Television (TV) is an inescapable part of modern culture. We depend on TV for information, knowledge, news and entertainment. It can be argued that TV has become an inseparable part of humans’ daily routine. With the recent explosion in satellite and digital specialty channels, it makes it even harder for TV to be separated from our lives as we now have access to a plethora of TV programmes which will enhance our lives in terms of entertaining us, informing us about up-to-date news and even learning more about the world we are living in. Yet, many people are very concerned with the negative influence of TV on us, especially our younger generation, due to the current trend of TV programmes which portray violence, sex and beauty as the norm we should embrace in our lives. These negative influences of TV have little value and hence do not contribute much to our lives. However, not all the TV programmes are of bad influence to our society. There are in fact a huge amount of TV programmes that promote and spread good values, making it worthwhile to watch TV programmes. Hence, I disagree with the statement and believe that there is more value in watching television today.
These days, programmes on TV often screen shows which have little true value but instead those with trivial subject matter. Majority of the shows screening on TV today revolve around superficial plot and shallow content which we, as a society do not agree with and uphold. Reality TV shows such as ‘Survivor’ and ‘Apprentice’ have become shows that promote the negative aspect of life like cheating, backstabbing and teaming up against common enemies so as to win the prize money at the end of the show. These negative values that are spread by these reality programmes usually give the perception that materialism is the right way and the idea of getting wealthy equals good and happy life is the goal one should have in life. The danger in this is that viewers who watch this type of show are often young and...
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