“A sign of wisdom and maturity is when you come to terms with the realization that your decisions cause you rewards and consequences”- Denis Waitley. Responsibility and authority go hand in hand. What exactly is authority?? It is almost impossible to give a precise definition to this term. The word authority will denote different meanings in different contexts. It may be used as a word to express an idea of superior person or scholarly person. A father exercises authority in a family. In some context it could be said that a particular person is an authority in “say” classical music or modern art. A psychologist would say that the idea of ‘authority’ is born when a child becomes conscious of the world. Here it is mainly concerned with legal and political context and hence authority is indeed influence based on recognized knowledge or expertise. A man with authority regulates social behaviour by virtue of his capacity for reasoned elaboration, his capacity for giving convincing reasons for what he does or want other to do. In such a context media can be definitely be categorized in a powerful authoritative instrument. Lets examine the following examples:
This cover story of HINDUSTHAN TIMES June 26/11
“Docs turn scores of baby girls into boys”
This article claims surgeons of Indore performing hundreds of gender change operation on children. HT has a description of the operation and carried in an information graphic alongside the article. Furthermore it is quoted the Indore doctors also saying that the operation is performed in children with ambiguous or abnormal genitalia. It is also said these operation are done on children whose internal organ do not match with their external genitalia. For a layman reading this article numerous questions arise, prominently indicating if these Indore doctors were converting healthy baby girl into boys by hundreds. Elaborating on the pros and cons of this article, an...