THE GATES TO OUR HOMES AND WHAT WE LET IN
I assert that television has become two very different things in our homes; it has been a great tool for many things to build and enhance our lives, however it also has developed a slow decay of its majority content that has greatly degraded our culture.
The question is does the good outweigh the bad? Some say it is important to use any tools available, while others say that the risk of allowing damaging content into our homes is too big of a chance to take.
In the twenty first century, as our television experiences become more interactive we see and innumerable amount of educational software that is available with the push of a remote control button. From the Discovery channel to the Netflix listed above we see quite a few opportunities for education right from the sofa. "I think it's fabulous that people are looking on the positive side. Because no one's going to stop watching TV, we have to have viable alternatives for kids," said Dr. Michael Rich, director of the Center on Media and Child Health at Children's Hospital Boston. (The Associated Press, 2013)
Television did not become popular in the United States until the 1950’s. “When the FCC in 1952 added UHF (ultra high frequency) channels to the existing channels then in operation, they reserved 10 percent for use by nonprofit educational organizations.” (O'Malley, 2004) From the beginning the FCC was aware of the potential of television an also realized the need to force educational television to offset the increasing amount of violence being broadcast.
The Catholic Bishop F. Sheen is often given credit for being the first televangelist in the 1950’s. “The Pentecostal revival of the 1950s and 1960s left behind scores of independent ministries with the financial ability to test their appeal on television. Hundreds of talented and daring evangelists heard the voice of God telling them to take the gospel to the world through the miracle of television. Yet, though many were called, few were chosen.” (Harrell, 1996) In the 1980’s the Gospel was delivered to millions all over the globe, however the scandals that surrounded several of the television ministries seemed to travel even further. Just like most checkout lane magazines with less than authentic news articles, the corruption in these television “mega-churches” were the only thing that most of the unsaved world were getting out of these sources of evangelism.
There are some positive effects of television other than education and religious programming. For example the ability of real time weather broadcasting. We have the ability in this day in age of professionally broadcasting the possibility and happenings of future storms and current threats to our areas. “Twenty years ago, 24-hour forecasts were lucky if they got it right within 100 miles and the average 36-hour forecast within 146 miles. With Irene, that was...