There are a total of 418 news channels in the world and that is excluding the weather channel, business channel, etc. Every day we turn on our TV, jump to our regular news channel and see what went wrong today. Some of us get tensed, we even tend to start protecting ourselves from something that just “might” happen to us.
Now imagine the accidents that you’ve roped yourself for, didn’t actually happen. Feel angry? That’s how I felt when my research showed that about 65% of the time news channels do not perform proper background checks on their stories and present half a story on our plate. To which we are so quick to react. I also found out, that sometimes they just keep gustling us with the same piece of information in different angles just because they didn’t have anything else to present to us, this same scam is also done to elongate the period of a product being advertised on their channel.
We live in an era where technology has overcome our human brain. Known as "The Millennials" we make our present and the future. Claire Wardle of First Draft, a UK-based non-profit organisation which is now part of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard, categorised misinformation into seven categories, namely:
Is what we see a complete truth or a half lie?
In recent times, there have been numerous instances of fake news misleading people, spreading false propaganda or maligning people as well as entire communities. Real news and information is increasingly getting buried in an avalanche of false information and hoaxes, which are spreading like wild fire and creating rifts between various communities, castes and religions in India.
Just last month, fake stories were weaved by several TV reporters as the anti-Rohingya rhetoric mounted, with photographs of children being misused in the divisive propaganda. The fresh outbreak of violence in Myanmar's Rakhine province since August has sparked a steady stream of provocative but nonetheless fake images.
A few months back, mainstream TV channels circulated a story saying Arundhati Roy, a renowned Indian novelist, had criticised the Indian army's heavy-handed presence in Kashmir, the disputed territory claimed by both India and Pakistan. The coverage prompted nationalist sections in society to lash out at Roy. But the truth about the statements, as Roy later clarified, was that she did not make those comments about India controlling Kashmir.
So what is the way forward to counter fake news?
Considering the rapid penetration of technology and the rise in use of television, the dissemination of fake news is no longer a problem limited to the online world, especially because it has political, social and economic ramifications on the ground.
Leo Kriti Jogi,
Member at Leo Club of Juhu.
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Hello dear passengers; our time travel will commence soon. If you want to come with us please fasten your seatbelts, I will be your guide and don’t forget that the ancient world can be enchanting. Let’s start!
Our first destination is Cambodia. Angkor Wat is a massive temple-capital city, which was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century. It is the largest spiritual place in the World (1,626,000m2). It was first constructed as a Hindu temple but later it changed into a Buddhist temple. It is not only a wonder of art but also a wonder of architecture. In Anghor Wat, there are lots of statues which belongs to different religions. Some people believe that the temple was built in one night by a “divine architect”. Angkor Wat has lots of mysteries; like how it was built? Why Angkor Wat is facing to the west instead of east, which all other temples are facing? The statues’ faces on the walls belongs to whom? Who are the goddesses in the glyphs? Mysteries goes on.......
Our second destination is Jordan. Petra was the capital city of the Nabataeans. Rose City is the other name of Petra because of the stone’s colour which it is carved into. Archeologists think that Petra was built to protect a secret treasure and graves of kings. Also people believe that this place is where Moses parted the Red Sea. Petra has rock-cut architecture and a water channel system. It’s area is almost 100 km and it consists of houses, temples, graves and an amphitheatre.
Our third destination is Myanmar. Bagan was the capital city of the Pagan Kingdom in the 9th century to the 13th century. Bagan consists of buddhist temples, pagodas and abbeies (Over 2,200 temples and pagodas). The Bagan temples can be divided into two types; Stupa temples and the Gu-style hollow temple. Stupa has a relic chamber inside, Hollow temple is built for meditation and Buddhist rituals.
Our fourth destination is Mexico. Chichen Itza was one of the largest Mayan cities if not the largest. The name "Chichen Itza" means "At the mouth of the well of the Itza”. Chichen Itza was also dedicated to a Mayan God named Kukulkan, who was depicted as a feathered serpent. The setting sun on the spring and fall equinoxes turns the shadows of the steps into an illusion of a serpent slithering down the banister.
Our last destination is Peru. Machu Picchu was a city of Inca. It is located on top of the Andes.(2.430 meters high). It was built by Pachacutec Yupanqui around 1450. ’Machu’ means old, ‘Picchu’ means summit. In Machu Picchu’s construction, massive dressed stones were used without any mortar and this technic is called Ashlar.
Our time travel ends now. I hope you liked it. We, as people who love the history, culture and architecture should protect the Ancient World’s beauty and teach the importance of these places to the new generations.
Leo Cansu Ündeyoglu
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