“I disagree with what you say, but I will defend your right to say it.” -Voltaire
This quote by Voltaire, adequately represents our freedom of speech. But that is not the case in our contemporary world. The modern media is fast, spread over the entire world and is the only source of information for majority of the people. Due to this particular situation, the media has acquired a new power, a power that can be abused as well as be used for the betterment of the society.
We watch the news, read newspapers, listen to the radio and come to know about what is going on in the world. The media is responsible for bringing information to us all and keep us posted. But the power it has gained due to this responsibility in recent years is an important one. The power to mould public opinion. Media can present the news the way it wants us to see it and not many of us have the time to cross-reference and check the information or the other side of the story and a form an opinion of our own. It is the media which is forming our opinions.
It is the responsibility of the media to present to us unbiased views and information on a particular news item, except on news that has a very straightforward approach, like a terror attack. Not only that, but it should also sensationalize news items that are worth the time and resources. News items like “which actor got married to whom” is not important to us in our immediate lives, unnecessary news items take the spotlight most of the times and sideline the information that is actually supposed to be presented to the people of the world. Media is an amazing platform for bringing to the spotlight, issues and conflicts, but they should do so keeping in check the moral values of our society and not hurt them.
There is no arguing that media plays a critical role in almost all spheres of our lives, whether it be politics, economy, sports or entertainment. It should realize its importance and its influence over the people and do the job it is supposed to do, and do justice to it.