Television is playing a very important part in our lives. But like other things, it has both advantages and disadvantages.
In the first place, television is not only a convenient, but a cheap source of entertainment.
For a family of four, for example, it is more convenient as well as cheaper to sit comfortably at home, with unlimited entertainment available, than to go out in search of amusement elsewhere. All they have to do is press a button, and they can see shows of every kind, not to mention the latest political
discussions and exciting football match. Some people, however, think this is just where the danger lies. The television viewer takes no initiative. He is completely passive and has everything without any effort on his part.
Television informs us about current events, the latest developments in science and politics, and offers an endless series of instructive and entertaining programs. It could be argued that the radio can also perform this service; but on television everything is much more vivid. Yet again there is a danger. We get addicted to it, so dependent on its moving pictures that it begins to dominate our lives.
There are many other arguments. The poor quality of programs is often criticized. But it is a great comfort to many lonely people indeed. I think we must realize that television in itself is neither good nor bad. It is the uses to which it is put that determine its value to society.