Many people think television has mostly a negative impact on their lives because television displays a lot of violence, gossip, and erotic things. They think watching TV will waste their time, disorder their thinking, and give bad demonstrations to their child. Actually, most people hold the wrong views about watching TV; it is beneficial to watch TV. Here are the reasons why.
First of all, there is the information that I can absorb from television. Daily news, for example, has a lot of information that I never know about and reports a lot of incidents which happen around the world such as America sends army and air force to Iraq and catches its president, by the way, we can learn not only information but also about different societies, cultures, and customs I can not learn from news such as some strange traditions of a small city that I have never heard in China or another small country in the corner of the earth. Although I spend my time on television but I get something more valuable and helpful than what I consume.
Secondly, there is the excitement that I can get from television when I am bored. There are many exciting movies on HBO, for instance, “Terminator I, II, and III” are very good movies to cheer me up. Many parents think that kind of exciting movies are too violent for their children to watch because they blame the movies for their children’s behavior rather than tell their children what is right and what is wrong; furthermore, parents and adults can watch “RoboCop” by themselves and they can enjoy the movie without worrying about their children learning bad things or violent behaviors from it.
Last but not least, there is the stimulation that I can bring to my brain from the television such as the show – Super Millionaire. This program is very popular not only in America but also in my country – Taiwan because people can join the game in their homes with the participants at the television station, and this can stimulate my brain by thinking about and answering the questions even I can’t really get the bonus if I got the correct answer. Moreover, I can call in the show to win the prize if there is no winner today; this kind of television program suits both children and adults; there is no bad influence or side effects.
To sum up, it is in terms of absorbing information, getting excitement, and stimulating my brain so that television has no negative but only positive impacts on my life. If I want to learn or know something by another way instead of television, I truly believe that I will spend more time and more money to reach my goal.
Television is part of the American culture. It benefits people in many ways. Many people use the television as a mayor part of information. Television is beneficial because it provides news, entertainment and education.
News is the first beneficial aspect of television. For example, people today need to watch the news to keep track of what is happening with the war in Iraq. Also, news provides information on weather, crime and many other news that are occurring around the world. Another example is that news gives people information on school closings and traffic before he or she may want to leave the house. These are some reasons why news on television are beneficial.
Entertainment is the second reason why television is beneficial. Entertainment takes peoples minds away from the bad situations that could be occurring in every day life. On the article “Friend or foe? The cult of tivo Cometh,” Warren st John says that “people that use the device called tivo is a gods machine”(1). This is because tivo is a device that records one’s favorite entertainment shows and the only shows they might enjoy(1). Also at the same time this device deletes all of the commercials so viewing can be more pleasurable(st John,1). For example, entertainment television can have on going programs twenty fours hours a day. Entertainment is the second reason why television is beneficial.
The final reason why television is beneficial is because it is educational for adults and kids. For example, some channels that are educational are Discovery, TLC, Court Tv, Discovery Health and many more. People that watch educational television can find interesting topics that they may want to make a career out of. Also, children can benefit from educational television. For example, children watch shows like blues clues, sesame street that entertain them and educate them. Also, these channels teach children manners and many important things that they may have to learn. This is how television is beneficial for educational purposes.
In conclusion, the reasons listed above are why television is beneficial to the American life style. By watching television, people learn new information that was not know before. Television is beneficial because of news, entertainment and education.
St John, Warren. “Friend or Foe? Cult of Tivo Cometh.” New York Times