One of the most important means of communication by pictures and
sounds is the television. Most of what we learn comes from television.
Just think of all that we see in just one hour of television-commercials,
educational programs, sitcoms, etc. The TV is another source that we can
learn from about lands far away, people, and places. You can sit in your
living room while visiting Europe, Asia, or even Australia. Television is
a huge influence on our daily lives, as shown by how much time is spent
staring at its screen.
Unfortunately, the heaviest viewers of television are children.
Of course, there are worthwhile programs on TV suitable for kids, such as
Sesame Street and the Magic School Bus, but just imagine what a child
would think if he saw just one episode of Melrose Place. Do we tell the
children that this is acceptable?
Radio is important, but is not used as frequently anymore due to
the birth of television.
We hear the news and can listen to different
opinions of controversial subjects. Millions of families used to gather
around the radio to listen to dramas, light comedies, variety shows, live
music, and other programs. However, people can communicate a lot more
quickly between any two points either on land, at sea, in the sky, or also
in space, with the use of the radio. Politically, the radio made it
possible for the people to be informed about government policies directly.
Radio was "born" in the twenties, and "died" in the forties.
Because the depression made listening the only amusement people could
afford, the thirties were radio's finest years. Later, in the fifties
television was making a breakthrough. By 1961, 88% of the United States'
households had two sets which were in use for an average of 5...