Influence of Television

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Pandora's Box

Television is a form of media that has great ability to influence and brainwash the viewing public. The talking box in one's living room has assumed the overpowering role it plays today as a result of the weakness of society. This may seem like a negative view but a society's strength is based on the relationships between people and when so much time is spent away from others and together with the media, the actions that take place are often times a reflection of what television presents. In President Clinton's speech, he brings forth this very point and he acknowledges the family's increasing weakness and calls on all people to bring back the values of the past and stop the media from playing such a huge role in our community. The overwhelming influence of the media is a constant threat to the maintenance of traditional family values and to the protection of our children's future. Nevertheless, television cannot be changed for it is too big and powerful but compromises can be made that can strengthen society and help keep certain values protected.

Over the past decades, people have less and less time in their hands due to careers, divorces and the constant struggle for success. This unfortunately, is resulting in parents spending less time with their children, which is an important responsibility that no one or nothing can replace. President Clinton said, "television… may be the third parent, but it can't be the first or the second"(Clinton, p.173). The focus on "parental responsibility"(Clinton, p.174) is what is important and parents must ensure that their children are raised in a controlled and safe environment. The media has "more access… to children"(Clinton, p.172) then ever before, and it can develop certain bad habits, patterns and subconscious actions if the individual is too weak to fight its affect. Therefore, parents must spend more time with their children, otherwise, the old values will slowly slip away and...
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