Since the it was introduced in the Philippines, media has been a big part in the Philippine History. It’s contribution to the EDSA People Power is one of the examples of how much media had a great impact on Filipino History.
Our lives and perspectives are greatly affected by media. Sensationalism in Philippine Media – how does it affect Filipinos of today?
In our BC10 class, we discussed Sensationalism, News, and how sensationalism can be found in news.
Sensationalism is a type of editorial bias in mass media in which events and topics in news stories and pieces are over-hyped to increase viewership or readership numbers. Sensationalism may include reporting about generally insignificant matters and events that don’t influence overall society and biased presentations of newsworthy topics in a trivial or tabloid manner. – Wikipedia
Sensationalism is a way of getting high ratings – they focus on events that are exciting or shocking at the expense of accuracy in order to provoke public interest. The main goal is to grab attention – not relay information. They focus more on making profit than stating the truth – making a good story without much regard for factual accuracy.
That’s the problem of Philippine Media Today – Sensationalism. I believe that the people deserve to know the truth laid at the table and it’s up to them to make further judgement. Media should not dictate what the viewers should feel while watching the different news programs. They shouldn’t be the one dictating which side the viewers should be defending. Media should only be presenting all the possible sides of the story in black and white.
How do these programs exhibit sensationalism? Some tactics include being deliberately obtuse, appealing to emotions, being controversial, intentionally omitting facts and information, being loud, self-centered and acting to obtain attention. There is so much sensationalism in the disguise of truth and their definition of public service which could be regarded as self-serving.
“Unfortunately, in our country, sometimes sensationalism is a lot better than spreading the truth. Sometimes, the truth seems to have been a forgotten concept by some of our media practitioners,” – President Benigno Aquino
Sometimes, people rather listen to a bunch of white lies rather than hear the hurtful truth – but it’s better to be informed about the challenges we should face today so we can do something about it than keep ignoring the fact that it’s there until it’s too late.
Pamela Lorraine Ramos
2012 – 00720