Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Television, newspapers, magazines, and other media pay too much attention to the personal lives of famous people such as public figures and celebrities. Use specific reasons and details to explain your opinion (Do not exceed 350 words)

This essay is my first assignment in RIM

The mass media, needless to say, is the main source of information for the general public. Newspapers, television, magazines and other media serve as watchdogs for the public, but more often than not they compromise on facts and quality and focus more on getting stories that sell like hot cakes. They intrude and infringe on people’s privacy. They pay too much attention on celebrities and important public figures sometimes at the cost not only of these figures but also that of the ordinary people.

To inform the masses is the main objective of the media, but it is quite another to grab readership and make quick money through sneak-peek stories. Intruding into the privacy of celebrities and public figures is a pet project of all media personnel. They have no qualms about crossing the forbidden threshold and grabbing stories which will set readers alive. Readers enjoy reading the gossip column as much as writers love writing it. And all of us, being gossipmongers in our own right, further aid and abet it.

Media personnel are hunters, celebrities and public figures the hunted. They hunt the celebrities and public figures during the latter’s weddings, honeymoons, vacations and during some of the most intimate moments. They space and air but the paparazzi give them little. Some people enjoy living in the media glare but most do not. It becomes hard for them and their families. Most cannot stand the pressure and succumbs to persistent attention and scrutiny. Princess Diana would have been alive had it not been for a bunch of paparazzi who chased her to death. The immutable force of the media also drove the Tiger out of the Woods and ruined his marriage. It also sidelined him from golfing for over a year. Currently, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is in the news more than he would like to be because of a sex scandal.

Here in Bhutan, we do not have tabloid newspapers. What a relief it is for our celebrities and other vulnerable people!

Media is a great force. It can make or break a person’s life; or worst end up misinforming the mass. I feel that television, newspapers and magazines should not bother and just do their job professionally. They can play a very positive role for the society in many other ways. Let celebrities and other popular figures live in peace.

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