Some say that television softens our brain, gets us addicted to the coach and glued to the remote control.
Whether those who are standing against everything that TV brings are right or wrong one thing is for sure ? it?ll take a world-wide technogenic catastrophe to make people stop watching TV and listening to the radio.
What do you start your day with besides taking a shower and cleaning teeth? You turn on the radio or the TV-set in the kitchen. By means it you get everything you need to start a day ? the latest new just in order to keep with the flow of the world's life, the weather forecast to know what to wear and how to plan the day.
While you?re having your morning coffee and toasts TV and radio are singing, playing, entertaining, joking and doing everything to get you in the mood before the long work day.
While you?re driving at work you may choose to listen to your favourite disk or to the radio. There do exist the radio station for the auto owners. While driving you can listen to the music broadcast by the radio and at the same time you will get the most recent information about the traffic jams so that you may plan your route in order not to get stuck in the one of them.
Meanwhile a hard knock life housewife at home is being filled with the magic love stories of Diego and Maria. Some say to despise these soap operas and the talk-shows which are very like soap operas. But if they make one feel good and drift away in dreams while sweeping, cleaning and cooking than who cares that they are all the same and all have to essential meaning.
Meanwhile lots of people at work do their job while listening to the radio. Even the psychologists say that music in the background only helps some people to concentrate on their work. Having small breaks the employees sometimes do even phone the radio stations to order their favourite songs or participate in the contests. Isn't that a pleasant addition to the work?
But TV and radio aren't only supposed to entertain. They?ve started as the media of mass informing and only later developed some traits of entertainment. Nowadays some TV channels and radio station have made the audience entertainment their only aim. They don't even broadcast news and weather forecasts! Yet most of TV and radio channels still stay partly entertaining and partly informing. But also they?ve achieved one more function ? to educate. So when your child is back from school there aren't only cartoons offered to his/her choice, they can either study some useful thing by means of educational programs. By the way the study material in those programs is presented in the most convenient, clear and easily acquired form.
By the way TV and radio can teach some things not only kid but their parents too. You get a piece of practical advice in various TV-shows (although one shouldn't trust them too much) or obtain some basic knowledge about the world in some specialised (not prime time of course) programmes or on specialised channels like Discovery Science.
Also TV viewing unites family almost like no over activity does ? isn't that good for social health?
And one more thing about the radio and TV ? one shouldn't undervalue their importance. Mass media aren't called the fourth branch of authority in vain. And TV and radio are the most available and popular mass media. It's been a while since they become an organic and integral part of social and political life. They do screen the public opinion and generally present the voice and the face of the nation.