Public life of writers and artists is meant to inspire others and expand human potential and possibilities. However, our politicians have pushed our most expressive and eloquent citizens to a position where they’re forced to discuss harmful things.
Who will hold the media to account when it starts to cave in to forces that do not have our best interests in mind? Our knowledge about it, our anger against it, and our demands for it are as good as non-existent. Join this movement to spread media literacy.
The liberal discourse will find it difficult to promote its progressive winds until it learns to work WITH the current realities, and not deny or ignore it condescendingly.
Not everyone has the desire or the eye to identify and be bothered if an image has been photoshopped to influence their thoughts. Reversing the rot requires us all to be aware of the trickery we are being made conduits for.
Discussing freedom of the press and censorship is not just the media’s business; it’s OUR business. And so is the objectivity of the media: a participative democracy is as much about demanding a free, unbiased media, as it is about seeking honest lawmakers and ministers.
For once, we must prioritise the principle of why free media must exist, much above the biases of the media (read, paid media) and the biases in our own minds (read, “presstitute”). We must understand why the media exists and how it would serve us best.
While the freedom to express protects one’s most basic human rights, some reasonable restrictions are required to protect the existing systems of which one is part of.
Satirical news websites are not sharp, witty and edgy. Despite a good start, they have fallen back on a formula.
The initial Tribune story about alleged rapes in Murthal, with no victims and limited evidence, raises questions about reporting during social unrest when rumours abound.