Reputation of a hero subjected to media scrutiny gets eventually diminished.
Media is a mirror of the society. Everything good and bad happening in the world is reflected in the media. People sitting elsewhere in the world are made aware of any events happening in other part of the world by the media.
However, it's the sole responsibility of the media to reflect the picture in its true colours. I would agree with the author's proposition to the extent that certain sections in a media, say, a few channels in a television or a particular news paper or a magazine, may be biased. And in certain cases where there main motive is to make profits and not to bring the truth to the people. Or in cases where the media wants to increase its readership by relying on making an event scandalous, will the statement stand true.
However, such mediums form a very attenuated part of the society. More so, the readers of today are wise and alert of the ongoing event around them. And can well distinguish between right and wrong. Why do we forget that it is only through the media that we come to know about the heroes of the world. I should admit that in the society of today one will find very few heroes around him.
Here, by heroes I refer to people who do something out of ordinary. Not what a common man would or dare to do. One would not find a person doing something heroic around him everyday. But there are a lot of people in the other parts of the world and even in his own country for that matter. Now how does he come to know about them? ? It is only through the media. Else, the hero will remain known only to a limited people around him and remain anonymous to a large no of people far away from him.
Secondly, it is through the recognition and praise of the people that a hero will be motivated. A person is not always hungry of power or money as a reward for his act. At times just a little recognition or a pat on the back will suffice to reward him and boost his morale. What does a fire-fighter gets when he rushes into a building blazing into flames to rescue a small child trapped in there? ? Just self-satisfaction and will to perform his duty. And a little recognition of his courage would do wonders to his morale. And what if the event is broadcasted on television? ? Wouldn't he be happily and motivated towards his job? Definitely, Yes.
He will do his job with more enthusiasm and passion. And what about the million of people who watched his heroic act on television. Even if this act of his is able to inspire 1 more man, the count of hero's in our society will increment by one. What I want to suggest that this is a cumulative effect. And the main source of this cumulative effect is the media. For example, India celebrates its Independence day on 15 th August every year.
On this day there is carried out a procession of all the children who have done some heroic act in one or the other way. This is telecaster nation wide on televison and broadcasted on radios. It forms the main news of the newspapers the next day. So what is media doing in this regard? ? It is enhancing the image of heros and bringing their stories not our homes and in our lives and making us proud of them.
During the time India was under British rule and there was widespread revolution going on in the country to overthrow the British rule, in many parts of the country many newspapers, like Punjab K esri, were banned. The rulers said that the news and contents were causing unrest and violence among the people. What the newspapers were actually doing was that it was bring the stories of resistance offered by Indians to the rulers in one part of the country to the other part of the country and inspiring people to follow suit in their area. It was conveying stories of heroism of people into the masses on a large scale and thereby inspiring people.
This act in no way was tarnishing the image of heroes as the statement of the author states. However, there have been cases in which the images of people have been distorted and presented to the people by media. But these are very few cases and not noteworthy. What I believe is that though its entirely upto the media authorities to decide as to what kind of news it wishes to publish, in the world of today, every common man is alert and aware to be easily fooled by any false news passed onto him.
There might be differences in opinions of the different sources of media but that's just the point of view of people and nothing to do with the tarnishing of image of any hero. In sum, I would say that media plays a major part in forming an opinion among masses. And that there might be some media sources who for there selfish motive might try to make every news scandalous, might that be on the cost of soiling a heros image, there a other sources that are manifold in number who would present a clear picture. And such sources outweigh the profit-making source in number to a large extent..