Sunday, January 29, 2012

MEDIA


Attack on White House: A wake up call for Corporate Media


     The only day when a large number of netizen across the whole world clicked their keyboard to know the tidings of  the incident of a smoke bomb was thrown over the fence of the White House as hundreds of Occupy protesters massed outside the gates, none of them was permitted to know what the Occupy Wall Street(OWL) is! As per wikipedia, the most visited sites for a common man, declared 24 hours blackout against the SOPA(Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA(Protect IP Act." ("IP" stands for "intellectual property."), the act which is supposed to be implemented by the United States of America shortly. Two co-incidences, first alleged nation was the same and second, demand for the same as one demand for their right to live and liberty and the other is demonstrating for a fright for his right to speech and expression.

According to details provided by Wikipedia “ These bills are presented as efforts to stop copyright infringement committed by foreign web sites, but in our opinion, they do so in a way that would disrupt free expression and harm the Internet.” World saw a tailspin in the favour of SOPA or PIPA and finally now the legislation is in ‘waiting’, as FDI in retail sector in India, at least! Except being a watershed event in the world of free speech and expression, Wikipedia’s blackout is gripping because of so many other reasons, too. This is the only early year of the decade when News of the world, a top newspaper published in the United Kingdom from 1843 to 2011, had one of the highest English language circulations had shut down. This is the decade when indelible blot of corruption, immorality, practicing against the ethics and such other serious and fithy allegation coloured on Indian Media by Nira Radia controversial tape episode, Paid News Syndrome, Fake coverage issue even a renowned English News Channel slapped heavy penalty, worth 100 crores (in case and bank guarantees) by Court. Let’s notice so many other ups and down in Indian Media Business as per Mukesh Ambani’s company partnership with Network 18, an Indian media conglomerate with interests in television, print, internet, film, mobile content and allied business. This is the decade in which Western Media coverage of Middle East revolution itself defines as a news as the same with Anti Putin campaign in Russia. On the other hand, the same Media didn’t work with the world supported campaign Occupy Wall Street as dedication and passion as earlier news stories! No need to say that the early decade of this century is most important in the glare of Media because the paradox and the basic character of Indian and Western media got exposed several times in public sphere! The emergence of social media added fuel to the fire, doubtlessly saying.        “Propaganda is to democracy what violence is to a dictatorship”. Noam Chomsky’s concept describing how mainstream media content is structured so that it forces those with dissenting voices to limit scope of answers to brief thoughts and sound bites that fit easily between two TV ads.

     According to data provided by internet, the economy of not only in USA but also in the whole world is at stake. No vacancy at all, people got unemployed and who got lucky, had to compromise with basic needs, critical human rights violation, depression, unknown fright, insecured future etc on the other hand a theme class billionaire got cream as much as he can! What a tragedy! The unemployment rate in the United States fell to 8.5 percent in December of 2011, the lowest since February 2009. From 1948 until 2010 the United States’ Unemployment Rate averaged 5.70 percent reaching an historical high of 10.80 percent in November of 1982 and a record low of 2.50 percent in May of 1953. Let’s go back to the news story of Greece recession, where are those news item? No answer. Those items went disappeared and story of Middle East violence covered them. In last September Greece’s economy sank deeper into recession in the second quarter than previously forecast, with gross domestic product contracting by 7.3% on the year, data from Hellenic Statistical Authority showed. Total economic activity in Greece in the April-to-June period reached €40.7 billion ($56.8 billion), down from €43.9 billion in the same period last year, according to the statistics agency. Investment activity for the same period plummeted 17.9 per cent. Now it’s time for India, the news that jolts Indian economic analyst is all about a plummeted in Industrial growth. During the April-November period of the current fiscal, IIP growth stood at 3.8 percent, compared to 8.4 per cent in the same period of 2010-11.According to RBI, the moderation in Wholesale Price Index(WPI) inflation is expected to continue during January as well.

      Over all the economical scene is too much treacherous across the world, the Indian economic policy is also a matter of debate but let’s ignore that importance just because Media is not alerting us! How lunatic! According to Nom Chomski, a renowned Media critic and Economic analyst, “Democracy in America is not functioning in an ideal sense but more in the sense that Loppmann noted in Public Opinion (where a specialized class of about 20 percent of the people—but who are also a target of propaganda—manages democratic functioning) and, in effect, are under control of a power elite, who more or less own the institution. The masses of people (80 per cent) are marginalized, diverted and controlled by what he calls Necessary Illations. Rarely any difference if the same comment will be passed on Indian context. Recent labours working with Maruti India declared strike but media didn’t cover them or cover with glimpse and formalities. Whatever is happening in Indian states for mining by corporate mafia has never booked even a single coloumn in Indian media .On the other hand, the coverage of F one race and Tata expo got fantastic exposure.

     Finally, it won’t be exaggerated to say that the bomb thrown into White House may be a cause of seeking media attention and coverage by Occupy Wall Street protesters. It’s a wake up call for media otherwise it will be too late and next bomb will be thrown over the Corporate Media.                                        
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