In today’s times, we are always surrounded by all kinds of news transmission and communication agents like newspapers, social media sites, television, roadside banners, etc., that notify us constantly about the country and world affairs. No matter in which form they come to us, these things include opinions, thoughts, statements, ideas, and certain mindsets that directly or indirectly affect our day-to-day living and the way we perceive the world. Though we may not realize it, everything that we do in our life, including the decisions we make, the leaders we choose, the rituals we follow, and the values that matter to us, are in some way guided by these things.
All in all, media, news, and politics play an exceptionally vital role in a common man’s life. But so often, we come across theories about why they negatively affect our lives. So, for a change, let’s talk about everything good about news and politics in a common man’s life.
Positive news generates motivation and optimism
To understand this, let us take an example from a common man’s life. Suppose you have your morning tea while doing your daily ritual of reading the newspaper. As you are reading, a news headline that goes like “A 26-year-old man starts the campaign of cleaning the southern beach, thousands of other people joined” catches your attention, and you read on to find out more about it.
At the end of the story, you will conclude that even a small step in the right direction can make a difference in society. It will naturally generate more optimism and motivation to contribute your bit towards your community and the environment if you only dare to take the road not taken. It inspires you to be more affectionate towards mother nature and help needy people around you in all the ways you are capable of.
People become better aware of their rights
The government is constantly modifying and redefining the laws that were made earlier. With the help of media channels, these new laws are brought to us most easily and simply. It’s a great way to know what your rights are as a citizen living in any particular country and to use them whenever you feel the need.
We can take the most recent example from India. In some states of India, it has now become completely legal and justified for a couple to stay in a live-in relationship without getting married as long as they are aged 18 years or above. The law dictates that no renting landlords can deny them a place to stay even if they aren’t married, and no one can question them about their accommodation in such a scenario.
It has only been a few months since the declaration of this law, but people already know about it. Wondering how? Social media websites and digital news pop-ups are the driving agents that spread these new laws to the community at the speed of a replicating virus. This keeps people better informed and more aware of government policies, ultimately leading to the common man voicing their opinions against exploitation by authorities.
Different media sources give us access to more information
Today, the way in which news is conveyed to the common people has changed with the introduction of social media websites and digital newspapers. It has brought about a great change in our opinions and views about communities, ethnicities, cultures, and traditions as well.
For instance, in earlier times, the LGBT community was looked down upon by more than half of the world population. But it was only because of digital campaigns on the online forums that they got the courage to stand up for their rights and beliefs.
And the best part about this digital conveyance of information is that the campaign was not just limited to people belonging to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.
Even the straight people who empathized and felt their pain participated actively to influence the government and normalize their existence in this world. As the news spread, everyone united, and humanity finally won the battle against gender stereotypes and societal norms.
Strengthen democracy and brings political affairs directly to the public
The media news channels keep people updated about the political happenings in the country. They track the steps taken by every political leader and how it will affect the general public. After collecting pieces of evidence and making their theories, they convey these moves to the public audiences through the medium of television, the internet, and newspapers. This ensures transparency in democracy.
As a result, you can make better decisions on what leaders you need to choose by getting an idea about what they will do to make your life better as a citizen living in any particular country. However, it is important to note that sometimes these news items can be biased and make you drive in the wrong direction on the road of voting in a democracy.
Increased public involvement through social media
Lastly, no matter what topic it is, whether it is the war between two political parties, the unfair means taken by political leaders to win elections, the good values shown by opposing parties, or the dates of voting in a democracy, everything is now available in the click of a finger through the medium of news and politics on social media. This has increased public involvement in political matters.
Politics earlier used to be a rarely discussed and mostly uninteresting topic, especially when it came to the general public and the common man living in the catacombs of a democracy. But thanks to mass media and online campaigns, reports show that people voice their opinions in a better way on all kinds of matters very readily on social media. This lets the common man participate in the matters of the nation justifiably and express their opinions and viewpoints in a healthy manner without having any fear of being silenced.
Olivia Is Free Independent Journalist, Has B.A in International Relations, With Many Of Her Research And Papers Published On America’s Most Influence Newspapers.