It was just an ordinary day. After the usual drill of office & gym, I reached my abode and went straight into my usual state of being a couch potato. Owing to a very hectic day I was all drained and so decided to do my favorite thing – fiddling with the remote to find a channel with some light entertainment. Since choosing a channel and staying on it for even the next five minutes is a very challenging task these days, I kept switching them each time I blinked.
Meanwhile, my father also arrived and we started our chitchat, paying less attention to the TV and more on the conversation. I almost forgot to swap the channel when a weird scene seized my attention. A tall, sturdy man was standing with a girl in a corridor. The distance between them was negligible. He was holding her neck in his forearms as if to choke her. They were ‘supposedly’ engaged in a fight, and the girl was nearly begging him for the lost attention and love. Who could say this is an Islamic country and ours is a religion that teaches us to respect women.
I turned my head slightly to look at my father and found his eyes fixed at me. I believe we are still left with some values (though fast deteriorating) in today’s society, and such scenes are still embarrassing for us. I immediately resorted to the remedial discussion to overcome the uncomfortable silence between the two of us.
I wonder what is now left for us to watch with our families. Those good, old days when all the family members would sit together to watch a drama are gone for sure. Thanks to the ever-multiplying Tv channels, there’s surely no lack of variety but then, what about values? Where have they vanished? Leave the entertainment channels, we can’t even watch news channels with even our parents. Every sort of news is broadcasted on these channels with all the needed masala to spice up the already oh-so-hot news, without any thought given to the effects it may have on the audience.
It doesn’t end here. During the intervals, the rich horizon of advertisements compensate what the dramas fall short of. With no understanding of the mechanics behind these advertisements, I wonder how, as a society, we have completely erased the boundaries between the appropriate and the inappropriate! Right from our childhood, there were hoards of topics that were entirely a no-no for us. Today the media has blurred these borders. I am all in favor of properly educating children about all they are supposed to know, but there are definitely things that should only be unboxed when adulthood approaches.
Even those ads that target children as their audience are replete with explicit and suggestive terms and images. There is currently an aggressive ad for a silly chewing gum.. yes you read it right..’chewing gum’.. that is so indecent that I couldn’t believe that all that ‘effort’ was to sell a thing as innocent as a chewing gum! The safest Tv option for kids has always been the cartoons. Today, even that’s risky because of the excessive vulgarity quotient in it! Need I remind you of Johny Bravo and the others of this league…
It may sound a cliché but we need to wake up before it is too late. We as viewers should be mindful of what is and what is not acceptable for us & for our families. You and I; we all have to raise our voice against this vulgarity rampant in our society, if any positive change is to be brought about. Media will ‘have to’ provide us clean entertainment if only we put forward this demand.
Khud badlo k Pakistan badle…