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The Effects Of Television On Your Life
The effects of television have increased dramatically over the years. Television itself has changed immensely since it's debut. The early televisions were even part mechanical. The display screen used a little motor that spun a little disc and small lamp to create a very blurry picture. Soon after the all electronic television came about, broadcasting quickly followed. The world has changed dramatically ever since.
Early television was received in the homes by the use of antennas. Most of these were mounted on towers and had to be turned to point in different directions to pick up other stations. The picture was low to medium quality at best. For apartment dwellers and others who had no place for an outdoor antenna system, rabbit ear antennas were widely used. The picture was of even poorer quality. With the start of cable television and then later when satellite service and digital TV became available, picture quality increased tremendously.
It seems violence has been in television since the beginning of broadcasting. There has also been many good wholesome family shows that were non-violent in nature. Shows like Andy of Mayberry, Gilligan's Island, and My three sons were all basically non -violent programming. Television has also brought about many other good quality programs. It just seems that as the years go by, violent shows far outnumber the non-violent.
Cartoons have always had an element of violence in them. Popeye, Mighty Mouse, Underdog, and others were all based on violence. They all had their special villain that each had to fight. Bugs Bunny was shot at so many times that his rabbit hole should have been filled with purple hearts. Children are usually exposed to violence on television at a very early age. Even though we think babies do not understand, they should not be placed in the vicinity of violent television programs.
War movies, westerns, and action movies are usually packed with violence. There is so much violence on TV that most people don't even realize how much they are exposed to each day. Keep track of how many violent scenes in one movie and you will be amazed. Is this television effect indeed the cause and increase in violence throughout the world? The world has always been a violent place with countless wars before the invent of television, but I believe it is worth a try to go the other route and see if non-violent programs can slow the violence down.
Some recent children's television shows have thrived without the violence. Sesame Street, The Electric Company, and Barney are some of the most popular programs that feature friendship, sharing, and getting along no matter what race you might be. This could be the way of the future instead of fighting wars and violent crimes. There are enough natural disasters around without having to create man made ones.
What is the television effect? It has both good and bad effects, but it is one of the best sources of entertainment that has been around for almost as long as anyone can remember. The best effect is limit what you watch and add other sources of entertainment in place of what you were watching. Go out and do things. Play a game of softball. Go for walks and get some exercise. Build a bird house. After a while you will find out you do not need the TV as much as you thought you did.
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