this is a debate we just did a college
please note it is not about the abolishment of television but how much harm it does
personally i think it is about 50/50 but i was debating against this statement and thought i would share my speech with you guys, i was only address cultural and economical points, my partner covered, the individual entertainment and such and education so i have added a bit of that in too
Tv is basically just a form of media, no more harmful that any other, it if also a form of art, i don't think you can argue that art harms our society it is a great part of human expression and reflect said society
Television breaks down cultural barriers as it allows us to view documentaries on other cultural as well as TV show actually made in other countries, giving us a none stereotyped view, other media gives us.
It also does the same with social barriers as it is something that can be enjoyed by all classes, including the working class, It allows them to watch such events as the Olympics or a debate in a house of commons this that would otherwise not be available to them, either for class reason of purely for financial reasons.
It is one of the cheapest forms of entertainment and allows people to watch thing like pieces of acting or ballet that otherwise they would have to pay a lot of money to go to the theater to watch .
As mentioned above it is a form of art and like any form of art it can be used to touch upon and explore controversial issues, shows like skins, the l word, queer as folk or even south park do in to issues like gay rights, sexuality, laws, social norms, drugs, prostitution ect and all in a variety of ways from a variety of angels, they might not of considered before.
and anyone can have their message on this issue broadcast whether it be public access, a average joe of the street on a 5 min news segments, the actors of writers of tv shows giving their interpretation or politicians or organizations
Tv can also unite...