#1: On Television

14 Jul

If you were an alien being, had a pair of magical binoculars and randomly chose twenty households to spy upon on any given night, then you would discover with surprise that about fifteen of them would reveal at least one lazy family member sprawled on the couch, starry-eyed, gazing—almost sightlessly—at the box-with-a-screen in front of them. The box was otherwise known, you would recall, as the Television. (Hint: Do not try this at home. Stalking is not considered appropriate behavior.)

So what is so mesmerizing about TV? The endless stream of soap operas? The sitcoms and reality TV? Or is it just the ease of merely having to plonk down into the nearest couch available to enjoy a think-free, productivity-free evening? Perhaps it is the combination of all these above reasons. To the average person, the prospect of having episode after episode drip-fed into their brain is somehow appealing. Many a couch potato can sit for hours on end in front of their TV screen, eagerly swallowing all kinds of time-wasting garbage. In my opinion, someone ought to shake them awake from their brainless reverie and ask them to do something productive for once.

Television could, of course, be very well beneficial—and this is the argument that many TV-lovers put forward. However, said “beneficial” areas of TV are mostly limited to news reports, documentaries, or other study-related programs. Sadly enough, these aforementioned TV shows are far from the desired ‘television-diet’ of most. The majority of people prefer sitcoms, soap operas and reality shows, none of these which encourage active thinking. Perhaps even these shows could be constructive if TV-watchers learned things and reflected upon them, but the probability of that is low.

You don’t have to think hard to know what television can do to a person. Go on the Internet and Google it, and you’ll be able to read about case after hopeless case of TV-addicts and their lives. They abandon their family’s well-being, neglect their children, and hardly socialize with them at all. Most of these people are also couch potatoes, and that, coupled with excess food (and beer) and lack of exercise can lead to high cholesterol and all sorts of unfavorable diseases. TV-addicts can also appear unfocused and tired during the day—due to lack of sleep. Overall, television can cause—and is still causing many problems in society.

After all, haven’t you ever heard exasperated mothers complaining about their children neglecting their homework in favor of TV? Come on.

This is the first in a series of My Homework posts. Before you despair, no–I’m not going to post these one after the other in lieu (disguise?) of real, immediate blog posts. At least, not so often. After all, there are only five of them, and–well–they’re not that outdated, either. All of these were written earlier this year, with this being the earliest (in February), so hopefully they’ll at least give an indication of how my writing progressed (or didn’t) this year if nothing else.

They were also the last essay-style pieces I ever wrote for the IGCSEs, which might explain something. Hopefully the IB will present more sufficient (if not more interesting) writing challenges next year (*slap* Classmate: Why did you say that?!)…

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8 Responses to “#1: On Television”

  1. Alaast K. July 21, 2011 at 4:55 pm #

    Hmm… I guess I am justified in why I watch TV. It’s not like I’ve always been TV-crazy (I’m computer-crazy, just like you ;-] ), and all I watch are the aforementioned “news reports, documentaries, or other study-related programs”. Discovery and National Geographic are two good channels.

    And yeah. I also feel the topic is really boring. IGCSE should come up with better material.

    • AwesomeAim July 21, 2011 at 5:00 pm #

      More of “overdone”. If the IGCSEs looked into less-explored topics…well, it would become more difficult for challenged writers, I guess, and scores would be lower. Actually, I think it’s just the test-makers who are too lazy to come up with new stuff. Heheh.

      • Alaast K. July 21, 2011 at 5:08 pm #

        And it would be interesting. Hey, should I make a wordpress account? I seem to talk to you a little too much on here.

  2. AwesomeAim July 21, 2011 at 5:09 pm #

    Yay! Do a blog. And indeed, WordPress doesn’t let me “Reply” to you anymore.

    • Alaast K. July 21, 2011 at 5:12 pm #

      Lol. Let’s spam this place with our comments. Suddenly you appear much more popular.

      • AwesomeAim July 21, 2011 at 5:13 pm #

        It would help if you changed your name, too. “John. Britney. Alice. Zane. Tom-tom.” HAHAHA. Pseudo-popularity FTW.

  3. Deeeeeerp. July 21, 2011 at 5:16 pm #

    Now it’s my turn to be unable to reply to you. But, if I changed my name, would you know who it was? No.

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