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Television plays a major role in influencing the society of today
 
I would say that television has an influence on our lives today but not too much. It is a significant influence but not a prime one. A majority of the world's population, coming especially from the poorer countries, do not have television sets. Watching television is, therefore, a luxury. It is in these areas that the statement does not apply at all.

In America, however, watching television is the most popular pastime for the average citizen. An average of two hours per day and more so on weekends is spent in front of the set. The trend is similar in other developed countries like Japan. However, in an average developed country like Malaysia, where the average person spends an average of an hour or so a day passively being entertained by this medium, the influence is less felt.

There are other competing demands on one's time in this fast paced, modern world. Even in poor countries, work takes up a lot of a person's time as he engages in the harsh struggle to eke out a daily living. Often, children are also roped in to work part or full time to help their families survive. In many developing countries like China and Malaysia, the middle classes spend much of their time working to pay their bills like utilities, housing mortgages and provisions. The children too are caught in the rat race. School is a continuous struggle to keep up with studies, homework and parental expectations. Watching television is consigned to what spare time people have, usually not more than an hour a day except during weekends.

Yet, in spite of the limited time left for, television, whatever is transmitted from the box is influential. This is especially so for young, impressionable minds and especially so for American children who have less homework and spend more time in front of the set. For those children, the messages from the screen may have a negative influence on them. Advertisers try to persuade them to buy goods and toys which may be undesirable or beyond the parents' budgets. They may also like to imitate the make-believe actions and antics of heroes like the 'Ninja Turtles' or `Power Puff Girls'. Children have been known to harm themselves as they tried to imitate their idols.

Advertisers try to influence the viewers to buy merchandise or services with persuasive power, or to subscribe to certain lifestyles. This fuels the demand for fashionable goods and services. Television may promote greatly the consumer culture, but the values they uphold may be undesirable. Dubious ethical values like liberal sex and violence would have effects on young, impressionable and uneducated people. Thankfully, surveys have confirmed that people recognize that much of what is shown on television is not real.

Against these insidious influences, knowing parents, teachers and lawmen try to counter them. There is limited time for watching television, but its influence can be substantial. The forces for good will try to channel the appetite for watching television to watching more educational programs or healthy dramas or game shows. There are other media like the mobile phone, the radio and computers which compete for a person's time. Other pastimes also take up a person's time.

Most people in this world will have access to television. However, they will be caught in many other pursuits like work or alternative leisure which will mitigate the influence of television. Television is a significant influence, but it does not exert too great an influence on life today.

     
impressionable   vulnerable
     
insidious   dangerous
     
mitigate   lessen
 
 

 

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