Misuse of Social Media: Hype or Truth??

Indian leading actor’s comment, India becoming more intolerant has stirred a controversial debate.

India as a matter of fact is at a same place in terms of intolerance, but it is getting more insensitive and noisier. Social media plays a crucial role in conditioning the mind of every individual with news of whatever happening around.

One of the folklore about gang of thieves: one of the thieves watched a man walking in forest, carrying a goat on which gang wanted to feast. One thief appeared and asked, “Why are you carrying a dog on your shoulder?” man laughed at him. Few miles later another thief asked same, the man ridiculed his comment and went on. After some distance another thief appeared and asked same, the man ignored him but started to question his own belief. Then fourth member appeared, this time man took a good look at goat for verification. Next the fifth and sixth member bumped on him with same question. Finally man felt convinced that he is carrying a dog instead of goat. He abandoned the goat in the forest and gang of thief had a great feast.

This is what present day journalism under the pretext of “Freedom of Press” is all about.

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Right from the days of partition and its bloody aftermath, major and minor communal clashes and caste difference problems were a periodical phenomenon in India.

Even in the recent period, according to data from the Ministry of  Home Affairs (MHA) there had been 823 cases of communal violence in 2013, 644 in 2014, and 633 this year up to October.

So, the fact is that India has remained just as tolerant or intolerant all along, but what makes the present situation noisier or insensitive is the spread and the speed of news channels, and most importantly, their high decibel levels. Today’s social media lacks both authenticity and accountability. For the sake of TRPs whole scenarios has been over dramatized and it appears as though the country is getting intolerant by the day.

Our visionary late President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam too realized that the Indian media is too negative. Quoting a phrase by Dr Kalam

 

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Why is the media in India so negative?

Why are we in India so embarrassed to recognize our own strengths, our achievements? We are such a great nation. We have so many amazing success stories but we refuse to acknowledge them. Why?

We are the first in milk production.

We are number one in Remote sensing satellites                                                       .

We are the second largest producer of wheat.

We are the second largest producer of rice.

 

Look at Dr. H Sudarshan, he has transferred a tribal village into a self-sustaining, self-driving unit. There are millions of such achievements but our media is only obsessed in the bad news and failures and disasters.

I was in Tel Aviv once and I was reading the Israeli newspaper. It was the day after a lot of attacks and bombardments and deaths had taken place. The Hamas had struck. But the front page of the newspaper had the picture of a Jewish gentleman who in five years had transformed his desert into an orchid and a granary. It was this inspiring picture that everyone woke up to. The gory details of killings, bombardments, deaths, were inside in the newspaper, buried among other news.

Its really important not just media but every Indian should change their attitude, look at the brighter side and spread positivity around. It doesn’t mean that we should overlook the issues around us but don’t let that negativity clog the sunny side of our life.

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