Mass media is in its prime, and it has been a crucial part of human lives on this planet. Mass media is the reason we are desperately trying to contact aliens. The world is waiting for this contact, and mass media will give us the good news, hopefully. #TWN
Something happened 10,000 miles away from here, someone gave a speech in parliament 20,000 miles away, but you got to hear about all these incidents in a matter of few minutes. How did that happen? How did such news travel miles and reach you in a few minutes? That is only because of a very powerful constituent of our society, mass media. Yes, that’s true! Mass media has brought the world closer and has drastically reduced the distance between various societies all over the world. Media is the reason you can talk to anyone and exchange any level of information. In this article, we will go through certain points that will change your perception of mass media and how it has changed the world in the present. Let’s get down to it.
In today’s time, we often these two terms interchangeably, but in earlier times, media was a plural form of the term ‘medium.’ Whatever can successfully express something was called a medium. For instance, a dance form is a medium for artistic expression. Many more mediums were used in earlier days. The news was normally called ‘the press.’ After the events of World War II, the true meaning behind the word began to change, and mass media came into existence. Mass media means that a piece of information should be reachable to the majority of the people in society. A piece of news that is known by thousands and millions of people globally is a result of mass media. To be precise, mass media refers to the transfer of data, news, or information to a large audience with the help of mass communication. Many Mass media technologies are used to make this work. In the present era, mass media technology has so much diversion that you can get a piece of information from anywhere. Talking about broadcast media, it has many arms under its name. This media transmits the data to the audience electronically via its branches such as radios, films, music (recorded), and TV. Just like broadcast media, next is digital media that has the internet and mobile as communication devices. The Internet has many platforms/services working under its roof, such as websites, social media sites, emails, etc. Coming out of the digital part, physical mass media is also very useful in transmitting the information. It has outdoor media techniques like advertisements, billboards, etc. Print media does the same job with the help of newspapers, magazines, pamphlets, comics, and books.
When something has such a strong grip on the entire world, it has some positive aspects associated with it. Mass Media has done wonders for the betterment of this world as a whole. In this part, I will highlight certain points as positive growth of the technology. Let’s get right into it:
Mass Media became a voice of the voiceless.
If you have any issues in your life, who would you talk to if you can reach anyone? Your neighbor, your family, or your society? It won’t cause much effect unless the mass audience knows about it. Mass media amplifies your voice and makes your problems heard. In this way, it becomes the voice of those whose voices were never heard.
Communication becomes far more effective with a wider reach.
With the availability of social media platforms of digital media, mass media has a considerable impact on communication. Mass media has transformed the world into a global village where you can be connected with everyone and anyone regardless of any barrier you might think of.
Today you know that Germans drink beer more than water. You know about the 4th of July in America. You know about the Japanese festivals. All this is possible due to mass media. With the presence of the internet in our lives, we can learn whatever we want to. We can learn any new language, take part in a different cultural activity, travel the world virtually without stepping out physically.
Ocean of Information
The internet is the most widely and frequently used part of mass media to get any information you want. It is an open-source that is laden with information one person can never uptake in his entire life. With the help of the internet, you can learn anything and help anyone with the knowledge you acquired. In the time of the pandemic, the internet has brought us together and helped us in learning new skills of survival and exploring hidden talents.
With so many positive points, some negative things also lurk around. In the case of mass media, fake news is the worst of everything. It spreads faster than fire, literally. Apart from that, privacy and be compromised, and addiction to mass consumption of consumption can lead to health issues. Censored content and topics are censored due to a reason. Mass media tends to glorify it, and that is very negative in every way. Frauds and hacks have become common because more people hang out only to consume information and earn online. Such people are prone to fall for scams.
Mass media and its functions
I hope now you know what mass media means and how it is omnipotent in our world. I’ll tell you some of the functions mass media performs:
Mass media is in its prime, and it has been a crucial part of human lives on this planet. Mass media is the reason we are desperately trying to contact aliens. The world is waiting for this contact, and mass media will give us the good news, hopefully. Use mass media for the betterment you wish for. Negativity is already upon us. Let’s bring some positivity with the help of mass media.