Essay on The Effects Of Television On Society
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The Effects Of Television On Society
There is probably no greater influence on society than the television. It has become arguably the greatest invention of the past century. With it, we have witnessed countless historical events: Inaugurations of presidents; man’s first steps on the moon; the assignation of John F. Kennedy; even disasters as they happen. Americans watch TV in the morning to receive the daily news. They eat watching it. They watch it before they go to bed. But as television has saturated our lives, has it always resulted toward our betterment or has it possibly led to the deprivation of American society?
Although there are many benefits of television, American society has most assuredly been adversely affected by…show more content…
Many attribute Kennedy’s victory in the close election of 1960 to the presentation he made in two televised debates in the closing months of the campaign. The media has an agnate ability to control the ideas of American politics and rewrite history without too many people even noticing. Most Americans hold dear the precious first amendment right of free speech. But with freedom, there must also be responsibility. Societies that do not offer freedom in the media often have the lowest crime rates of the world. Why is this?
Television has softened the moral values and ideals of its viewers. It has the power to preach into our subconscious what its advertisers want you to believe. That is why billions of dollars are spent on advertising. Why? Because it works! Continued saturation by shows that softly depict murder, crime and abuse, sometimes soften our moral stances on important issues. From the stances we take on ecological issues to our religious beliefs, television has the power to effect our own values. This is most notable in children. It has social and economic consequences on families. They watch a show on television, and they begin to want to wear clothes that have the insignia of their favorite character. They begin to act like their favorite character. They even respond to their friends and parents in much the same way their favorite character would. This has led to children even acting out the violent scenes they have viewed on television in their
The television has become one item of a family's existence to such an extent that, now it cannot be brushed aside at this stage. It is a part of every home whether it is in an urban locality or the rural.
This mechanism has done a lot of service to man in every sphere of life. It helps educate young people, it provides entertainment sitting in the comfort of the home, and, above all, it tells all about things happening in and out of the country, throughout the world.
All this is wonderful and a great service to man but, at the same time, it also has a negative side to it, a negative impact on the society of the times. People have got so very engrossed in this TV and its wide variety of programmes that, no one, yes no one has any time to spare for even his next-door neighbor, leave aside the society at large.
When a TV programme is to be aired, people of all hues and colors get glued to their sitting rooms, no matter what may occur around them. They become absolutely unaware of their surroundings and are completely lost into the world of the television. This attitude makes them in turn, unsocial and confined to their homes unmindful of what goes on next door.
We rarely go to a party or a get together where people are not heard talking of having missed a television programme, and sulking for it. So much so that, programmes like the Ramayana and the Mahabharata made people even leave important appointments for, after all how could they afford to miss a serial.
With this change, socializing is becoming a rare pleasure, as all pleasures and entertainments are found at the foot of the 'Idiot Box'. This is a very bad impact of the TV on the social lives of our people. Besides the adults, even children prefer to watch a programme on the TV. Rather than enjoy a game of football or cricket.
This makes the children also bereft of their valuable sports, the exercise it involves, and the meeting with their peer group on the games field.
Thus this TV has a negative impact on both adults and children alike, in making them unsocial. My personal view is that, if we are not able to strike a balance between TV viewing and socializing, that day is not far when society as a whole, will be a lost entity and non-existent.
Everyone will live by himself, for himself just like the living beings of the animal world. We will that day not believe in the definition that man is a social animal, and, that day we may have to be satisfied by saying that man is just another animal and not a social animal.