Television And Its Impact On Children

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Television has stood in a unique technological position throughout its history. Largely coming to the American public in the post-WWII era, this strange new device quickly became controversial. There were worries centered on how much time children spent watching it or what morals programs were imbuing in their young viewers. In later years, while these concerns continued, and perhaps grew to had a validity to them, others joined them as televised programs grew graphic and polarized. Forensic television showed bloody murders in action and networks advertised their gore and nudity as a positive. On the less fictional side of the small screen, the 24-hours news cycle began and sensationalized opinions exploded. Faced with a rapid degree of transformation from their own childhoods to the present, people found themselves asking if modern television was having negative repercussions on adults as well. And amidst the ongoing conflict with content, commercials rose and with them ideas that physical products would lead to a higher quality of life. While some concerns might be undeserved, what we consume affects us. We are being manipulated in a variety of ways and the consequences are not pleasant. That people find television enjoyable is reasonable. Some of the shows currently available stand as thought-provoking and among the best to exist. And even if the rest lack such traits, condemning entertainment for being without sufficient cerebral qualities is enough to drag the dreaded
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