Sensationalism and emotions


Someone once said to me ‘There is a fine line between sensationalizing to draw attention, and sensationalizing it so much that the attractiveness of it numbs your mind’. This could not be any more true with the media crossing all lines to attract a bigger audience and make more money.

Having recently seen the last few episodes of Bigg Boss, the Indian counterpart of the ‘Big Brother’, quite a few things about the show have disturbed me greatly. The show lately introduced a new contestant in the house apparently realizing the ‘monotony’ and ‘calmness’ of the show. Any trivial arguments between the house mates would soon be sorted out by a peaceful discussion and all would be happy at the end of the day.

I wonder why the producers of the show were not happy with the show getting on as it was? Ever since the arrival of this new contestant, there has been complete mayhem in the house. Personal attacks, foul language, and conspiracies have reached an all-time high and the ‘peace’ in the house is now a story of the past. The most disturbing bit of the new entrée is that she is an ex-lover of another participant’s ex-husband (yes, mind boggling).  The play of emotions here is simply disgraceful.

The media seems to have forgotten about the thin line between senstitvity and sensationalism.  Mental and emotional torcher seems to have become the new funda for these entertainment channels.

Oh, this is not to say that the news channels haven’t caught up. Who can forget the immense, unadulterated coverage of the Mumbai 26/11 attacks? All that competition to be the first to cover the most of the events cost the victims of the terror attack, the NSG and the country as a whole. Hardly has the media learnt its lessons.

The coverage of the Commonwealth Games’ sites in Delhi vindicates my point.One dirty toilet and one betel-nut juice stain became the focus of an entire 30 minute news bulletin. The amount of exaggeration on the part of the media about the housing facilties, hygiene, security etc yet again has cost the country and the people in a big way. We are still dealing and will continue to deal with the repercussions of all the bad press and the losses the country incurred as a result of this bad press.

So, at this point all I can say is, ‘Thank you very much Mr. Reporter, Mr. Producer and all you jerks who have brought the Indian Entertainment industry to this trashy turn in the history of television . I am disgusted.’

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2 thoughts on “Sensationalism and emotions

  1. The media here in Canada does it too. All the hype over the Commonwealth Games was all over the news. The dirty rooms and the fact that Canada almost pulled out totally was on every night in the lead up to the games. Only CBC covered the games, and it did not make even the CTV newscasts.

    As for Big Brother, if you think what you have there is bad you should see what they do here in the US. The last season wrapped a few weeks ago here and it was mayhem as well. Dirty laundry is the name of the game to get ratings.

    We got a fair bit of news about Mumbai here as well. It got covered from front to back and sideways. And we even got exposees on the event in documentaries as well.

    Reality shows are poison to the heart and mind.

    Jeremy

  2. It is sad and shameful that the media nowadays is straying from its responsibilities. It is one thing to cover the truth, but another to exaggerate it and forget about the national image, more importantly, the people who are being dealt with.
    I hope the media soon realizes this and a reformation in at least some areas is brought in for a healthy TV watching experience.

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