Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Media as cheerleaders for power politics

“If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.” Malcolm X

Unfortunately, in AP and across India, Media has become a controller of politics whereas it should have played its actual role, that of a social institution with a responsibility to report on facts. Just report and leave it to you and me to interpret and make decisions.

The age-old criteria of mass hysteria only got a boost with the media, upon which they are riding to make some big money. A recent phenomenon that is evident in India and particularly AP is ‘paid news’ which is now estimated at 1000 crore industry AP alone. The corporate houses of media, as against a social institutions, surrender their loyalties to a party that they think is of use to them both politically and financially. All you need is money to invest in media houses so they get busy into the lunatic act called ‘Media Mass Hysteria’ through which they try to convert people’s loyalties to whoever the master is that paid them.
Media turned cheerleaders for the power politics that only seem to get worse day by day. I am sure they don’t mind becoming strippers if their commanding political entities order a sensual show to revel people into their charm.

The only possible solution lies in people resisting Media Mass Hysteria (just like they would resist Mass Hysteria, read back my Mass Hysteria article in this blog for some ideas on boycotting Mass Hysteria through a positive catalysis) and not look up to the rotten media houses to make decisions for them.

Shame on such media. Pity on people who rely on such media houses to form an opinion, to make a decision

Edit on 22nd: While the rest of the media is feasting on sensationalism out of show of wealth and opulence in the name of protests for farmers, Prof P. Sainath writes a bold article about the oncomming mayhem in AP and my only reliable media house, The Hindu boldly publishes it. You can read it here Those Other problems in AP by P.Sainath