Television - Friend or Foe?

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Television – Friend or Foe

Communications technology is expanding through the entire global community. Children everywhere are born into a world of images and messages. In society today storytellers are rarely parents, grandparents, and teachers, but instead there are a handful of tar-away forces with something to sell. The media has become part of our culture as well as our identity. There are many different kinds of media, which comes in many different forms. For example, television, radio, and the newspaper are different types of media. There is one type of media that I believe has impacted millions of people around the world. In my view television has the most impact on almost all children throughout the world. The question is, whether the effects of television are affecting people of all ages negatively or positively? There are various stated points of view in favor of both the negative side and positive side of the argument. Many believe that television should have no place in especially a child’s life, and others believe that it can have a positive influence. There are shows out there that, I believe should not be on the air for children and even teens to see. For example, “The Secret Life of an American Teenager.” “The Secret Life” is aired at primetime on ABC Family. In “The Secret Life” is a high-school guidance counselor who agrees to change a student’s schedule so that he is more likely to meet a girl who will have sex with him. A cheerleader breaks up with her boyfriend after discovering that he accepted oral sex from the school tramp. A good-girl French horn player discovers she is pregnant after a one-night stand at band camp and debates with a friend whether or not to terminate the pregnancy. ABC Family seems to be transforming into the kind of television one might see on HBO. This hit show on ABC Family is changing the network’s image and may change parents’ minds on whether to allow their children to watch the channel....
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