Have some media outlets started behaving like internet trolls?

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  1. AVERAGE INDIAN

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    This form of dog-eat-dog form of journalism shifts the goalpost from the real issue which needs to be focused on. TV coverage regarding BBC documentary India's Daughter raises many uncomfortable question

    Does the media set the agenda for discourse or does it follow the existing trend and tailor content accordingly? Many believe that in the current day and age, it's a mix of both, where the breaking news ticker is the default mode of channels. Following societal trends in news presentation and interpretation isn't essentially a bad thing. But what if some outlet does it for their own ulterior goal which can have deep reaching ramifications?

    Times Now's call for virtual censorship of NDTV airing the BBC documentary India's Daughter falls into that dangerous area where a channel internalises a mob mentality. It kind of gives vent to the tone and tenor used by internet trolls to browbeat any contrarian voice.

    India's 'largest news channel' in its marquee show The Newshour, literally gave a call to the nation and its stakeholder to ban content of a rival news channel because it was scheduled to air the 'controversial' documentary. According to judge (jury and prosecutor) Arnab, no Indian wants to see the views of a "pervert" (rape accused, Mukesh Singh). Now leaving aside the irony of speaking on behalf of all 125 crore Indians, the view for a blanket ban is essentially an antithesis to the principle of journalism. As news disseminators, our work is to educate, elucidate and show the faultlines and crevices of the society to the paying public. We are the mirror to the society and just because one side of it is ugly doesn't mean we can sweep it below the carpet. The need of the hour is for an honest conversation about a deep social malice like rape and to buckle down to work towards a line of action.

    But journalists with clout calling for a ban of content hurls us towards a slippery slope. It ends up giving legitimacy to the legions of trolls out there, who in any case are not willing to listen to any contrarian point of view. It may give more legitimacy to an already oppressive institution like the CBFC to play hardball. Is India as a Nanny State an acceptable phenomenon?

    On a daily basis, news outlets, thinkers and politicians face troll attacks on the internet. Way back in 1951, American social psychologist Leon Festinger proposed the cognitive-dissonance theory. In simple words, it means that if a certain news is contradictory to one's belief system or perception, the person is likely to get angry and agitated. Many of the internet troll reactions are a broad representation of this theory. People like to move to a state of cognitive resonance and hence the often abrasive reaction. From PK to AIB to India' s Daughter, getting offended is in fashion. And joining the public and the state is sections of the fourth estate in this instance. In case of the news channel in question, it is probably more of a sour grapes syndrome- which is also a cognitive dissonance of a kind.

    But what this petty fight actually does is disrespect the memory of the Delhi rape victim. This form of dog-eat-dog form of journalism shifts the goalpost from the real issue which needs to be focused on. While one can debate ad nauseam about BBC's 'motive' to air it, what the documentary describes is the truth, and not a figment of imagination. Hence, pitting the issue as a morality debate or one in which the invasion of the west is dissected by the media, is merely rhyming a popular school of thought which, at the end of the day, is despicable.

    Not every issue is a cause for garnering eyeballs or resorting to hashtag-activism. Some issues need sensitivity, nuance and a certain prudence in handling. Not that the channel concerned is known for being very sensitive, as the #PreityNessMess hashtag has shown us in the past. Media outlets for a long time have played bandwagon to popular public sentiments. A few years back, a Hindi news channel used to run a programme called 'Match ka Mujrim' whenever India lost a game of cricket. It projected cricketers as criminals for losing. After India crashed out in the 2007 World Cup, a mob pelted stones at houses of players. Somewhere, the media needs to exercise caution and not give in to mob frenzy, even if it means forsaking a bit of profit for this. It's the least it can do for being socially responsible.

    "News is what somebody does not want you to print. All the rest is advertising", is a famous quote (attributed to George Orwell among others) which sums up the profession we practice day in and day out. While the nature of the medium might have changed and evolved and despite the pulls and pressures of everything peripheral to it, the basic tenets of news reporting continue to be the same. It is of reporting facts and incidents as we see, without fear and favour or being judgmental of the news.

    The above mentioned quote, apart from its usual context, is particularly relevant now in the age of taking offence. Increasingly, people who have no direct stake with any particular case or news item are trying to be a voice in determining whether it should be disseminated or not. The practice should stop NOW and the fourth estate has no business to further fuel this trend. Anything news worthy needs to be reported, no matter how gory it may be so. And there are regulatory bodies who can chip in if any code of broadcasting is violated.

    At one point of the debate regarding airing of India's Daughter, the celebrity anchor in question says, "For God sake, this is not journalism!" Well, the jury may be out on that, but calling for the blatant use of censorship isn't also exactly the watermark of journalism either. And the 'voice of nation' may do well to introspect.

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    I think BBC, NYT, CNN, etc., have been trolling the information-media space for several years now. Time to call them out.
     
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    I don't quite get it.
    This "Arghya Roy" wants us to listen to their contrary views, but views against theirs are slippery slopes and brow beating.

    They must remember that "if you can't handle it don't dish it out"
     
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    curious about this coincidence of german state sponsored english media so interested in India's racism just about a week before the INDIA-AFRICA Summit. link -
    notice how the narrator conveniently forgets to mention where these ignorant notions about africa came from in the first place, which media depicted them as such which is now spread all around the less-educated and vulnerable world.
     
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    Well put.
    Of course. It is about timing. See the very first post in this thread: http://defenceforumindia.com/forum/threads/character-assassination-of-russia-by-western-media.59978/
     
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    Only idiotic 'liberal' Indians see those Bilderberg controlled channels. Common sense viewers watch RT. Not only here, but the world over. RT is the most popular channel on Youtube.
     
