25 Sep 2008

News Channel...Information outlets or TRP gimmicks...

News channels....Whats the first thing/word that comes to your mind??.....Think hard...and ask urself...why do u watch news channels??...for information download...for news updates??...for stock market checks?? or just coz u have run out of things to watch on the idiot box. I have reached a phase where nothing on TV seems to interest me, (except ofcourse the all time F.R.I.E.N.D.S series) which i watch not out of interest, but to loosen up for the day.

When I was in an age where keeping myself updated on the ongoings was important, I used to find the news channels the biggest medium for information (coz i was a couch potato....literally!!!) But I find the quality of news that we see is drastically receding. Not just because of the happenings in the city...but its the way they are covered. As far as I used to know the definition of Media, they are supposed to be sharing information, instead of making accusations (not quoting anyone) or reaching conclusions. It doesnt matter where, who, how and what the news is, media is always there making the most of it...whether its MNS trying to save the culture, or Terrorists trying to blow the country apart, Abhi-Ash wedding, Gold medalist not getting a cab story...or the world coming to an end story.

I am not denying that we are supposed to be given facts and updates, but do TRPs make a difference when you are just downloading information. I just recently surfed the channels giving out their versions of the investigations of the recent blasts. I am in a way glad that they chose to keep us up-to-date on recent news, but do u have the right to make a mockery out of people? Eg. Khali, or even Rahul Mahajan or even our common man.
FEW HEADLINES: (probably from a time when the country was most peaceful and there was nothing interesting enuff to cover.)
7:30 pm: A MAN RELEASED FROM JAIL AFTER 10 YEARS.
7:40 pm: THE MAN COMES OUT OF THE JAIL.
7:45 pm: THE MAN HUGS HIS WIFE AND CHILDREN.
What is this?? a reality show for minute by minute update???? whats the point of showing a personal moment on television just to cover air time????????

I would leave it to you to decide..Is media really about information download or are these TR gimmicks...I think the movie MUMBAI MERI JAAN, really throws a little light on this issue...a must watch...Good day/night.

1 comment:

sendil said...

its very true, that news channels are trying to make money, with the kind of fake hype they create, the reason could also be competition between news channels, now its how fast you get the most related people of the Incident on your camera, and who is the best/ most relevant expert to comment on the issue. and also keeping in mind he has to be a differnt person than what your competitor showed on their news. and more over if one channel shows somthing stupid the other channel has to show somthing more stupid to survive. so i think the hype wats created is fine as long as the facts are not tampered. but its you who have the remote in your hand ,as long as the news channels dont make you feel like changing the channel they are sucessfull