from them. They publish advertisements even on the front page. Who would want to read a newspaper with front-page advertisements?
What kind of news should be catered to the audience?
First of all, News presentations should be done in a sophisticated manner and not like dramatic daily soaps. The purpose of news is to provide unbiased and unadulterated information and make the audience aware of their surroundings. Are we really interested in knowing why the Korean leader’s sister isn’t getting married? Why Pakistan is afraid of Modi? the answer is ‘NO’. We are more concerned about why the prices of petrol and onion are rising so abruptly? Or Why education is getting costlier day by day? Or How global warming can be controlled? Are we prepared enough to deal with deadly virus outbreaks? Has the government really granted the fundamental rights to Kashmiris by removing article 370? Right?.
Then why news channels aren’t providing us the actual news?
The answer to this question is actually quite simple. Because the government doesn’t want people to question/oppose their policies or schemes. Education teaches us to raise questions and questions are like hindrances to the governance. Therefore, every government tries to distract people by keeping them busy in religious conflicts, national-antinational debates, etc. The current situation in our country is that anyone who questions the government is called ‘anti-national’. Most of the news channels are biased towards the government so they only show the good side of the government.
Now, there are possibly two reasons why news channels aren’t providing the actual news. Either they are afraid, because questioning the government can land them in trouble or they are getting paid for hiding the truth and distracting people.
So what is the solution to this problem?
The independent media or free media. Online media houses like The Quint, The Wire, Lallantop, The Citizen, The India Forum, etc. are some free media channels that are actually providing unbiased news to the people and they can thrive only with the support of people. Therefore it’s kind of our responsibility to stop the biased media by switching to the FREE MEDIA.