‘The pen and paper are passé, check on these latest gadgets and spread the news, the digital way’
This advertisement was on paper, may be not printed through pen but certainly through the inked nib of a printing press… It’s for the new age journalists who are spreading news ‘the digital way’…
New Media as we call it, or online media has pervaded our lives through internet and today experts advocate it and call it the more reliable source of information or news than television or print media. It is certainly faster than its other counterparts, accuracy is high. But the one aspect which makes it absolutely unique and which has made us believe that ‘pen and paper are passé…’ is its interactivity.
New Media has revolutionized the way we look at news or information. Not only can a reader read, listen and see what he wants online, he can give his views. The chance to interact gives a personal touch to this particular form of medium of expression. The user feels involved; there is a feeling of being heard and given importance.
Commercialization has posed a threat to the face of print and television news. In present times where money ‘can buy any thing’, there have questions raised more often than usual about the ethics in journalism. Every piece of news can be taken at face value, news seems to be manufactured more than being reported and people are getting paid for not reporting or reporting ‘custom made’ news. Can ‘new media’ be the solution to all such problems un-ethical journalism?
Internet has certainly made lives easy for all of us, getting any information from any where is at tip of our fingers… but can the same internet or should we say ‘new media’ be a more reliable source of news, views and information? That we are yet to see…. it certainly has helped in voicing opinions of people which otherwise might have been lost. It gives an opportunity to write and depict the reality to the one who has access to the net… comments, analysis and views can be posted and reported by any one and everyone… but how far is this information and news not influenced by the ‘news-manufacturers’ is yet to be seen…. till then all we can hope for is that new media becomes one source which can be relied upon, saved from the demonic destruction that print and television media is facing by commercialisation…
When ever anything new or positive happens there is always a negativity which stems around it… With new media came ‘new crimes’. Hacking, virus transfer, breaching of privacy, sale of information given on the internet, etc… all this and more. There is a new breed of criminals who commit such crimes on the net, and till recently where able to get away with it. Stealing money was not a big issue as one expert hacker could hack into people’s account and get the money transferred. Tracking someone on the net or retrieving their private information is a click away.
The Law all over the world now has become active since this problem aggravated to such a level that it affected people to a great extent. There are now a set of protocols and laws and we have e new set of crimes called ‘Cyber Crime’. This new set crimes have to dealt with iron hand as more and more people are becoming dependant on technology for their important and not so important wrok in life. Above all else the users need to be more aware of their behaviour online. They need to be more careful and aware of what they are doing. Knowledge about account keeping, cookies, bugs, trackers etc can help one from landing in a lot of trouble. Even a tiny hint of odd behaviour in regards to online accounts should be taken seriously and dependence on technology should not be blinding.
After all it’s us who should drive the technology and not the other way round….