We witness how technology and media evolve together. As technology advances, there is no doubt that online media influences more and more people. Because online journalism spans almost all aspects of life, we can hardly distinguish how it differs from a blog or magazine. We fail to see the essence of traditional media. News now is about lifestyle, entertainment, politics, finance and business.
Some media websites slowly dissolve the idea that they should deliver the truth. Their aim is not to inform the public, but to serve their interests for profit, favor a political agenda or conceal a company’s motive.
News can be our only source of facts and statistics. It may only be the way we can gauge the economy and base our day-to-day decisions from. Media people must understand that not all people have the expertise or knowledge regarding a covered subject. They must deliver timely, accurate and unbiased information for public awareness.
Online media is powerful that it affects our perspective. It enables a change in attitude and behavior of an individual. It is not the media’s job to decide for us. It is the readers’ job to create a plan and take action in solving issues concerning the world. The event speaks for itself, so there is no need for the media to create stories around it. The media’s role is to cover that event and show the public that it is existent. When we see that there is an issue, we take a course of action to try to abate the negative impacts of a problem.
The problem with media people is that they exaggerate a speech from a well-known figure even if it has nothing to do with the progress of a nation. They react to the point of distorting the accuracy of the news. Most media people focus on what happens to humanity, but neglect exposing the happenings in the environment. They know it is a crime polluting a land. For reasons, they can’t cover the issue because they are trying to keep the name of that company safe. People deserve to know the exploitation the environment gets in the hands of big companies.
Awareness on environmental issues enables people to change their habits. We are motivated to join movements that spread awareness to others and that help raise our concerns to the authorities.
Whether we admit it or not, media affects us psychologically. Aside from the fact that it can help raise and spread awareness, it stirs our emotions, too. Some news can make the public angry, frustrated, satisfied, and even stressed and anxious. Some of those reading news about war and crime on a daily basis may experience trauma. Those with low stress tolerance level should limit their exposure to such kinds of news. Others may even think it is not safe to go outdoors as they see the prevalence of crimes in the news.
News affects our social life, too, through the Internet. An event or issue tests us whether we stay cohesive as a nation or we divide into groups. News can bring about debates. If this is the case, we should come up with a consensus so we can solve the issue in question.
Online media has made it possible for us to connect to the global community, reach out to international organizations, be a part of like-minded individuals with a purpose, and spread the news to others not exposed to a specific media group. It enables the public to post comments about the news, but also allows cyber-bullying.
We are better off knowing the rise and fall of the economy so we know the right time for us to start a business. We should know if there is an incoming calamity or identify its signs so we can prepare ahead of time. We deserve to know what happens in the government so we can keep track of its activities in public service. We do need entertainment, so there is nothing wrong if we look for news about game losses and wins.
It all depends on our purpose for opting for online media. We are likely to read the online news since we find it accessible anywhere and anytime.