I couldn’t help taking these pictures off television today. And turned off TV entirely. Which I should have done a week ago, with all the rehashing of events on 26/11 last year. Just because you have so much footage during the terror attacks, does it mean it is revamped and repackaged into more and more noise (don’t forget the background dhadam dhadam music!)?
I have two three fundamental issues with all this sensationalism. One – that this sort of ongoing TV coverage is what terrorists actually desire and live and die for. While we mourn, they celebrate. Two – it’s just more noise and talk and outrage and anger and glorify heroes – how does all this Prime-time coverage actually help families of innocent victims, and all of us too, as a nation? Three (added as an update) – don’t fool us with all your citizen journalism sort of stories to round up people for your ad campaigns (Idea), media campaigns (Join Hands, lets meet here to show our solidarity etc) to showcase you care – the war here being who rounds up the most people, tweets, phone calls, and who gets the highest TRPs etc.
It’s also what prompted me to refuse all TV interviews around how social media helped da da da. I told them yes do stories by all means on how social media can provide something useful during disasters of all kinds, but why specifically today or this week?
I hope you see what I see from these screenshots of slogans and headlines which say things like – ‘Lets Remember’, ‘Never Forgive, Never Forget’, ‘Lest we Forget’. I grabbed them off TV channels CNN-IBN, Times Now, NDTV 24/7, Headlines Today, India TV, etc …etc etc etc.
Of course we remember, of course we haven’t forgotten, of course we can’t forgive. What are we doing about it all? Sadly, none of the channels provide us with any clues to the answer.