Today, media has become almost as necessary as food and clothing. It is true that media is playing an outstanding role in strengthening the society; it is a mirror of the society. Its duty is to inform, educate and entertain the people. They help us to know what is going on around the world. They put their lives in danger during attacks or a natural disaster, just to inform us of the situation. It is partly because of them that awareness is spreading in the society. It is the media who shape our lives. Our lives would be incomplete without the media.
Media is the watchdog of the political democracy. If it plays its role honestly, it will be a great force in building the nation but now a days, media has become a commersialised sector eying only for news that is hot and sells. Instead of giving important information and educative programmes, all that one gets on television is sensational depiction of all news stories, their only goal being gaining television rating points.
Every issue is hyped for a day or two, so much so that you switch to any channel, they all will be flashing the same story but then when the heat is over there is no following of the case. The news then vanishes for other stories that are carrying the heat then. However, we cannot think of a world without them. Media has become so much a part of us that to recognise its impact, we need to step back and consciously think about how they shape our lives and what they are saying.
The media affects people’s perspective not only through television, but also through radio and newspapers. In this way, even messages with which we cannot agree inevitably come to us from diverse constellations of media. They can even be turned to our benefit by whetting our understanding and articulation of what we believe. Today news channels and even some newspapers are mouthpieces of some political parties.
Election and its importance in a democracy.