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Television is Mindless Entertainment

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Televisions are probably one of the world’s greatest inventions. Nine out o f ten people won’t know how to explain how it actually works, but everyone who can afford one owns one. There is a lot of debate about whether TVs are good or bad.

“A television is a device you can sit in front of and watch other people do things that you could be doing if you weren’t sitting there watching them do it.” - Unknown

Yes, TVs provide mass education to people, for example, in Australia, people get their schooling via TVs if they live in remote areas. Everyday the teacher does lessons across the TV, and if the ‘pupils’ have any questions they phone in and ask on air.

In South Africa we have ‘School TV’, but it isn’t a proper schooling, like Aussie’s. Sabc also offer the Math, English and Science lessons for matrics, but they are so boring that most people don’t even bother watching it.

There are good shows like Dr. Phil and Oprah, where they actually are helping other people and teaching them right from wrong. Shows like these are interesting to watch and they are teaching us morals unlike everything else.

Channels such as National Geographic and Discovery Channel also provide education, whether you learn about Hitler or whales, you learn something at least. But these channels are only offered on DSTV which is very expensive and the people that can afford it are the well-educated ones who don’t need it, the people that really need it can’t access it anyway.

Another good thing about TV is the ‘News’, with the news on everyday, in lots of languages, everyone can keep up to date with everything that is happening around the globe without having to go to the trouble of actually reading it in a newspaper.

As everything has its pros, it must have its cons.
One of the main topics that people speak about is the fact that the programs are promoting immorality and it is eroding true Christian values.
In every ‘soapie’ and lots of other shows, there are the people that are having affairs, pre-marital sex, taking alcohol, drugs, using bad language…the list goes on, but people think it’s funny and cool and do it all themselves. People believe what they see, and think it’s alright if they are also doing it because it makes them ‘cool’.

In one incident on Dr Phil, there was a woman who was married to a great guy and they had three children, but she wanted to get divorced so that she could move in with a gay friend of hers, he didn’t love her and obviously never would, but she kept insisting, so finally he went to Dr Phil for help.

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When Dr Phil asked the woman why she wanted to do this, she said “they do it on Will & Grace and it works out, so why can’t I do it to?”
With attitudes like this people have no hope in hell when it comes to life because they can’t tell fact from fiction anymore.

On most comedies they mock marriage and make it out to be such an awful and disgusting thing because you should stay more committed than you were before and people think that it always ends up in divorce. So less people are getting married now because the rest think it is so unfashionable to do it.

“I find televisions very educating. Every time someone turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” - Groucho Marx

Most children nowadays have their own TVs in their bedroom which means their parents do not control what they watch and the children have access to age restricted movies and most of all porn. This is creating total chaos with the behavior of kids. In every cartoon there is violence, but people don’t realise it, and they let their kids watch it freely, e.g. Tom and Jerry are always using any means to try and kill each other, but it’s fine because it is a cartoon. TVs are very influential, I know from experience, after watching an anime about assassins I really want to become one myself because they glorify the violence to make it look like exciting fun, but in actual fact it’s totally unsociable and lawless!

When families have ‘TV dinners’ they don’t eat together and discuss their day with each other because no one talks when the TV is turned on, this is resulting in social break down of people and they forget how to interact properly with one another.

A short story from a book called “Ag Shame!” is very apt for this argument.
“Talk about a lack of communication between married couples! A Pietersburg woman sat in front of her TV set for four day before her husband realised she was dead.”

Children come home from school and spend the rest of the day in front of the TV instead of doing their homework and studying so they are getting such low marks and they wonder why. Once the TV is on, our brains go to sleep and we just mope around and we are slowly killing off our only brain we have, the children that watch TV all day will probably have lost half their brain cells by the time they are thirty just as one loses their muscular strength by not doing any exercise (muscles cells grow back, brain cells do not grow back.)

“Televisions are chewing gum for the eyes.” - Frank Lloyd Wright

Most TV viewers have their favorite show that they watch everyday or every week and would do anything not to miss an episode, for example, when I phone my friend and she was busy watching ‘her show’ I have to call back when it’s over no matter how important it is.

Personally I feel that TVs are a total and utter waste of time. I have never had a specific show that I watch, the only I do actually watch TV is when there is a drop-dead-gorgeous hunk on Oprah or if there is something to do with interior design and on the odd occasion I watch 7de laan with my mom. What people see that’s so interesting and entertaining about TV I will never know. I personally feel we should be spending more time being creative, reading good books, playing and interacting with people.

TVs are breaking up relationships and belittling self respect and morality, but at the same time it is providing a bit of education that someone never had. With only a few hours of education a day and the rest filled up with boring dumb ‘entertainment’ TVs can’t be a very healthy thing to have around. One should also take note that most of the boring or brainless soapies that we are fed by the TV producers are actually dictated to them by the advertising agencies whose only interest is to get the greatest viewing possible, irrespective of the moral or mental damage that the programs may cause.

So why not take control of your life and stop being a slave of the clever advertising agencies and companies. Switch your TV off and start living!



I love reality TV shows bcoz it can make u happy .There're different kinds of reality shows such as singing,dancing,cooking competitions,talent shows,travelling pragrams,living in the jungle,family shows.Reality shows are very popular in my country too.But foreign country reality TV shows are more popular than my country's .Especially korean variety shows are pretty popular in Myanmar."Rumming Man" is the most watching TV show in my country. I always watch it whenever I feel down & I want to get away from my stress.I also love "Return of Superman",a program about father has to take care of his children alone for 48 hours without getting any help. The other ones I love is "Friends over flower".It's a travel reality show.A group of friends has to travel abroad with only backpack. They are celebraties and they aren't told about this trip. Only their manager know about the show and the producer of this show suprise them and take them directly to the airport.I am interested in traveling around the world. That's why I love this show very much.I can learn a lot from this show.It's very glad to watch beautiful places whereI have never been. I also like Master Chief US,America's Next Top Model,The Voice & Battel Trip.

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