Do you find TV informational or a bad influence

July 7, 2008 6:32pm CST
There is a debate in my class about tv and if it is informational or a bad influence. This is something that I sit on the fence with becuase it really depends on what shows you are watching in my opinion. What do you think?
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@vera5d (3958)
• United States
7 Jul 08
I think like you said it all depends on the show. Some shows are much better than others to watch! It also depends on the age of the person watching it. A little kid might be affected by something that is violent or pick up bad words whereas an adult may not be affected by it at all. My son learned to speak spanish from TV...but he also picked up karate chopping, so not sure either. Like most things in life everything seems to be up to moderation and how it is used - you can't just make one generalized statement "tv is bad" or "tv is good".
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7 Jul 08
Did he learn Spanish from Dora the Explorer? My neighbours boy picked up spanish off that show before he spoke English. I think that some kids are affected by violence on tv, but I sometimes wonder if it is due to the parents who do not watch what their children are watching. Is it up to the parent to make sure their child are watching shows that are appropriate or should they just be able to watch what they want becuase as some parents say at some point they are going to be exposed to it anyhow?
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@Angelwriter (1956)
• United States
7 Jul 08
I'll go with your answer. There are some very good shows on tv, and some informative ones. You can't just toss the entire television experience out because some of it is bad.
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7 Jul 08
That is true. Take for example some of the game shows where the infomration being revealed on it is things that is not too bad to learn about. Like The show Who wants to be a millionaire, the information is interesting to learn about. Where as Deal or No Deal I think just exposes how greedy some people are.
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• Canada
7 Jul 08
I don't have a TV, because I don't have time to sit at home and watch it. When I am somewhere with a TV, and I do watch TV it is for inormational purpose. There are plenty of things on TV hat I do not like, but I am no influenced by hings that I don't like. I think parents need to work harder o teach their children ot to be inluenced by TV.
7 Jul 08
I think that you hit the nail on the head. Parents do need to work harder to teach thier children to not be influenced by the tv. So many times during my placement in becoming a teahcer i Heard the kid say well htis wrestler on tv does it so why cant it. I think that this is where the parents need to addres situations or you dont let your kid watch it.
• Philippines
8 Jul 08
It all depends on the one viewing. I watch a lot of TVShows that people consider as bad and immoral. But I don't find it as such. WHy? Because when I watch something, I ask myself "what's the benefit of this show? What good can it give?" If I cant find anything good about the show, even just a slightest pinch, I'll change channel. [and who says all cartoons are for children? Even Spongebob should be banned for violence and dumbness]
@Wolfechu (1193)
• United States
8 Jul 08
Like you say, it all depends on what you watch. But you could say the same about books, or albums, or movies. Television's just a medium; it's the shows you need to focus on.