Television is a form of media that has great ability to influence and brainwash the viewing public. The talking box in one’s living room has assumed the overpowering role it plays today as a result of the weakness of society. This may seem like a negative view but a society’s strength is based on the relationships between people and when so much time is spent away from others and together with the media, the actions that take place are often times a reflection of what television presents. In President Clinton’s speech, he brings forth this very point and he acknowledges the family’s increasing weakness and calls on all people to bring back the values of the past and stop the media from playing such a huge role in our community. The overwhelming influence of the media is a constant threat to the maintenance of traditional family values and to the protection of our children’s future. Nevertheless, television cannot be changed for it is too big and powerful but compromises can be made that can strengthen society and help keep certain values protected.
Over the past decades, people have less and less time in their hands due to careers, divorces and the constant struggle for success. This unfortunately, is resulting in parents spending less time with their children, which is an important responsibility that no one or nothing can replace. President Clinton said, “television… may be the third parent, but it can’t be the first or the second”(Clinton, p.173). The focus on “parental responsibility”(Clinton, p.174) is what is important and parents must ensure that their children are raised in a controlled and safe environment. The media has “more access… to children”(Clinton, p.172) then ever before, and it can develop certain bad habits, patterns and subconscious actions if the individual is too weak to fight its affect. Therefore, parents must spend more time with their children, otherwise, the old values will slowly slip away and new ones, established by television, will take their place for good.
Television has incredible power. In a society where money signifies success and influence, television has taken its place among the most prosperous of businesses. Television cannot be attacked because it can and has successfully stood up to all sorts of challenges. The solution of changing its role in society lies within man himself. Television, despite many negative aspects, has much to offer. It is a great tool for learning, communication and for information. Attacking television may deprive us of such benefits therefore this trend must be approached with “more conversation and less combat”(Clinton, p.173). Instead of criticizing, we should look for alternatives that, in the long run, will benefit society. Just as televisions’ bad influence has settled in slowly in our community, it can slowly be filtered out with time, patience and most importantly with everyone’s cooperation.
We, society, are responsible for making television a threat to traditional values and future generations. It is our duty, as a population, to work together to steer away from the tube to the values that will strengthen society. Step by step, this can be done and the future will get brighter in the long run.
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Despite the development of the Internet, television is still one of the most important sources of information. It plays such a significant role in people’s everyday lives that it’s almost impossible to imagine how we would live if there were no TV. One can argue that for many people television is no longer the main source they get the latest news from but it is practically impossible, however, to find a family that doesn’t have a television. We certainly don’t gather around the television any more as our parents used to every evening in the 70-90s to watch a new fabulous film or discuss the latest news.
There are a lot of advantages making television so popular. The main reason why so many people choose this means of getting information and entertainment is its simplicity and convenience. All you have to do is to press a button and sink comfortably into a chair.
The main problem of television is that little by little we become dependent on TV. It’s lucky that more and more people are beginning to go in for sports these days. Sports usually take us a great deal of time, so we become less dependent on TV.
Now let’s speak about different kinds of people working on television and qualities these people should have. It’s still quite difficult to appear on television without the following qualities: intelligence, talent, beauty, leadership qualities and energy. It’s far more interesting to listen to a football report full of energy than to “a peaceful story” a commentator hankers to tell you. Similarly, weather forecasts would not be so exciting if announcers were “plain”. There are plenty of arguments for and against television but it’s however unlikely to be a thing of the past in the near future.
In our time there’s such a wide variety of programmes that everyone can choose something he’s particularly interested in. For instance, if you are an animal lover you may be fascinated to watch such channels as “Animal Planet” or “BBC One”. The latter is not a channel broadcasting programmes only about animals but nevertheless the programmes of that kind come out on BBC One regularly. However, the most popular programme is still news (or is that better to say: however, news still remains the most popular programme?). As it was said above news is the main reason why so many people have a TV set at home. What can be of more interest than to watch the latest news report from the other end of the world? I fully agree that one can read the same news on the Internet: a great many sites give you the opportunity to follow any event taking place in the world every minute. Nevertheless, there are a few channels which have roll captions giving you the same opportunity. One thing that the Internet cannot give you now is picture transmission. Many will start arguing that it can but let them realize that there are still a lot of people using modems to browse the web. It’s quite difficult for them to download a video clip with the latest news.
To sum up, I would like to say that television will remain one of the most important source of information in the years ahead, regardless of the development of other sources.