We talk to various people from
different countries about their attitudes about TV. Does TV educate or
stimulate? Or it is a drug or tranquilizer used to control the population.
There are some views, e.g. “TV has been the greatest instrument of social
democracy in Western European socialites”, - said Mr. Smith from British film
institute. Some people disagree, 90 % of TV programmes in some countries are
foreign. And some people think and feel, that TV has disrupted local culture
and social ties. Why do developing countries introduce TV? Perhaps government
do it for prestige, to show that they have introduced new technology into their
societies. Another possible reason is that political leaders want their people
to see them on TV.
TV is a very expensive medium and
many countries don’t have the technology and the money to make their own
television programmes. The result is that most countries are dependent on TV of
Britain and America. It is easier and cheaper to buy foreign products mainly
soap operas. So, a lot of people feel that TV is a danger to local cultures in
How do people usually answer the
question: “What are you going to do tonight?” or “What are you going to do at
the weekend?” In other words how do people spend their free time.
Some 20 or 30 years ago the usual answers
used to be “We are going to the theatre” or “We are going to the party” or “We
are having some friends round”. Now you are very often hear “We are going to
stay at home and watch the television”.
A first-rate colour TV set has
become an ordinary thing in the household today and a video cassette recorder
is quickly becoming one.
Modern TV offers viewers several
programmes on different channels. In addition to regular newscasts you see
plays and films, operas and ballets and watch all kinds of contests, quizzes
and sporting events. You can also get a lot of useful information of the
educational channels. A good serial can keep the whole family infront of the TV
for days, and don’t we spend hours and hours watching our favorite football and
hockey term in an important international event.
In the conclusion we may say, TV
most definitely plays a very important part in people’s life, but is this a
good thing or a bad one? Don’t we go out less often, then we used to? Don’t we read less?
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