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Easy As You'd Like: The Evil Of Television.

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The modern entertainment industry has taken leaps in terms of technology and improvement. Placed comfortably on a sofa set, scrolling the television stations is the most loved pastime in this country. It is the ease and not always the quality of entertainment that keeps viewers glued to the television sets. It is easier to watch the morning news broadcasted on some news-channel rather than reading a newspaper and digging in the whole story. Hence it becomes easier to believe what the television preaches. Such an authority must be questioned because it inevitably becomes a very powerful tool to control and curb the ‘Freedom of thought’ of the masses. If not given the whole picture of the situations the viewers are bound to be mislead. An Arabic television Channel by the name of ‘Al-Jazzera’ is banned in many countries in the world because it is believed to promote hate and terror. It is a television channel which asserts the propaganda of a certain political thought. How can we be so sure that some of the news Channels in our country are not doing the same? If not with similar audacity, they might be shaping up people’s opinion gradually, in accordance to a specific political agenda. "Al-jazzera 'No More Biased than Other TV Channels"(1) wrote David Usborne who is a writer August 8, 2004. Even the least skeptical of people would agree that if not already put into such misuse television is a great tool for such manipulation.Though, let us not overlook the virtues of a television set at home. It is such a pleasure to sit around and watch reality shows rather than actually participating in a complex situation in life. It is very convenient to watch a soap play than to read Shakespeare. Why take a stroll in the ally to breathe the early morning air when you can switch on your television set and aimlessly surf the television stations? What good are difficult situations in life? After all, that is the only great difference between living in the 18th century and the modern era. Why go through the troubles of discovering life yourself when you can watch the discovery channel and stuff the latest McDonald’s deal down your stomach. Why go out and play a basketball game when you can see the most skilled athletes exhibit their skills broadcasted live on a sports channel? Well! Thanks to a television set, we are blessed and hence relieved of such nuisance obligations.But let me ask if the most intriguing of reality shows ever replace the pleasure of discussing a social issue with a group of friends? Can the modern Rock-stars wannabes replace the joys of reading classical poetry? Has the social-animal tamed his inborn desire to interact? Are we slowly being programmed into worthless, in-animate and expressionless beings? These are the questions that we must ask ourselves and issues that must be addressed. I’m sure many people if given a choice would rather watch ‘American Idol’ than to read a classic written by...

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