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Televisions Positive Effects On Society

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Television's Positive Effects on Society

     Nichole VanSickle
     Richard Zlogar
     Fr. Eng. Comp.  101-18
     31 October 1996

     According to Marie Winn and her essay “The Plug-In Drug,” television has
various negative effects on our society today.  In her essay Winn explores the
ways in which television has harmfully caused disruptions with the quality of
family life, rituals, and values.  She recognizes there is a problem with our
society and the way in which it is consistently influenced by television.  I am
able to agree with Winn on this point, but I do not feel that the totality of
the influence is negative.  Television today has a lot of positive effects and
influences on our society and our American culture.  Television gives us helpful
information, various forms of education, and entertainment which are all a part
of the positive effects that television has on our society.
     On a day to day basis, the television keeps us informed with plenty of
helpful information.  We are informed through the television of the latest news,
weather, and information which are important in our daily lives.  The television
often acts as an almanac, dictionary, and an eye into the world around us.  It
informs us of the most recent happenings around the world within seconds.  Such
as the O.J. Simpson trial, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the wars taking place
in the Middle East.  Through TV  we can be warned about almost anything from a
hurricane approaching to the fact that the stock market is falling.  The
television in today's society has become one of our most basic resources for
information.  We use the TV as a convenient way to find out some of the simplest
information such as the date, time, and what is going to be on channel 11 at
9:30.  Our American society has designed its lifestyle around the convenience of
the TV and the fact that it is so easily accessible.
     The television has other purposes besides convenience. It is a great way
of educating the people throughout society with the important issues that affect
our everyday lives.  Be it social, political, economical, or medical, there is
always something new to be told, and the television is the quickest way to get
it out to the people.  Not only is the television fast, but it is also very
accurate and in depth as well.  The television takes the time to do the research
that most Americans are too lazy to do themselves.  Through various news
programs and documentaries, the television keeps us educated,  and on the right
track so ...

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