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    people have been calling them out for quite some time now. time to dish it out
     
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    There is a lot of 'debate' going on about 'Intolerance'.
    Why not show these people the true face of intolerance?
    I propose we have a Day Of Intolerance, like the Arabs/Muslims have Day Of Rage.

    This 'intolerance' is the vector elitists/America is trying to use to push the Arab Spring-esque 'Subcontinental Spring' into India. Modi, BJP, IB and RAW should tread very carefully now and do the needful. These are the sign of times to come and very dangerous times. Every time a country America has hated has had a strong leader, they have tried all methods to destabilise and break that country apart.
    Mark my words, we are seeing the start of a CIA/Zionist operation. If we do not do whatever needs to be done, we will be in deep trouble.
     
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    Not sure who is a liberal and who is a conservative. As Andy Rooney said, with apparent reference to US Democrats, that the liberals are very liberal with other people's money, while another person, whose name I cannot recall, said that the conservatives are very liberal when it comes to going to war.

    Now, who is this Bilderberg?
    It is time to grow the confidence and summarily dismiss these missives from the pontificatory West.
     
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    The Bilderbergers are a group of elitists who meet secretly to try and decide how the world should run. Much like the Trilateral Commission and the Bretton Woods Conference, this too is outside the scope of any government, and on top of that on an international scale.
    They very much exist, there existence is no secret, however, what they discuss and decide is. Google :)
     
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    thats whats so interesting. why Germany? if the timing is not coincidental, then we have an interesting potential development. are we seeing a closing of the western european ranks? they certainly must be feeling the heat from the rise of china and india. they no longer are great powers and try to project themselves as relevant by bandwaggoning with NATO and pretending like they have a say there. the only vehicle left for them to have a seat at the table is through EU. thats the only way germany can see itself as a challenger to india. and if it is behaving antagonistically, then is it an indicator of such a position? the start of a long game perhaps?

    assuming the 'report' wa not just coincidental, then that report must have been suggested and approved by an editor. the editor at these state medias are usually state-approved and with links to the state arm. so was a decision taken at some quarter who was aware and watching the summit?

    curious, all very curious.
     
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    dismissing is easy. but dishing it out is to cast a critical glance at them through a global desi networks. shifting the gaze and changing the narrative. time to start work on a desi RT perhaps. or why not a BBC or CNN even. why these haven't emerged despite the english language in india and the MNC mentality among the business classes is one of the great mysteries.
     
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    Bretton Woods Conference was not quite a secret, but the events that led to the bank runs prior to setting up of the US Federal Reserve are a quasi-secret and not widely discussed in public domain.
     
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    We need an RT. We have India Today (just a semantic similarity), but that is not doing quite a great job of showcasing India and India's world view, the way RT does. Many of our news agencies simply post articles from NYT, Reuters, etc., which I presume are actually purchased for a price. Ludicrous. We need our own investigative journalism. Time Now did a good job after the Commonwealth Games Scandal broke out. We need more, just like the Russians are doing, from RT, Zvezda, Life News, etc..
     
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    Completely agree.

    India Today was doing a great job till Modi came in power. Somehow it seems, it sold its soul to Kejri and related anarchist gang, and then, mission creep set in, and wah la, you have 'Intolerance'. Also, India Today has the best picture quality among Indian news channels, and their graphics are quite clear and defined. I would have voted for even indirect state funding for India Today group, if it were not for their hiring of the riot criminal Serdesai. i do not know what Jain was thinking when he decided to hand over his beautiful channel to this disgusting, disgraced and seditious individual.
     
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    We need to have a free media, whether we like what they say or not. As long as Modi keeps those NGOs under check, I think we are safe from a Kiev style sniper attack in Delhi. Modi was elected by the people. He has legitimacy. No one can deny that. What some western, or for that matter Indian media outlet says, will not be bought by the people, if it gets too rhetorical. People can be fooled for some time, but not always. That is probably why Congress lost in the first place.
     
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    We have a free media in India, and look where freedom has got us. You cannot have a free press and reasonably expect to hear your version of truth, and am not talking of propaganda either. To every story there are two versions. The free media, will not simply post your version, they will post their own, third version, fifth column. This is dangerous in the 21st century. If India could take any lesson from Arab Spring, it would be, keep the media and NGOs in check. The NGO part, GoI is doing, media should be next.

    Those were mercenaries, paid for the CIA through Right Sector. The Rights Sector sprang up from nowhere, effectively meaning they were CIA sleeper cells. Which also means there are at least 2/3 CIA sleeper cells in India at present. One would be the Islamo sleeper cell, whom they will term as moderate rebels. Another would be the intellectuals sleeper cell, which has been activated at present. These are the Ford funded ones, as you know. if they fail, the Islamo will activate. If that fails, they will try an isolation and intervention plan.

    That is correct, only the people can topple him. And the people have the full right to topple him, if they find him not to their liking and benefit. However, this will never happen. Modi is a devoted soul. So it is only the outsiders who will try to topple Modi. Obviously THEY WILL FAIL, NOW AND FOREVER. But, I do not like it when I think about the bloodshed we have to go through, just to set things right again.
     
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    India Orders Greenpeace to Shut Down Over Fraud

    http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/gree...istration-cancelled-slams-intolerance-1240860
     
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    Rights and Responsibilities go together.

    Right to Free Speech does not mean Right to Peddle Lies and Falsehoods. [See Example.]

    Those found to be peddling concoctions should be exposed, shamed, and their press credentials withdrawn, and if required, their websites/channels blocked.

    Good. Should have been done long time back. These people are a nuisance.
     
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    @spikey360 I would say few things... The freedom of speech comes with responsibility only... There shall not be anything as absolute freedom...
     
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