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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

The era of "Digi People".



My journalism degree had taught me that “NEWS” is something which is “New” for the target people. And that it should not dare to cross the sacred boundaries of 5W's (Who, where, when, what and why) and 1H (How).Now, when I’m little bit wiser than my university days, I refuse to accept this definition. Popular media like print and television is madly following  the “Breaking News” trend. The words “Journalistic ethics” only remain confined in the classrooms of colleges or universities. Students never ever get chance to apply them when they start working with the media giants. 


To survive in this trend of breaking news, they say and show only same things 1000 times. And, not even in 1000 ways to their viewers. I wonder whom they are trying to fool and for how long? Do they really think that their viewers or readers are stupid? Every media organization is involved either with a particular political party or a business tycoon.They manipulate the news for their own benefits and this makes them throw away real journalism from window and sensitize or politicize even the crimes like murder and rape.  


Now is the era of Digi People. Mostly today's youngster comes under this Digi people group. Digi people are using digital media as a platform to make social reforms. they try to bring people of enemy countries together. Digital media is working to bring change in the mindset of the people. Their work to bring gender neutrality and equality in the society is really commendable. 

Recently, the definition of news has changed in this digital era. This “#” has transferred power into the hands of common men. And in most of the cases, it doesn’t involve any big names. Digi people decide from which angle they want to see any news. No more they are ready to accept to take whatever is presented to them by the electronic or print media. People do their own research work in digital media to check the credibility of the news and to know more and various angles of the news. 


Online sites like BuzzFeed, ScoopWhoop, StoryPick, The Logical Indian etc have brought welcome change from the stereotypes definition of news. I wouldn’t be wrong if I say, for youngsters what is trending in digital media has become “breaking news” for them. The trend, “Digital News Media” sporting is quite different from the age old traditional styles and formulas. Rapes and murders rarely find any position in their digital space. If not there is any positive human side behind it. 

A general's birthday surprise 

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A man giving his shoes to a homeless girl in Rio de Janeiro

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These Digital News Media are doing awesome work of spreading positivity in the whole world. Every day I come across at least 2 or 3 positive stories which will also inspire people to be good and helpful. Story like “People Being Awesome” is not news for any popular media. Digital News Media give us love, hope and courage. They are restoring faith in humanity by showing people that rapist and murderers is not the only people living in our society. But there are many kind people all over the world who help people silently and selflessly. 


For me news is not about famous celebrities or politician or criminals. I find news in "Humans of New York". For me these unknown strangers are newsmakers. Because they are humans like me. I can relate with their struggles, success, ambitions, failures and happiness. And, I know they are showing their real self to the world. They give us inspiration to go on and a realistic advice that everyone is struggling with their own demons. You’re not alone!


I had boycott television long back and now newspaper is also becoming mere papers to through away garbage every morning. Popular media is morally dead. Whereas, digital media is our hope for some smart and  sensible journalism!

 

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Okay ?!



I had finished reading “the fault in our stars” by John Green yesterday . I still have the hangover of it. When a character dies in any book, I cry. When I started reading “the fault in our stars” I was damn sure that one of the characters will die as both had cancer. Still I cried (cried aloud) while reading and my sinus got activated and I had bad headache after that. Perhaps one of the reason could be that John Green's "the fault in our stars" is inspired by a girl called Esther Earl that makes it something more than a mere romantic novel. Esther Earl had cancer and died in 2013. John Green and Esther met in a Harry Potter Conference. John Green reveal this in an Interview given to a book networking site called "Goodreads.com
I am travelling tomorrow early in the morning and I have not finished my packing yet. Still, keeping everything aside, I took out time to watch the film. I was scared as I knew  it will activate my sinus again but I couldn’t resist. I just loved it! The film is equally good. I loved the character of Hazel Grace. And Shailene Woodley as Hazel Grace was very convincing. I painted my nails in dark blue today like her and I am going to copy her style tomorrow ( I will fold my Jeans).  I really liked her hair cut and I feel mean saying that as may be it was the result of cancer.

Okay ? :)

 

Sharing My favorite quotes from the book, "the fault in our stars":



“I’m on a roller coaster that only goes up, my friend.”
John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
 

“You have a choice in this world, I believe, about how to tell sad stories, and we made the funny choice.”



“The risen sun too bright in her losing eyes.”

"Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.”  

“The marks humans leave are too often scars.”

“The world is not a wish-granting factory.”

“That’s part of what I like about the book in some ways. It portrays death truthfully. You die in the middle of your life, in the middle of a sentence”

“Grief does not change you, Hazel. It reveals you.”

“Much of my life had been devoted to trying not to cry in front of people who loved me, so I knew what Augustus was doing. You clench your teeth. You look up. You tell yourself that if they see you cry, it will hurt them, and you will be nothing but a Sadness in their lives, and you must not become a mere sadness, so you will not cry, and you say all of this to yourself while looking up at the ceiling, and then you swallow even though your throat does not want to close and you look at the person who loves you and smile.”   
 


 Let me know your feedback on "the fault in our stars" ! Okay ? :)


So open your eyes and see
The way our horizons meet
And all of the lights will lead
Into the night with me
And I know these scars will bleed
But both of our hearts believe
All of these stars will guide us home