The power of new media

its is sad when some of the senior journalists close there eyes towards the power and impact the social media today has on the people and declare the medium almost useless. Today when a journalist with years of experience withe the major international channels was asked by a student how to register one’s protest against the inadequacy of the local news channels he replied that tweeting, blogging and putting stuff on facebook wont change a thing; the kid should instead take a one man protest to the organization, in this case it was the news channels,  he wanted to voice his concerns against .

but if  blogs, micro blogs and social network campaigns don’t make an impact and don’t change anything why governments and rulers world wide are feeling threatened by them and trying to block or ban the blogs social media platforms. Why several print magazines and publications are prompt and quick in deleting a Facebook comment speaking against them or altering the content of their online version of the paper seconds after the mistake is hilightd on a blog or in a tweet .. why many publications have been forced to close down, as their sales had dropped dramatically after the new media gained popularity. and while many say blogs are not taken seriously than why do all these major newspapers and news agencies have started their own little (commercial) blogs and have started to come out with their online versions, and have their presence on twitter, Facebook and other major social networks.

well the fact is that the Blogs, macro blogs and social media is taking away the monopoly these news agencies ones had. Now every single individual has a voice which can reach out to the world. If a blog has a long earned credibility or is backed with facts and figures or has been authored by someone publicly trusted with no political or commercial  agenda behind him the content becomes even more authentic and trustworthy .

But why this new modern media is coming out so powerful, like everything else,  yes there is a little logic to it too. first of all the content is an opinion or work of an individual whose timeline shows it clearly what his opinions are and intelligence is like, which actually reflects what kind of individual s/he is . a blog also is not usually a commercial entity, so is written for the sake of sheer passion, it also has no editor to tone and shape it down, so its usually more articulated rather than being more mechanical.  Blogs and social media campaigns usually are opinionated, they do talk about facts but also have the emotions thrown into it which come natural when a person’s opinion, specially when its attached to a common social issues or a cause, this not only adds a human touch to it but the reader also feels more attached because he somewhere in the lines visualize himself too also because as humans its only natural for us to understand and relate to things where feelings are added.

With the advent of this new social media becoming more popular everyday the shape of the journalism is changing rapidly today, the contrast in true sincere reporting and fake commercially driven ones are becoming more and more noticeable, people are trusting the alternative mediums and often counter verifying the facts before trusting almost anything they see on a mainstream platform. They change may or may not be good but it has indeed given the people much power and confidence to launch their voice and be heard but in the clutter of millions and thousands of such voices only the ones which manage to stand out poses a challenge to the traditional mainstream media.

Now the only option the mainstream media today faces is to wash their cuffs n collars clean of the fast stains of the years long unethical practices and stick to the fair and honest reporting or they will have to face an overwhelming counter voice which will strip them off their pseudo creditability and fake trust in public, while only the few honest or extra smart will survives this new wave of change .

The power of new media

Develop Zero Social Tolerance to Sexual Violence.

As a usual habit, even today I checked my social network first thing in the morning only to stumble upon a news link which sent a chill through my spine. A 9 year old girl child in Bahawalpur was abducted from right outside her house, beaten up, gang raped and left back in semi unconscious, critically injured state. At the time of filing the report Doctors are struggling to save her precious little life.

The police has filed an FIR and is looking for the culprits, but there is little hope that justice will be served even in this case, as our legal procedures are highly complicated, and a financial challenge, where corruption allows the culprits the convenience to get the medial reports and evidence altered an escape proudly from the grip of the law to free find yet another innocent child or person to victimize.

In any legal system to work properly an integral part of it is the proper implementations of the procedures so as to make it fool proof and convenient for the people. For this a proper people who have proper knowledge of the forensics, the dynamics of crime, the loopholes, the behavior of the society and the routs the culprits take to get rid of the track they leave behind the crime they commit.

Also the society will have to play its part of the role, taking such crimes seriously. Stop blaming the victims of sexual abuse and violence and take stand against the culprit. The trend of shamming the rape survivors labeling them as Impure had to be opposed seriously. Common thoughts and notions which suggest “ the girl has been spoilt” or “has become impure” or “it must be her fault” or “ it’s a shameful thing , keep it under the wraps and not speak of it “ only make the culprits more stronger and makes it easy for them to commit such horrendous crimes and yet move proudly in the society.
Also our mainstream (conventional ) media will have to be more sensitive while reporting and talking over such issues. We have seen a number of times, when cases of sexual violence appear on the news channels there are often suggestions that the women were of “bad character” or were “dressed improperly” or were “acting provocatively ”. It is sad when these multimillion news setups with educated journalists and staff on board fail understand that RAPE is a serious crime and it does not make it any less serious or acceptable if the victim / survivor is a female sex worker or was roaming even naked, nothing justifies such a violent crime.
Performance and visual art can play a strong role in changing the mind sets of the society, artists have been addressing these issues in their art works since a long time but sadly their thought and expressions don’t reach the masses.

Its about time we use every social / public forum to educate people. Write, Blog campaign on internet social networks against such crimes and suggest a Zero tolerance from the social and legal system, There is a need to promote, literature , art and theater so it can reach a larger audience and help change perceptions, and broaden people’s vision and help them realize their fault to bring a positive change and shaping a better society.

Develop Zero Social Tolerance to Sexual Violence.

And this is what it comes to for a subject called ART

I remember when I was at school out teachers never taught us anything about fine arts, I was always particularly interested in paintings when at school but there was not a single teacher who would teach me how to paint or tell us about an art gallery. The only thing we were taught as children was to barely draw and all I remember drawing through my whole primary school life was parrot, car and a house with a tree. When we entered secondary schooling we were asked to draw diagrams, an outline drawings of different body parts or instruments out of physics and chemistry labs and like the rest of my class mates I remember I too used to trace them out of our books on our note books. In short throughout our schooling we actually taught nothings about fine arts at all, we did not knew what paintings were, we had never heard the word sculpture and we had absolutely no idea what so ever what Fine art actually was.

In college of course no one cared least to entertain such follies fine arts covers so actually throughout my whole academic life I was taught not a single word of fine arts. And this is not just me but almost 90% of the schools which at operating around the country specially the ones with the government teach almost nothing of fine arts to its students. The only art form we are taught of at schools is literature but that too is taught at such a superficial level that literality plays like those of Shakespeare seems to be mare stories and poems seem similar to nursery rhymes.

This means that our educated lot of people (and also the ones to come) are really oblivious of art, from any sense of design or visual harmony and incapable of appreciating any form of art. Which explains why a teacher at NED university teaching architecture rejected one of Piet Mondrian compositions (traced copy) submitted as an assignment by a student with a remark which read “Not interesting enough” and no the teacher did not knew anything about Piet because the next day when the student told his teacher that the work was a copy of “Mondrian” he was told ” I don’t care where you have copied it from but next time copy something which make sense ” … What else could possibly have made sense to him for a composition to be made only with straight lines, Only God knows.

The thoughts were triggered after visiting this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rumana-husain/2381830913/

And this is what it comes to for a subject called ART