The role and responsibility of Indonesian television media.
Influence of Television
We know what impact the Media has on their clients.
In this respect I wish to write particularly about the Indonesian television media.
Sight, sound and colour are such powerful ingredients. So powerful that it gains hold surreptitiously for an undiscerning spectator. For those who are discerning, eventually they too become victims by whatever is repeatedly pushed at their faces.
Low Quality TV
I find in most cases, Indonesian televised programs pander to the gutter level content rather than be what it ought to be - a veritable tool that has the ability to educate, to uplift and to improve the mindset of the populace.
The kind of fare that would make me sit up and watch Indonesian TV does not even go beyond a full count of five fingers. Besides, it has nothing to do with Bahasa Indonesia because I consider that I am competent with Bahasa Indonesia. There is the News brief, the occasional kungfu movie that I missed watching, Indonesian Idol, an old Indonesian comedy, hmmmm that's about it.
Having said that, I am not being radical. Of course there is the need to relax and to be entertained and of course there will always be a need to have entertainment shows.
Understandably, there are cultural issues that are inherent with every nation. I am not saying that Indonesia has to be pretentious and televise shows that Indonesians would not be able to understand. Language and native nuances have its purpose and function since it would be appreciated by natives of the land.
Neither is it the language nor the indigenous aspects that I am referring to.
Compared to 1976 when I first visited Indonesia, there have been changes. Change is integral with time; for better I hope. With regard to change, quality is far more important than the quantity that is being televised.
One could understand when there are program reruns. It is either due to a lack of innovation or due to a scarcity of new programs or due to a lack of funds. I would pick the first reason because it can be seen from the quality of programs being televised.
Indonesians would gain from informative documentaries concerning health care, childcare, safety, good etiquette, D.I.Y's, et cetera instead of trash talk shows, slap stick comedies and the must-have transvestite character in their local productions.
Gossip shows, celebrity scandals and daily crime reports do not have a positive impact. Instead, by providing information that deal with self-development skills, productivity skills, entrepreneurial opportunities, showcase of successful Indonesians, cottage industry and so on, these would definitely improve the mindset in Indonesia. It would be a boon for the nation too.
Human Value & Knowledge
The natural resources of Indonesia are being plundered and wasted. One of several reasons being because Indonesian human resources take a backseat. There seems to be little effort or no attention given to the overwhelming potential of human resources in Indonesia. The television in Indonesia could fill that vacuum provided it is done in the way TV should be managed.
Perhaps it is an inherent prerequisite for the rich and powerful who own the television networks that the poor and the ignorant must continue to exist or else the former would be none for the better. All that it needs is to drive them into a mental stupor with graphic opium, in one word it is called trash.
What the archipelago has to offer in the way of knowledge is immense. Its cuisine, dance, clothing, marriage, way of life and livelihood, the locale's history, folklore, cultural rites and rituals, the richness of their land and seas, the heritage of fauna and flora, modern science discoveries, et cetera; something that most Indonesian children, let alone Indonesian adults, are ignorant about.
That is only talking about what Indonesia possesses and the possibilities to improve with the power of the television media. Knowledge from the rest of the world has not yet been considered here.