Should media be regulated?
Much has been said and done on the issue of media regulation. Concerns start from the point of piracy, copyright violations to unsafe and unsuitable data for kids, child pornography etc.
Without going into the details, I would like to know what’s your countries stand on media regulation and to what extent is it regulated? Should internet also come under the ambit of the so-called government regulation, or should it be self-regulatory? With the internet being flooded with more and more bloggers trying to put forth their opinions, should any body (statutory or otherwise) interfere just to make sure that the content being displayed is safe for the audience to view, or is this idea a total ridicule?
What’s your stand?
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The only regulation the media should be held accountable to and the only ethical bound they have in my eyes is to not make slanderous statements or proclimations, or to even insinuate a claim that is obviously slanderous.
This seems obvious to me, and not to mention that they should be stating the facts of the scenario based on the most reliable information they’ve obtained, unobjectively they should report findings, and be unrestricted in any fashion…
And just to clarify, I do think there is a difference between opinion and slander…”He gives me the vibe of a child molester.” = Your opinion. “He’s a child molester!” = Slander, unless he’s been convicted in a court of law, or you caught him in the act.
I am fascinated by some twisted news and no one can really say who the fuck told the reporters to say specific things. Some shit doesn’t help anybody. Some twisted shit makes it worse. Internet though… it’s impossible to think of a sentence with the words government and internet in it. The internet is legion. Probably the biggest government with the biggest army on the planet. The biggest bullshit of all is that the medias love reality shows and they are going way too far with their power. Piracy is old news. If it was 10-15 years ago it would be real piracy. Now – we listen more to music on youtube, facebook, anywhere, instead of just collecting our music. Today’s music is mostly shit. Yep. I don’t know who still calls this piracy. Some greedy bastards who are full of shit for sure. :) But think about it. If no one talks about those things, why were they put there to work in the first place? They won’t have shit to do, which means no salary. I think it’s a huge circle of bullshit in a loop and it’s doing a great job at it. Just put cameras everywhere! I don’t know much about bloggers since I don’t read every douche that was born.
i think the only way the media should be regulated is in its consistent and increasing use of women’s bodies as marketing strategies. i think it should find another way to sell products–from cars to insurance to food–other than exploiting the bodies of women. but i’m sure that’s not what you mean by regulating.
@ Ren, you are speaking more of marketing/advertising, not the media. But I agree with everything you said, but this has worked for an eon, and they aren’t going to get off that train anytime soon.
By regulation, he’s hinting on the variable of controlling the media, and if you need proof that control is prevelant, look no further than any cable news network’s daily contents vs. all the horrible things that are ignored.
Unfortunately, most of the “media” in the world are comprised of paprazzi, gossip columnists, sports analysts, and opinion columnists, not reporters who are unbiased, uncontrolled and impartial.
women want to be exploited? i think the only reason any woman would want that is because that has been shown as the only definition of ‘success’ for a woman. if you look good, you’ve succeeded.
media companies want that. they take a certain standard (tall, thin, flawless and fair skin, traditionally blond hair) and make it the standard all women strive for. and they tell you it’s possible just by purchasing these weight loss packages, or this make up, or going to this gym. it’s capitalism that fuels this vicious cycle and the only way to change women is to change the system that knocks them down daily.
If I say “Hitler was a great guy” clearly people will try to censor it, you let censorship get its foot in the door, any opinion is at risk, ridiculous or not. Everything on the net is 2 dimensional, it is not harming anyone, people in the 3 dimensional reality are harming people, you stop them you do not stop megabytes. The fact is that the internet is a source for finding people who harm people and if people stop leaving papertrails by way of internet it becomes much more difficult to find and stop them.
I have a saying “how would you know a bigot if not by what they say?” Same with criminals, the more witnesses the better. Allow it all and characters become recognizable, censor it and these people disappear from justice.
As for journalism, a line must be drawn as to what is just cold unbiased fact and what is propaganda with a political agenda. A news source that has political bias can not claim the rights of freedom of the press but only the rights for freedom of speech.
