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July 11, 2006

Insensitivity...Limitless n Evergrowing

I wonder each time I see reporting of disasters and tragedies on different news channels what each of those reporters and anchors would feel if they were on the other side...or do they think they and their loved ones are immortal and tragedy proof? 'Step into other people's shoes' is an oft repeated mantra in courses on sensitivity but the news channels never found the time to step back, think and reflect...forget about stepping into others' shoes for a change...they are too busy collecting high TRP stories and reporting them 24/7 in the most callous, heartless and unthinkably insensitive manner...

I just hope at least a few of the thousands of people working in these news channels would read this blog and many many other ways in which many viewers are making their anger, dismay, shock known...

One reporter I saw shoving the mike into the face of a father who had just discovered her 28yrs old son was dead...he was obviously speechless...another relative was then asked about the time they recovered the body, how was the search prior to that...questions most irrelavant, empty and callously insensitive...


how would you feel Mr./Ms. reporter if you had just lost your father/son/sister or whoever and you were asked these disgusting questions?what answer do you expect anyway? is this the way you want to portray a people-centered reporting?that you invade very personal spaces of absolutely grief-stricken people and wish to know their obvious reactions? probably coz you have nothing better to report and just have to keep producing stories at any cost?

Can someone explain what difference it makes when and how a dead son was found? that he is dead and would never ever be alive is too deep a loss that MUST NOT EVER be taken adavantage of, for the purpose of reporting..."when was the last time you spoke to your dead son?" does that really matter?or is it to stir emotional chords of viewers who are safely sitting infront of their TV sets, supposedly hungry for juicy gory details of the havoc craeted in other people's lives?

Are we ever going to reflect and change?are we ever going to put a stop to this? Can we as media persons of so called leading news channels question ourselves each time we do such shamelessly insensitive reporting? Or is it only through insensitivity that you can become champions/leaders/No.1 in news reporting?


I only hope this blog is read by those responsible for bringing us news...hope they actually act responsible for a change...to bring about a positive change...and make us change our views about them...

5 Comments:

Blogger silbil said...

its a tricky question actually.
how can you not show the horror, you really can't downplay the tragedy
but on the other hand there is a way of showing the images without being so callous...
do read these blogs.
http://www.mumbaihelp.blogspot.com/
and
http://dhoomk2.blogspot.com/2006/07/blasts-in-bombay-and-few-things-i.html

and also this
http://www.gonomad.com/traveltalesfromindia/

it'd be nice if India tv stopped flashing we are the first we are the first...

4:09 AM  
Blogger Aparajita said...

I am not at all asking media not to show the horror of all tragedies...I think we all need to be strong enough to face it, look at it and then decide what we want to do about it...all I ask of the media is to ask sensitive and relevant questions when they speak to the affected and the families of the affected...or just to keep quiet and report what they observe, rather than pounce on the grif-stricken people for special bytes...

5:57 AM  
Blogger sudo phish said...

Coincidentaly that's exactly what I wrote my blog on today. I used to see it happen on my face while working for Asian age - it was all about the numbers and the masala. Baba keeps saying there used to be "responsible journalism" - it's all gone now with this mad competition b/w 24 hour news channel who are desperately trying to manufacture news.

3:52 PM  
Anonymous Desparado said...

Aprajita your post has the bitter yet true reality of our modern TV junkie days. It's really a shame on part of the money churning channels and reporters,who are devoid of human values. One who knows a person who has had some tragic loss wouldn't be naive enough to ask him/her,'how do u feel on demise of...' but in comes the Rated R reporter who knows how to cross the line and shows this with added victory grin to the viewers. And that's not all, while terminating the report he would proudly proclaim his credentials as if he deserves Pulitzer prize for media centric story:( I wonder would it require a Madhur Bhandarkar movie to open up the Pandora's boxon TV reporting until then I'll be waiting for ur next post...keep it up!

12:20 AM  
Blogger Aparajita said...

Great to hear from you after a long time...actually even I had vanished temporarily. I agree with you totally...its infuriating to see such callous reporting and has adversely affected my TV news viewing frequency...

3:01 AM  

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