Television/Uses and Abuses of Television
Television is one of the greatest discoveries of modern science. John Bayard invented the television in 1925. The word ‘television’ has come from the latine word ‘tele’ and greek word ‘vision’. Tele means distance or far and vision means sight. Therefore television means ‘far sight’.
Television is one of the most modern means of communication ideas and thoughts. We hear the speeches of the world famous personalities. It serves much more than a radio. It is like a stage where performers are seen and heard. It gives us news on national and international matters.
Television is a source of recreation. After day’s hard work, we sit before a television set and hear music and songs. We enjoy drama, dance and many other things.
Television has a great educative value. It teaches the illiterate and students. We hear and enjoy debates, lectures on various important topics, discussion on science and speeches through television. It has broken the wall between the literate and illiterate.
Now a days, people need not go to stadium to enjoy a game. They sit before television and enjoy football, cricket and other games and sports.
Television has made the world small. It has conquered time and distance. People need not spend huge money to go abroad. We get familiar with the customs and traditions, fashions and dresses and culture of the people of different part of the world through television.
Television has some demerits too. Young people most often watch the exciting films on violence and crime. They also see the obscene films and naked dances. All these things leave a damaging effect on their mind.
In spite of its draw-backs, television is an important medium of mass communication. It plays an important role in our daily life.