People need to have something to hate. They can’t be united if they can’t hate something passionately in a group. That’s how it works. That’s the answer to almost every social opinion. That’s how we make friends. If you’re neutral, then you’ll be isolated and alone. Why was/is wikileaks an independent collective of journalists? Because of the constant censorship we deal with every day.
@Ren Sex sells. I also hate Barbie. People choose their own role models and media gives them what they want to see, so they could get more money and the consumers are also happy. Yay. And mediocre.
I see that majority of the people are against such regulation. Regulation is not subjective anymore with the legislation of many countries seriously planning on making laws on it. Copyright laws and such anti-piracy laws remain, but the problem arises when a bunch of government people want to decide what the public must view. For example, what happened in the Julian Assange case, all the links were taken down immediately. Why? Does the public not have the right to know the truth, specially in all the democratic countries! I wonder.
@Sasho “The media gives them what they want to see”
I don’t recall any television network ever sending me a survey of how I would like my media to be. THEY want to mold ME into something they can sell products to – they are not a reflection of my wants or desires.
Just because the current model of media exploits the sexuality of women to sell products doesn’t mean that this is the way it has to be. Couldn’t we have mass media that didn’t assume its consumer was a heterosexual male with nymphomaniacal tendencies?
Sexuality is most powerful when it is personal, but the portrayal of women in the media like Ren is talking about depersonalizes the sexuality of women; it turns their sexuality into a one-size-fits-all product. That’s why I boycott the shit out of most traditional media.
@Alex, yea, girls sexualize themselves. because that’s what they’re conditioned by society to do. we’re told to be ridiculously experienced sexbots and at the same time ‘virginal.’ we aren’t allowed to take control of our own sex lives without being called whores. there’s this deep contradiction in our values that tell us that women’s bodies are supposed to be readily available for entertainment and use, but women are supposed to be innocent and pure at the same time. it’s bullshit and if you don’t see what’s going on, you’re blind.
@Ren, I understand what you are saying, and I agree. The thing is though is that we create society. Society doesn’t create us. We need to grow out of this, and I can see from other guys my age, that the majority of people are starting to find these sexualized girls unattractive..at least when it comes to the real world. Porn is pretty impersonal if you ask me. If we teach our kids good morals, we can grow out of this.
The reality of it though, is that sex is a major part of the human experience. It’s the gateway to life. Humans have been struggling for a long time with the line in which they should draw. We’re trying to make our urges have to go through the brain first. We’re trying to incorporate our instincts with our mental capacity. We’re basically trying to control our instincts. People are starting to get the hang of it now. Porn is wearing off. Sure, a hell of a lot of people watch it everyday, but its not as taboo anymore..and when things stop being taboo, they lose the spell they had over the masses.
If everyone was naked all the time, this all probably wouldn’t be an issue at all.
What has happened is that human beings are finally starting to realize they must think for themselves. We’ve spent so long just listening to other people, trusting them. We had church, and it became corrupt, but we still blindly followed and believed. Then we woke up and realized those people were controlling us. We made government, and it became corrupt, but we still blindly followed and believed. Now we woke up, and our realizing that we shouldn’t blindly follow ANYTHING.
Our media is corrupt, and people are realizing that we shouldn’t blindly believe what they tell us. Humans are getting more resourceful about information, and we have to, because there is just so much more info out there now. You can use twitter to get information faster than any media business out there. First hand too. We’re still just rubbing our eyes from this wake up, but we’ll be ‘fully conscious’ as soon as we’re done being groggy.
The American media is already heavily regulated.
They regulate themselves.
If they step out of line – express opinions and publish facts counter to the American narrative – they will lose advertisers, so-called reporters will lose access, other media (talk radio, e.g.) will ‘gang up’ on them.
Of course, with laws now passed, one could view a media organ being critical, say, of the upcoming war with Iran as ‘aiding and abetting terrorists’ and face death.
So, yeah…video and print media is highly regulated.
The Internet, not so…but the powers that be are taking steps to remedy that.