“(Radio) broadcasting is a permanent part of the machinery of modern life. It has come to stay and universal television will soon be a practical proposition. There is too great a tendency to regard everything which is new as of obvious benefit to mankind. But in our opinion, the BBC has not only done harm to children but to everyone else who listens in. The effect of broadcasting as a whole is bad because there is too much of it. The inveterate listener is in danger of losing the capacity for personal effort. He is liable to acquire a habit for mental laziness. In the long run he may even cease to think for himself. A spoon fed generation goes from bad to worse” – Daily Mirror, England, 1945.
The above quote is about radio, but it equally applies to TV as well. I have not had a TV for the last two years. So, its actually possible to live without a TV! I heard someone telling in a debate that, ‘While a book lets you to imagine and fuels your creativity, a director imagines/ thinks for you in TV’. I have always felt it was right!
“I find television to be very educating. Every time some one turns on the set, I go to the other room and read a book” – Groucho Marx
Whenever I see people watching a TV, they see the comedy shows, movies, sports, sensational news or serials. Though I agree that a TV is meant for entertainment, what passes as entertainment (and the amount of time spent watching it) is unjustifiable. Imagine how the kids get glued in to the box to watch their cartoon serials for hours together – at an age when they ought to be playing and developing some inter personal skills.
“Television has done much for the psychiatry by spreading information about it, as well as contributing to the need for it” – Alfred Hitchcock
When you watch a joke once or twice, its funny. But when you watch it a hundredth time (especially some of the vulgar ones), you can’t help but wonder if they are funny. And if it is funny even the hundredth time you watch it, there is something going wrong somewhere else in your life! I don’t even have to say how ‘real’ these reality shows are! Why such a name in the first place?
“The one function that TV News performs very well is that, when there is no news we give it to you with the same emphasis, as if there were” – David Brinkley
Sports. In India, sports is Cricket. When I was young, I was so much in to watching the cricket matches (they were rare then) that I once worried – ‘What will happen if an exam comes on the next day of an important cricket match? That’s because, I wouldn’t have been able to revise/ study for it! Just imagine the plight of the kids these days – Just now the world cup was over, the IPL has already started! And these two are happening in the time when final exams are generally held!
“Life is a theater; Cinema is art; Television is furniture”
Less said about movies, the better! No wonder, TV and movies are such a good match! I really wonder, what happened to those meaningful movies that we used to watch earlier in DD/ even in the Cinema halls? Has the generation gap become so much that I just cannot connect to the crap that gets passed as movies these days? I don’t even want to mention about the violence and vulgarity.
“I could have been a doctor, but there were too many good shows on TV!”
The serials – I had the opportunity to watch about five to six episodes of some of them. You may not believe it, in one of them – The hero was searching for his wife, when the serial ended one day. Then, I missed the second day. The third day, he was still searching, throughout the episode! I don’t know how many more episodes he is going to – I am determined to find out 😛
“The same media that claim violence on TV doesn’t influence people, are perfectly willing to sell you advertising time”
Earlier, I was glued to the TV, when a sensational news broke. I used to sit in front of the TV for hours together before realizing how much time has passed. So, when I had no TV, the ‘sensational news’ came next day in the news paper and I was still fine!!
I am not saying that TV is useless, But its very close 🙂 Of course, when you are alone, and totally bored – TV might be a good time pass. And, I might have overlooked a few good / educative aspects of the TV, but I think the disadvantages overshadow the advantages. What do you think?