Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who was recently in Kochi, acknowledged the increasing influential role of social media in present times. But at the same time, the PM also stressed that the “relatively static’ print medium retained its relevance as it was “more credible and better informed.” According to Zee News, these thoughts were shared by the PM who was in Kochi on Sunday, where he was inaugurating the 90th anniversary celebrations of an Indian newspaper, ‘Mathrubhumi’.
Speaking on the occasion, the PM further added that,
“Media, too, sometimes contributes towards making news. This is particularly true of the social media which is playing an ever increasing role in our life. The internet has telescoped events to a degree unheard of in human history. However, the relatively static medium of print retains a special relevance because it can be more credible and better informed.”
The support for social media from the PM comes after he had supported the crack down of the medium. In September 2013, the PM and a number of Chief Ministers had demanded some mechanism to check the uncontrolled use of social media. At the NIC gathering in the capital, it was emphasized by the PM that social media is being used to spread objectionable content and hatred among communities. Though at the same time, he was also of the view that social media is helping youngsters to get new information and new thought.
“Social media helps youngsters to get new information and new thought. It should be used in ensuring brotherhood and communal harmony.
It is necessary to maintain independence of giving opinion and views by people in social media. But at the same time, it is also important that we do not let miscreants and troublemakers to misuse social media. I feel today’s meeting will look into the issue of misuse of social media and deliberate on it.”
Once again the PM has accepted the influential role of social media in present times but at the same time he has vouched for the print medium on the grounds of being credible and better informed.