After much debate within the class, it is time for our own personal reflection. Now, we do know what are the pros and cons associated with each party taking control of the media. The question is, who should really take control of the Media?
Contestant No. 1 (the government)
Contestant No. 2 (private media)
Which side are you on?
During the past 5 weeks of BCM 110 – Introduction to Communication and Media Studies, we came to understand the impact of the media, such as its influence on our thoughts and perspectives.
In these 50 years of national independence, the government has done a great job in governing the country, in terms of economics, security and many others.
As I have mentioned during our presentation, a series of racial riots broke out between the Malay and Chinese citizens in 1964. As a result, people were afraid to leave their homes for days, causing them to stop going to work to avoid being caught in the riot. Hence, the Singapore government made use of the media, such as through the news on television, radio and newspapers, as a platform to inform the citizens of the situation and what they should do.
At 11.10 a.m. Radio Singapore announced that the curfew would be re-imposed from 11.30 a.m. and advised people to stay indoors.
However, nothing is perfect in this world, which creates room for citizens to criticize on the government through various social platforms.
- Incapable of leading Singapore
- Why I am not proud to be Singaporean
- What they are doing with your CPF
With all of these criticisms that we hear, sub-consciously, at the back of our head, we begin to question the government’s capability in managing our country.
In all, I believe that not all of us have the competence to be responsible with what to post online. Therefore, I stand firm with my decision, that the media should be owned the government.