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Maria Torres Composition 1

25, November 2013

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Television has been around since the 1900s it began with the intention of letting people see places and shows without leaving their homes. It grew to be a phenomenon who didnt want to have a television. In the beginning of course it was the privileged ones who can afford the expensive entertainment system into their homes. The power of television increased during the years giving television more and more power to control and to inform what they wanted to inform. The demand and the increase grew so rapidly that everyone had a television some even had one in every room. amilies united together to watch. Television became a babysitting

instrument for some. !e let the television practically control and dominate and execute our very existence. "eople sat and watched others do while they #ust did nothing. They let television control our minds and let us in paths we never thought we would. $ot anymore was television an innocent pass time it became a part of necessary life for some and for others even more. The pros of television are television ma%es news immediate from anywhere in the world& television allows viewers to see& up close& the actors in important events& television brings home wars& natural disasters& plagues& and famine& which in turn spurs on people and organi'ations to counter these problems& television is an effective medium for the investigation of criminal behavior& reporters can interview victims& suspects& witnesses& police& and lawyers( give important bac%ground information( follow trials day by day( and summari'e important points of law. )*treissguth p. ++,. These are great reasons to watch television but all is not what it seems contrast to this after you have watched the news the networ% releases a written and verbal message telling the people that what youre watching is their interpretation and their views. It seems as anything is allowed as long as long as they provide that statement. *o the facts become their opinions of the truth and we are left there to decipher the truth.

Torres + -overnment efforts to restrict violent content in entertainment threaten to undermine the irst .mendment. )/c/asters p. 90,. *o where do we draw the line do we let them air whatever they want because of freedom of speech. $ot everyone agrees with this is a touchy sub#ect& but as violence grows and televisions violence grows even more the media must accept more responsibility they must understand that television has become a drug a means to go on living and the people young and old are interacting to television in ways that is not positive. . separate longitudinal study from $ew 1ealand followed 1&0+2 people from birth to age 23 years and found a significantly increased ris% for anti4social outcomes in adults who had watched the most T5 as children. 6very extra hour of wee%night T5 watching as children was associated with a +07 increase in the li%elihood of having a criminal conviction by age 23. )8oschert p.20,. These studies conducted anywhere in the world are rising with alarming outcomes. !ho is now ta%ing responsibility for the time being no one is and our children continue to suffer. 9oung people who watch three or more hours of television per day face an increased li%elihood of developing learning difficulties and experiencing outcomes. )-ross p.2,. This is a problem children are being affected in their development to learn. The television has now gotten in the way of our performance and inta%e to survive in the educational world . The educational factor is not being filtered appropriate. :f all the media distribution channels the most influential has been the television& we are constantly exposed to thousands of images of violence& advertising& sex& celebrities and much more& in fact a its %nown that a child is exposed to about ;0&000 ads a yearly and being filtered less and less. )<ayuso,. The more I watch television the less censoring it has become. "arents are in the best position to monitor their childrens media habits because parents %now the needs of their own children better than anyone else. )=ogan p.1;9,. This is very true

Torres ; parents need to ta%e responsibility and control their power over what is good programming over bad. They need to step up to the plate and reali'e that not everything on television can be filtered by a child ta%ing the negative and positive of what they #ust viewed. Their interpretation of the negative may #ust be #ust that and that is what you want to avoid. 9ou want the young viewer to %now whats right and whats wrong how we can accomplish this when the media is saying is o% to be bad but youre still good. That is where the distinguishment gets lost. In addition to that parents thin% its o% to say no even if the child does not understand ta%e a few minutes and explain. Television is no longer free you can #ust apt for not having it at all more and more people I %now are now refusing to watch television. !e are in an age that technology has been dominating the airways and everyday new and better things arise thats great& but we as consumers must rise to the challenge and ta%e the good of what is out there. Television has gotten clearer and easier to obtain but we have to pic% and choose what was the real good purpose of television in your lives. =ow you can ta%e the positive of what television has to offer> Television can teach& can reach out to people in places people would never be able to imagined existed& it can let you communicate anywhere in the world. !hat a great learning tool is television if used properly. Television is responsible for teaching %ids in other countries how to read and write now thats great television. Television also has the power to be a negative source of information where views and interpretations are not positive in any shape or form.

Torres ? Interview with "rofessor .. .bu48a%er *t. @ohn isher "rofessor of "harmacy


!hen you were growing up what was your right television experience in your country>

In my country T5 was censored& so sexual content. !e had cartoons and comedies( most viewable was actually suitable for children.


Ao you use television in your teaching profession> I show educational programs A5A&

9ouTube& videos. I use them together with my lectures.


.t home how do use television> /y wife and I watch coo%ing shows and we li%e to pic%

and choose some educational shows suitable for children& the children also watch religious cartoons.


In your profession do you thin% %ids will benefit from the television> It has its role in

educating them& but its only a part language s%ills and a conversation are some good reasons.

Torres 3 ?. !hat is some good advice you can give parents about good television use> They should

pic% and choose and not depend on also they should sit with their children and watch what their watching so they are able to answer Buestions.

Torres 2 !or%s Cited 8oschert& *herry. DT5 content effects childrens behavior over time.E amily "ractice $ews.
43.4 (Mar. 1, 2013): p28. 23 November 2013.

-ross& Fate. DT5 @un%ies face school failure. 9outh *tudies .ustralia. 23.+ )*ept. 2002,G p2. 2+ $ovember 201+ D/ass /edia Influence on *ocietyE n.d. <ayuso. !eb. 2? $ovember. 201+ *treissguth& Tom. Open for debate: Media Bias. $ew 9or%G Tarrytown 2002. "rint. *'ums%i 8onnie& Heone Aaniel& et al. Media Violence: Opposing viewpoints. /I( armington =ills 200;. "rint