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News channels: News or nonsense?
These days most news channels seem to have forgotten the difference between news and nonsense. Life would be incomplete without a sinister appearance of Rakhee Sawant or the great Khali. Now it is up to the viewers to make the right choice of news.
A DAY in the life of the ‘aam aadmi’ would never be complete without a sinister appearance from the new age pavitra Bharatiya nari, Rakhee Sawant, an update on the phenomenal transfer of Lord Shiva’s powers to WWE wrestler – the great Khali, a more recent unearthing of a female version of Khali, whose balloon-blowing act on her rooftop inspired me to monkey-jump on my seat with childlike joy and not to forget, brought a halt to life in the world’s second most populous country.
If there is nothing to enlighten us with, then create something and let us know. That is to say, serve something overcooked and utterly bitterly flavourless that finds its way into the everyday diet of the common man. This seems to be the modus operandi of the mainstream media in this path-breaking era of television journalism, where there is hardly any difference between news and nonsense. The difference has been minimised to a negligible measure called ‘choice’. We can only choose to see it or not to see it. But this is what you will get best.
You can actually laugh off the news stories and loosen up and be ignorant of those, but its spine-chilling manipulation of Hindi to generate propaganda is something you should think about in earnest. The national language has been reduced to a literary exhibition of bedroom antics between couples, untamed in sexual intercourse.
If the Best Hindi News Channel and the Best Entertainment Channel awards, handed out by the Indian Television Academy for the last few years, have been won by ‘Aaj Tak’ and ‘Star Plus’ respectively, then it definitely proves that there is only one major criterion considered – television rating point (TRP)! These awards are scandalous, in a way of saying. These provide disputable widespread acclaim and a source of motivation that is not doing anything right. Credibility is the need of the hour. Till then, make the right choices.
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