January 29, 2015



English Essay on "Television"

Television possesses all the qualities that cinema has. Both are popular because of their pictorial appeal to the viewers. Each of them provides its viewers with amusement, knowledge and information.
But in attracting the viewers, television excels cinema in many ways. Whereas a cinemagoer has to pay his ticket every time he goes to the pictures, a television viewer hasn't to do anything of the sort. Once his set has been bought and paid for, he has nothing to pay beyond an annual licensing fee and the cost of occasional repairs, if necessary. There is no restriction on the number of viewers that a family may admit to its living room, so long as no admission fee is charged. Usually many neighbors (in our country at least) are seen clustering round a television set-at no cost to them or any extra cost to the owner.
Whereas one going to the picture has to travel to the cinema hall and cope with such natural obstructions as heat, cold, thunder, rain and storm, there is not such inconvenience facing a television-viewer. Rain or sunshine, his source of amusement is easily accessible-in the corner of his living room.
Closed doors, curtained windows, and hundreds of people breathing together make the cinema hall really unhealthy. But the doors and windows of a house need not be shut, nor is it necessary to switch off the lights when the television set is on. Television audiences are very small and include few strangers who may be suspected of carrying any diseases, infectious or contagious.
The films normally shown on television are not as lengthy as those running at the cinema-halls. This appeals to some people and is particularly good for the young people who are not supposed to sit through those long boring things that the cinema-films generally are. The newsreels shown in the cinema have to give stale news, but television can supply pictures of events as they are taking place. Thus television has the advantage of regency over cinema.
But the fact that television is more attractive than cinema makes it more harmful, too. Every time a person goes to the pictures, he has to spend money. This makes it quite deterring for him to visit the cinema again and again. In saving this money, he tries to find amusement outdoors, and spends his evening and other for time in some physical pursuits like sports and games. But a person addicted to viewing television programs ruins his health by sitting before the set from tile beginning of the day's program to its very end. In some houses, rest in the afternoon, exercise in the evening, and practice of retiring early for the night, have lost their importance. In some the living room has replaced the dining room as children refuse to eat away from the television sets.(4essay.blogspot.com) Those possessing television sets seldom leave their homes to visit any friends as one program or another is too important to be missed. And when such families get visitors, they find it more important to go on viewing their program silence than to talk to their guests. After a few words of welcome and courteous enquiries, the host turns his eyes and ears to the set and the guest has no choice but to follow suit. Television makes people unsocial and unsociable.
Television badly affects children's studies. They have no time left for revising their lessons or doing their homework. May be the teachers too, spend most of their time before their sets and have' little left for making their pupils' work or preparing the lessons they have to teach the next morning.
Children are often seen quarrelling over the films to be seen and missed, if the family concerned happens to place a limit on the time to be given to television viewing. And the parents quarrel, too, at least over the feasibility of certain films to be seen by the children. This often happens right in the presence of children.
Then there is the constant problem of gate crashing and peeping at the window by the 'neighbours. Many poorer parents have to incur debts to buy television sets in order to prevent their children from developing a sense of being inferior to their neighbour.
Sensibly used, however, television is a great asset. If viewing times are controlled, the children will not neglect their lessons. They will also find time to play games.
Television can prove of great value in advertising goods for sale and for political parties to put their aims and objectives across to the public. These privileges are, however, liable to be abused if the authorities that control telecasting are not strict and impartial enough.
In factories and other large establishments, television cameras placed at certain points on the premises will keep the chief executives constantly informed of what is happening in any particular parts of their establishments. Television can similarly warn the guards of banks and such other important establishments against burglars.

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