Thursday, August 30, 2007

Media


The other day during breakfast, while leaving through the news paper I came across this article called “10 reasons why BRANGELINA should spilt” in a daily supplement of a renowned newspaper. What struck me was, despite having its share of clean gossip the supplement, though newly introduced had created and maintained its standard of reporting. However, this article made me think yet again about the role of media and its limits. Years ago, way back in 1997 when princess Diana died and henceforth, several articles have been written, revealing her true self, her secrets, affairs and various escapades that supposedly helped us to know her. Since I was quite young and quite taken over by the death of a real princess, I have followed every snippet of news about Britain’s most loved princess and how many a times I have found it extremely unfair of the media to cover and probe into matters that should be left forgotten for humanitarian reasons. People who seek their 15 minutes of fame claiming to know what others don’t, others who invade others privacy to earn the brownie points to climb the ladder of progress; while the media lapps up anything and everything to boast their importance. The TRP’s rule over morality.

The role of media as traced way back when news papers were first discovered in India had a profound impact on our society and its people. It created an awareness of the happenings of contemporary times, then. And was lethal weapon used by patriots to bring to the masses the “truth” times have changed from then to now. The role of media too have undergone a sea change. Where people have dared to go on the frontiers to bring fresh reports of wars waged, from the location of earthquakes, volcano’s, tornados and hurricanes to news about which celebrity did what when and with whom. My post basically deals with gossip and paparazzi and media role in it.

The article that I was reading dealt with the reasons according to the editor why brad pitt and Angelina Jolie should split. The reasons were as lame as they will loose count of the number of children they have adopted and the children of whom they are the biological parents. Like it matters to them what you [the editor] thinks. Who are you anyways? And what right have you got to assume that the couple will spilt and why they should. They maybe rich spoilt brats but what right have anyone got to comment on their relationships. Despite their drawbacks [whatever that is] they have done what most others cannot, give a home and name to the homeless. Agreed that celebrities are public figures and what they do are in constant glare of people and the people too have a right to know about them but there is a limit to what the editor or the writer should write, freedom to express ones thought shouldn’t be done at the expense of someone’s privacy. It is however noteworthy that not only celebrities are public figures they are human beings and like ordinary people they too deserve a normal life too away room the constant glare of the people. Media is the most powerful medium ever but to maintain its position it should not violate their power by over exercising it.

10 comments:

KAYLEE said...

NICE POST:) I wanna talk to you soon:P

Priyanka Sarkar said...

agree with u as usual....been long since i visited blogoshere...n wat a way to re-start than to read ur post!!!:)
bravo..

`NEFTY said...

Oh, how I hate that type of media!

Sam said...

the media at times tries to play demi-god.. and probes too much!! it's opinion at times aren't worth two cents... its so full of crap!! especially teh page 3 stuff... the one which talks abt celebrity life and all... i mean, tell me abt teh good stuff that they are doing.. not why they shud split and all that crap!!
jeez.. anything to sell teh paper i suppose!!

AVIANA said...

hey there!

nice post! yea i find myself thinking about this all the time actually...with me wanting to be known for my artistry and all...

i strongly believe that unless the celebrity puts their personal life out there by bringing their home issues to the public (i.e. Jessica Simpson/Nick Lachey with their reality show) then people really have no business demanding to know about their private lives. ..

oh well, have a nice weekend

oomi said...

its a nice one

anurima said...

I AGREE. Completely. Now people are being asked to break up because they adopt kids. Makes a lot of sense, does it not?

phoenix said...

@everyone
:)

annie said...

Are u plannin to make a career in media by any chance? More than anytin else i envy them for gettin to see those page 3 ppl up close and personal.

Tubbyy said...

Great post. U rock kid. Wonder when u wud up the frequency of ur posts.......