Those who proclaim that television is harming society may be too quick to judge television, in fact in some ways TV can help society. One only has to look at programs such as America's Most Wanted and Unsolved Mysteries, they may often be on the corny side, however America's Most Wanted has helped authorities capture many wanted fugitives.
News programs have gotten more and more graphic in recent years, but the amount of information given on the news has increased substaintially as well. As a nation, we watched the Gulf War, the Clinton Impechment proceedings, the Clarence Thomas hearings and several other pivotal news stories that we otherwise would not have had such access to without television.
Children's shows run the gamut from programs such as Power Rangers to Sesame Street. Few would argue that shows such as Sesame Street and Mr. Roger's Neighborhood are damaging our youth. With a little parental supervision the harmful aspects of television can be avoided, there are useful and educational shows available for children to watch.
Some of my nephew's favorite shows are Arthur, Blue's Clue's, Sesame Street, he's even at an age now where he will tell me to change the channel when it's time for Arthur to come on. Some critics have said that advertisers are brainwashing our children, that may be true on some level. However, ultimately it's not the child that runs out to Toy's R Us and purchases the toys that are hocked constantly on television; the parents have control of the checkbook and should therefore establish some rules about commercials. Unfortunatley, advertisements are unavoidable these day's, they are everywhere, not just TV, they can be heard on the radio, there are billboards everywhere you look. Turning the television off is not going to shelter a child from...