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enrique1234
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Robert_Weiler
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Is the press nowadays more sensational and less responsible?

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Started: 8/29/2014 Category: News
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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enrique1234

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If we look at the various functions of the Media, they are Information, Interpretation, Education, Entertainment and Evaluation. Media informs the people on what is happening around. It interprets the issues for the benefit of the people. It educates the people on various schemes, plans and programmes of the Govt. It entertains the people through various arts and cultural forms. It also evaluates the functioning of the systems in the society.
of late it is being criticized for becoming a business without ethics and without any social responsibility. There is tendency for the press to play up and dwell on stories that are sensational - murders, car crashes, kidnappings, and the like. In a study by the American Society of Newspaper Editors, eighty percent of the American public said they believe "journalists chase sensational stories because they think it will sell papers, not because they think it is important news." Another 85 percent of the public believes that "newspapers frequently over-dramatize some news stories just to sell more papers." Over 80 percent believe sensational stories receive lots of news coverage simply because they are exciting, not because they are important.

Liberalization has led to the media targeting readers as consumers rather than citizens. There is a burgeoning of frothy supplements, loads of newsprint devoted to non-issues. It leads to the invisibility of those on the margin, which means those who make policy don't read about them and their problems as much as they should. Food and fashion journalism is unfortunately no longer confined to metropolitan cities; the regional papers are going the same way increasingly, because they too are targeting the upwardly mobile consumers in their cities. It's a serious issue because agriculture, education, employment and health need more coverage than they presently get. We have lots of newsprint devoted to food as a lifestyle thing. None devoted to hunger which stalks substantial sections of the population.

So in the end I would like to say that the press today has to take up a responsibility of upping the society"s standards and start publishing issues that are useful or have an iota of importance to the society or people rather than immoral or unethical stuff that might hurt anyone"s sensibilities.
Robert_Weiler

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While "if it bleeds, it leads" may be a modern motto of the press, the result of this mentality has always existed in media. The Press of old simply held their bias out for everyone to see, while todays journalists pretend at non-partisanship.

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Debate Round No. 1
enrique1234

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As my worthy opponent has said if it bleeds it leads....but don't you think it could mislead? i have provided the source for my statistics. Newspapers come in different shades. Some are harsh critics, some are more balanced, some lean towards the left, some to the right, but all are marred by numerous blemishes. Day by day, we are bombarded with truckloads of useless or depressing information but when it comes to reporting about events that might be useful or important the media backs out fearing either the loss of their viewership. A small hint of lead somewhere leads to breaking news! And that breaking news is followed up by paid opinion polls, paid debates and paid news flashes. Half-baked news that almost never see complete research/or are manipulated to show an intention due to shortage of time.
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Posted by Forte 2 years ago
Forte
Views = $$$ The current system bars news from NOT being sensational
Posted by StormySkies 2 years ago
StormySkies
So many times I have seen serious issues fade out as soon as people lose interest in them, to be replaced with something about Beyonce or some other crap.
Posted by benjaminimuffin 2 years ago
benjaminimuffin
I agree, without a doubt. True journalism is dying.
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