METROTV and tvOne are two national news-channel tv stations in Indonesia. We do know that since the Orde Baru regime has been gone down, Indonesia faces new era. Now, Indonesia is in democratic era. Moreover, democratization in Indonesia is brought this country as the third largest democratic country in the world after India and United States of America.
It’s really one of our pride from our country that we have. We must be proud of it. Democracy and Islam can stand up and compliment each other here in our beloved country Indonesia. We proof to the other including to “western-world” that democracy and Islam are not in a contradictory way but they can grown up together here.
So, what is the relation between democracy and mass media?. As we know, since reformation era has come, the growth of mass media industry is grown up rapidly. While in the early 1990’s, we just had only few national tv stations. Right now, we have 10 natioanl-private tv stations including METROTV and tvOne. We know that METROTV and tvOne are mass media that really have dominant influences in changing of our dynamic society and community. They become as news-channels tv stations. May be in other countries, we know the regional news-channel such as CNN in the USA, BBC in the United Kingdom, and many other more. The functions of mass media can be stated as below :
- Mass media is functioned as monitoring institution in our society, especially it can be applied to monitor the policies that government take. Are the policies running well enough without any infractions of them?. That’s one of the main function of mass media
- Mass media is functioned as interpretation tool. It’s a medium to interpret knowledges and informations that can educate the society in a wide, massive, and efficient manners.
- Mass media is functioned as transmission tool. It can spread the values, cultures, knowledges, ideas, and informations all over the world without any barriers anymore.
- Mass media is also functioned as entertainment media. All kind of entertainments are now offered. But now, they depend on us how to choose them selectively what kind of entertainment that give us more positive effects and less negative effects.
What I want to emphasize here is our society has been grown up in a decade of years. The growth of mass media, including METROTV and tVone, is one of indication that our plural and diverse society become more educated, democratic, and mature.
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