Saturday, June 25, 2011

Mess media

Facebook. MySpace. Friendster. Twitter. YouTube. Just to name a few of media’s biggest contributors. A survey was done recently by a group of young students who went around asking teenagers of the ages 13 to 17 on their hobbies. Approximately 78% of them answered surfing the Internet as a hobby. It may be good and it may be bad. Good in the sense that children are learning and exploring new found knowledge in the Internet. Bad when we do not know that one click can change a person’s life. It is what we call the effect of Mass Media. The media is what some may say, the best thing that has ever happened to man kind. It varies from so many kinds like such the Internet, newspapers, radio and the television. The mass media has successfully taken over the place of a dog to be mans best friend. But imagine. How would our lives be like with none at all? If the media were to disappear all of a sudden, would it bring goodness or would it make our current life crash.

Since Buddha, Jesus, the prophet Muhammad and religion in whole came to this world, it has never been better. Religion stepped into the lives of many changing them for the better and putting them on a right path. Other than that, religion helps us understand the importance of living our life to the fullest and still maintaining a disciplined lifestyle. “Thank God for religion.” However if there is religion, what would explain the stigma against races? What would explain the growing number of teenage pregnancies? The number of dilemmas in our world is increasing day by day and in order for us to solve this complex equation, we have to go down into the roots that cause this problem. (No offence to those who love mathematics)

To all who are reading this article, do you ever judge people by what they wear? If yes, why? Yes, you’ve guessed it, the media. Shows like “Fashion Police” hosted by the one and only big mouth, Joan Rivers. Her criticism over other peoples clothing has teenagers exemplifying her. Teens are isolating other teens who are fashion disabled due to financial problems or just the lack of style. What will this create people? A community with a strong bond? NO. Instead, it creates a township of people torn apart by materialistic mindsets. Can you believe that this is all because of one woman’s criticism on the TV? I am not only talking about Joan Rivers as there are many more celebrities like Janice Dickinson and modeling shows like America’s Next Top Model where they take woman who are only in the size 2. This is outrageous and this just makes the number of anorexic and bulimic diseases increase amongst young women. Do we need this? Seriously, do we?

Wikileaks. Currently, the most controversial website in the world. Not that anyone is keeping track. WikiLeaks is an international non-profit organization that publishes submissions of private, secret, and classified media from anonymous news sources and news leaks. Its website, launched in 2006 under The Sunshine Press organization, claimed a database of more than 1.2 million documents within a year of its launch. WikiLeaks describes its founders as a mix of Chinese dissidents, journalists, mathematicians, and start-up company technologists from the United States, Taiwan, Europe, Australia, and South Africa. Julian Assange, an Australian Internet activist, is generally described as its director. Ladies and gentlemen if you want to cause global instability, do what he did. Create a webpage like his and next time, decline interviews like him.

I can go on and on about the Mess the media is making. However, without it we would be stranded. Mark Zuckerberg’s creation of Facebook has all of us connected. What would we do to overcome current problems? Quoting John Lennon, “ All you need is Love”. The Love I’m talking about isn’t the passionate love some of you are thinking of but the love for all things. If we love ourselves, others and also love what we do, we can once again make the world a better place. And now quoting the late Michael Jackson, if you’re in a fight, “Beat it”. If you’re insulted by what people say, its “human nature”. Lastly, if you want to correct something, start with the “Man in the mirror”.