MEDIA CRITIQUE 6
Impactof Television in the society
Inthe world today it is evidently clear that a television has thepotential to bring about both positive and negative effects to thesociety especially on adolescents and children. Also importantly tonote, not all of the television programs are harmful to kids.However, there is concern especially on the negative exposure to thesexually and offensive language, violence that is portrayed intelevision over time. This paper seeks to explain the impact oftelevision in the society.
Additionally,too much television limits children’s time for other activitiessuch as play, learning, and reading, spending time with friends andpeers, storytelling, exercising social, physical and mental skills. Too much television increases the probability for children to becomeobese and unhealthy (Health, 2003). Apart from that, too muchtelevision corresponds to poor performance at school. It is becausekids do not have enough time to revise and research for their schoolwork.
Arelationship or correlation exists between the time spent by childrenwatching violent programs on television and the high number ofviolent behavior by kids as they grow up. Children and adolescentsimitate some of these behaviors and adopt them overtime. However,television plays an important role in shaping the development oursociety through various ways.
Televisionis a medium of communication through which vital information isrelayed to the public. Additionally, government institutions andbusiness institutions can gather a lot of information in the country.Also importantly, television can be used as a medium of learning. Some television programs and documentaries stimulate and promotevisits to the libraries, museums, bookstores, and other activelearning institutions. In addition to that, television helpsindividuals learn about their history, harmony, kindness,cooperation, arithmetic’s, English. In addition to that, televisionplays a vital role in generating revenue for different parties andstakeholders.
Alot of television watching keeps kids indoors and keeps them awayfrom interacting and sharing with others. Also importantly, is thattelevision watching keeps children and adolescents from experiencingthe real life. Kids watching television are often isolated from otherkids and members of the society. Their thoughts, senses, experiencesand expectations in life are different from other individuals in thesociety. Therefore, it is true to say that a lot of televisionwatching creates a lot of isolation. When loneliness sets in, he orshe will be tempted to watch more and more in order to dull theisolation ache.
Fear-basedtelevision programming makes children afraid and grows up distrustfulof othermembers of the society. In addition, television can beused to spread a lot of bad and inaccurate information to individualin the society. Especially in regions where the government has a lotof control over the television viewership in the nation, televisioncan be used as a tool to divide and rule the nation. Too muchtelevision watching has been known to cause a lot of eye relatedcomplications. The light emitted from the television affects oureyes and may cause eye strains or fatigue after continuous watch.
Insummary television, plays an important role in the development of asociety. It has positive and negative aspects. In addition to that,parents should not allow their kids to spend most of their timeswatching television as it hugely affects the physical, emotion andpsychological development. Also importantly, awareness should becreated that too much television watching is addictive and harmful toan individual’s eye. Additionally, the state government should playa vital role in regulating the television content in order to bringup a fruitful generation. In conclusion, the parents should remindtheir kids that television is for occasional entertainment and notregular escapism.
Fromthe print to Digital media
Alot of efforts to shift from print media to digital media by majormagazine and Newspapers producers is being put in today`s world.However, the most important aspect that magazine producers need todigest in their minds is that the notion about print versus digitalmedia is irrelevant to a particular extent. Instead, magazinedevelopers should concentrate on defining and meeting the needs oftheir audience for growth to occur. The aim of this paper is toexpound on the continued shift from print media to digital media.
Itis important to note that all media have always been subject tochange that is brought about by change in technology or other trends.Also importantly, the shift doesn’t happen overnight, and ithappens gradually. Therefore, one cannot deny the fact that mostorganizations are hastily trying to move from print to digital mediain order to be relevant and target their customers. It is true thatdigital media readership is increasing over time, and traditionalprint media are experiencing a decline in circulation over time(Lukovitz, 2013).It is because most of the news and information is now readilyavailable online through websites and various mobile applications. Inaddition, most people find it boring to sit down and peruse through amagazine or newspaper in print form. However, it is impractical to doaway with the traditional print media.
Infact, as of January 2013, the Selby publishing consultant reportedthat there were over 850,000 magazines applications on the internetthat competed for consumer`s attention. It indicates the continueddemand and rise in the digital media.
Inconclusion, it is possible to do away with the traditional printmedia and adopt digital media platform. However, traditional printmedia have proven to be relevant in today’s world(Sherry, 2004).Therefore, the only solution is for the print and digital media tolive side by side.
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