Is a free press a good thing?
Forgive me for thinking aloud here. I have for a while kept a watchful eye on the nature of what media is thought to be compared to what it has become. I have watched the media as a whole turn itself into a self invested, aggressive animal that bullies without conscience, kills without mercy and convicts without evidence. It truly is a “trial be media” culture these days with so many not attempting to analyse it any deeper than the turn of a newspaper.
I do believe in freedom of speech but I also believe in accountability. In any other walk of life if I cause excessive harm to another person I would be accountable. Why is it different for a newspaper? Public interest I think would be better served if it was built around concise, informative, factual information. Instead we have sensationalism, public witch hunts and consistent, unapologetic bullying campaigns.
I know that I can be as ever a wide eyed naïve believer in all the goodness of humanity, I just can't understand why a conglomerate with such power belittles itself so thoroughly. With the power to enlighten and enrich an entire country the media could be an overwhelming force for good. Instead, insecurity has lead it to a place where it has sold itself out and it does it so coldly.
To me the word “allegedly” before a story begin immediately makes me want to stop reading. I am not interested in rumours. I am interested in what's actually happening. I don't need sensationalism, the real world is big and bright enough. We don't need to dramatise the banal when the real undercurrent of what is happening is so huge. I do think a free press is a good thing and essential to a free thinking culture. I also think that you are accountable for your actions and I certainly don't see the law reflect this right now.
As always, share your thoughts and opinions on this.