Mass media reshaping our life
Friday, May 09, 2014 – Mass media in Pakistan has come a long way. From the early days of state controlled media, the Pakistani media has started to establish its utility and is well on its way to achieve a more meaningful and free status. Steffen Cohen in his book ‘The idea of Pakistan’ has recognized that in today’s Pakistan media is conceivably the freest in the region and many other parts of the world. While the struggle for a free media continues against odds, its effects in reshaping our society at large have started to take shape.
Despite stray instances of misuse and abuse of the media power, the media in Pakistan has generally grown responsible and responsive to the concluding lines of Article 19 of the Constitution, which guarantees freedom of press in Pakistan. The TV channels’ networks inform us, entertain us and advertise the products. In area of information alone, mass media provides updated information on a vast array of issues and events that happen in our lives every day. It serves as a window to the statements and actions of our political leaders, the public opinion, the daily performance of stock market, health news, weather forecasts, sports. In fact we have come to know important information provided every day by mass media, so without mass media we could not exist as civilized society in the twenty first century.