(What of honest answers? We do not even ask honest questions.)
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
How good is sensational exposure of crime?
media highlights incidents of corruption, mismanagement, crimes and other
social evils it is doing its rightful job for the benefit of the society and
citizens. But there is a question the media- managers have to regularly ask
themselves – 'Does their presentation effectively serve, as they planned, the
citizen and the country or not?’ If they find that it is not bringing the
desired results, should they not pause and find out why, and then be bold
enough to make necessary adjustments?
prevailing state of affairs of law and order in the country, the perpetrators
of crime get scot-free due to wide spread corruption at all levels. The
politicians and bureaucrats are hardly brought to justice. The criminals enjoy
all facilities even when in custody or prison. In such situation, when a crime
is exposed and highlighted repeatedly, as is being done for TRP, does it really
bring the criminal and the nexus between crime and corrupt administration to
to assess the impact of the repeated exposition by the media on the society.
Instead of spreading the message that crime is being reduced and criminals are being
punished through the exposure, it conveys that criminals are not punished in
our system, no matter how strongly and vividly they are exposed. It asserts
more emphatically in the minds of the common man that criminals with money and
reach cannot be harmed. They are beyond the reach of the law and order machinery.
This message acts as free publicity for the crime nexus to draw new apprentices
from the petty criminals as well as the unemployed. It encourages the petty
criminals to become bold and graduate to the glamorous level of Dons. It
entices the youth in their formative years, to drift towards crime by breaking
the yet-to-mature allegiance to ethical codes. If a proper study of crime scene
in the past two decades is done, it would be no surprise if it is revealed that
sensationalizing the crime has educated the criminals. It has in fact pushed
even the fence sitters to choose the profession of crime. In these times when
there are professional schools (terrorist camps) for training criminals, such
sensationalizing proves detrimental to the social cause.
Why not consult
social psychologists and other experts to produce a proper and responsible mix
of sensational exposure and sane advise for the benefit of society?