Mass Media provides information to the mass within less time. Mass Media in education is The Press, Television, Radio, The Motion Pictures etc. In modern times mass media contributes so much to educational development but as we know with ten good things a bad thing also comes, like that mass media with so many advantages comes also with disadvantages.
Advantages of Mass Media in Education
As we know mass media provides information within less time, television, and radio are the important parts of mass media, radio mainly broadcasts events too far and wide places of the world. It is also a source of entertainment, Mass Media provide information to a large population in less time, It is information regarding anything that is happening in any corner of the world. Children spend hours in front of the television and visualize, hear and acquire knowledge. It acts as an agency of social change. It makes ideas clear to children and helps them to acquire correct knowledge. It can make information interesting and concrete. It helps in the modification of attitudes. It sends information to remote places and helps in distant learning.
Education has far greater responsibilities than before, it has to meet the demands of a dynamic world which change its character every day. The importance of home and society education has increased drastically, and so has the role of mass media like T.V, radio, press etc.
The role of some important mass media is discussed below:
- Radio: is mainly used to broadcast events so far and wide places of the world. Radio is also a source of entertainment like debates, match commentary, news, music, events etc. For teaching, many debates and news are broadcasted on the radio.
- Television: Television is becoming more and more popular today with new features, unlike radio television broadcasts various events, news, and music but with video content too. Over time it has become a more powerful tool for educational purposes also, Television plays a vital role as a means of mass media in educating the masses.
- The Press: The entire printed matter covers The Press, like books, magazines, journals or newspapers. Reading material has vast potential it exerts a good impression on the active readers. Press not only gathers events, but they also present their views on issues. So, the readers have the opportunity to analyze the issue from many perspectives. Press also contributes to education enhancement through the topics of history, science, literature etc.
Disadvantages of Mass Media in Education
As we read, heard and know that mass media contributed so much to education throughout the time by different items and gadgets but we also know that with advantages of it there are so many disadvantages also like, children spend more and more time on televisions for entertainment purpose, they spend even their study and sleeping time on computers for movies or games. This gives birth to many problems like insomnia, mental disorder, weak eyesight etc.
Motion Pictures is also a part of mass media and in modern times children used to look those adult movies and visits that kind of sites with fake id and fake information this can ruin their career and focus on their studies and encourage them to indulge in activities like that.
Mass media is a kind of technology which puts mankind in a place that they never thought of, it is a blessing for those who use it right and a curse for those who miss uses it. It can make an individual picture and load him with unlimited knowledge or can ruin their life, and character and can play with their mind.