How Do Media Contribute to Maintaining a Sense of National Identity

The media and other dominant cultural institutions have a crucial role in defining national identity, charting its boundaries and maintaining its presence in the imagination and lives of common people. A strong sense of communion is to be built in the minds of everyone in the state, and the media in all its diverse forms- print, radio, television, electronics- has to create and distribute images and messages which could help to maintain and foster this strong sense of national feeling and love for one’s own country.
Any discussion on national identity should begin with the very concept of what a nation is. A nation cannot be defined by its geographical boundaries alone. Instead “the essence of a nation is a psychological bond that joins people, and differentiates it, in the subconscious mind of its members, from all non-members.” Thus, the concept of a nation stems from a body of similar ideas, thoughts, a shared structure of feelings, and a larger common consciousness that is cherished by its members and reinforced through their patriotic deeds. In the same way, the national identity of a country consists of the unique, unified national culture of its citizens. For any nation to maintain its national identity, it should be proud of its common cultural factors like a common language, a shared history, and collective memory, rich tradition, myths, common ancestry, it’s folk tales, and heroes,&nbsp.popular culture and media, and it should be able to resist any external factors that may hinder its unity and feeling of oneness: “National culture organizes and sustains communal memory… it reinhabits the landscape using restored ways of life, heroes, and exploits. it formulates impressions and emotions and pride as well as defiance”.

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