Is TV good or bad?
On one hand, TV isn’t just good, it is a medium that has revolutionized the way we get informed and entertained. In addition to the obvious entertaining aspect of TV portrayed by movies and series, TV is also very informative. The news, documentaries and reports pass on messages like never before. Furthermore, TV can be very educational thanks to channels like the National Geographic or The History Channel who promote learning in a more “entertaining” way. The more learning, the better, right? Yes and no, because TV doesn’t only teach “good things”, some things shown on TV just shouldn’t be learnt!
Violence, content causing prudish consequences, obscene language, and stereotypes are all unfortunately deemed “normal” actions that generally do not carry consequences on TV. The effects on children and on the crime-rate in general are unbelievably significant. For instance, a teenager in the UK obsessed with a TV killer stabbed and dismembered his girlfriend in an effort to be like an actor, a crime controversially said to be “caused” by TV. Many other examples have occurred but the concept is the same throughout. Other negative repercussions caused by television include addiction, not just a mere metaphor but a parallel to other forms of behavioural addictions, such as drugs or gambling, as well as health problems due to prolonged exposure to screens such as eyesight issues… Finally, one of the most frightening aspect of TV we thought disappeared after the freedom of speech is the distortion of truth, manipulation, and brainwashing opening the doors to what some say call “subtle modern propaganda”. If this weren’t true, television would be much less questionable.