Could Buddhism inspire a post-colonial and nonviolent media model that would surmount the technological maelstrom that is destroying acknowledged journalism? The rise of social media has led to the collapse of the Eurocentric media model. In a fight for supremacy, editors considering the arbiters of unlimited and gatekeepers of ideas and suggestion have ceded run to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and the bloggers.
Adding maltreat to injury, robots government upon algorithms known as artificial penetration and machine learning are said to soon replace journalists taking into account prized for their erudition, discretion and perspective.
These were some of the issues discussed at a conference organized in additional Delhi recently below the aegis of International Confederation of Buddhists, titled Asian Buddhist Media Conclave Mindful Communication for prosecution Avoidance and Sustainable Development.
Certainly supplementary answers are called for. The enhancement of fictitious news in the virtual world has real world outcome (for instance, in India erroneous and photoshopped Whatsapp messages have pushed mobs to bump misuse and lynching.) The anarchy of the post-truth guidance marketplace raising the banner of free speech has pushed the mainstream newspapers and channels to vie often unsuccessfully taking into consideration citizen journalists for viewership and relevance.
The realities of economics and falling advertising revenues have pushed media organizations that subsequently cherished savings account and objectivity additional towards ideological extremes, or, equally worse, into the folds of corporate ownership.
It is tiny wonder then that academics, scholars and media practitioners are looking for every second models of media and journalism.
Indic-Buddhist media model
As Einstein appropriately famously observed: No pain can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.
In a stirring keynote speech, Indian journalist M Gurumurthy envisioned an inclusive post-colonial vision of bump media that thrives on philosophy and engagement rather than ideology and division.
All narratives feed upon ideological fighting and fittingly the think-anew if- not-dismantle-our-dominant-media-paradigms. (We obsession to rescue philosophy from the gas chambers of ideology, Gurumurthy said.) Ideas have an increasingly shorter shelf-life, he said, pointing, for instance, to the now-defunct mainstream neoliberal economics of unfettered financial globalization that approximately pushed the world to the brink of great Depression in 2008.
The secular and inclusive Indic and Asian philosophy that prioritizes dialogue and debate is the craving of the hour because it would guide to a world that is less conflict-ridden and violent.
As General secretary of IBC Venerable Dhammapiya, a Buddhist monk and scholar from Indian permit of Tripura, sharp out in his speech how journalists should make more noticeable the determined aspects of news and sit on the fence from incendiary narratives (Journalists should not always focus upon darkness, but on lightning the candle that brings light.)
Indic Buddhist civilization could contribute to a other vision of media in the 21st century, said Arvind Gupta, the director of Vivekananda International Foundation, one of the co-organizers of the conference.
Media scholar Kalinga Sevaratne highlighted the need to put up to more dialogue along with Buddhist traditions and to build narratives that challenge the generally simplistic reporting and writings upon Buddhism as a religion.
Sevaratne, who helped fabricate a UNESCO-funded Buddhist-inspired media program at Thailands Chulalongkorn University, proposed a human-centric journalism paradigm that could be offered to anyone regardless of religious and diplomatic affiliation.
The meeting discussed the content and duration, and authorization of such courses, and how best to push such novel media methodologies.
Buddhist philosophy offers ways in which to not on your own rethink, if not replace, the Western media model but after that offer well-ventilated organizing principles and even conceptual norms for a further media model such as Middle-Path Journalism proposed by Bhutanese scholar Dorji Wangchuk.
Wangchuk, formerly media assistant to the Bhutanese royal family, believes that the time-honored Four Theories of Press and the Fourth estate model puff individual values and rights though Middle-Path Journalism prioritizes community well-being over individual freedom.
Dorjis further model of journalism is heavily influenced by the experience of Bhutan. (It is based upon four pillars of community and collectivism, compassion, commitment and contentment, the last of which is the core concept of Bhutans terrifying National Happiness).
Already, within the context of Buddhist practice, thesame guidelines have been proposed by others including Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, who published social media guidelines for students in 2013 upon how to be more mindful not quite their actions upon the Internet.
Such guidelines have much import in the wake of growing incident of sexual harassment allegations in the Buddhist community, which the conference also discussed in the context how to greater than before cover Buddhism as a religion.
Mindful Media Network
Buddhist-inspired frameworks can utility as ethical guideposts for mainstream media behind the theories of press, and the mantle of free speech on which it rests, seemed to have been highly challenged by social media.
To support instigate a paradigm shift in prevailing media models, the other Delhi conference pledged to initiation a mindful news network akin to a Buddhist joined Press under the aegis of IBC as well as training programs for media practitioners.
Buddhist studious and practitioner Shantum Seth uptight the habit to enhance not just academic and conceptual training but meditation practices into any courses upon Asian centric model of journalism. The stress upon meditation practice and experience, he said, is precisely what distinguishes Asian models of media from dominant methodologies.
A feasible starting dwindling would be to allow sharp mindful meditation courses, aided by conceptual framework in Middle-Path Journalism, to professional journalists and writers and gradually progress their intention audience. These can furthermore be offered through both press clubs, journalists interaction and other hypothetical institutes.
The set sights on should be to create mindful and Middle-Path journalism as accessible and palatable to people across religious and national divides just as mindful meditation courses are offered as regards the world, purely based on their relevance as a solution to the real-world problems.
Tsering Namgyal is a Tibetan journalist and author based in Hong Kong. He is the author of the novel The Tibetan Suitcase and other works.