In Support of the Television

InSupport of the Television


Televisionis a medium of communication which uses both visual and audio methodsto pass a message from sender to recipient (Chambers, 2009). Apartfrom its role in communication, the television is also used foreducation, entertainment and social interaction. The television alsohas negative effects including time wasting, poor performance atschool, laziness, and distraction from work. Despite these problems,this essay supports the use of television because it enables peopleto get information that can improve their knowledge, skills andexperiences in order to enhance improved living standards and happylives. This increases people’s knowledge and skills to tackle thechallenges they face in life.

TheTV is educational. Several television stations around the worldprovide educational programs which enable people to know a lot ofthings that they did not know. Some children programs give children alearning experience by providing lessons alongside fun in order tokeep them educated about new things (Chambers, 2009). Adults alsowatch news programs to be educated about how to do certain things.For example, farming documentaries enable farmers to learn about howto practice farming effectively. Furthermore, some televisionstations provide business programs which allow viewers to developentrepreneurial skills (Chambers, 2009). Education also providesreality shows which enable viewers to learn about healthy andfashionable living. Some television programs show how to deal withdiseases, and explain the treatment and diagnosis of diseases. Theyalso create awareness about some diseases which are little known bythe public. In these examples, television viewers get an opportunityto learn new things that can help them improve their professionalexpertise and increase their production and income hence improvingtheir livelihoods.

Thetelevision also provides information about current trends around theworld through international news. By learning about the things goingon around the world, television viewers are able to sharpen theirknowledge and understanding about their environment (Chambers, 2009).Therefore, they can adapt to the changing environment and developessential skills to move with the changing trends successfully. Thenews also allows people to interact through knowledge andinformation, leading to improved living standards and happy living.For example, some television stations provide animal documentarieswhich enable them to know about the wild animals around them and howto live with them. This knowledge reduces human-animal conflict andimproves the lives of people.

Thetelevision also enables people to live good lives throughentertainment (Chambers, 2009). The young people are specificallyfond of fun and entertainment. The television offers such fun andentertainment through music, movies, documentaries and reality shows.Entertainment makes people happy and enables them to learn how tolive happily through entertaining lifestyles. For example, people whohave a dream of playing football as a professional sport may watchfootball games shown on TV and gain skills that they may apply inreal life to improve their football skills. They may also becomemotivated to pursue their professional sport when they see theirfavorite sportsmen prospering internationally.

Indeed,television is an important tool in human life. It is used as a formof education, entertainment and source of information. These rolesenable people to develop their knowledge by learning new things andgetting information about what is going on in the world henceimproving people’s living standards. Its entertainment role alsomakes people happy, and happy people live a healthy life.


Chambers,S.A. (2009). Thequeer politics of television.London: I.B. Tauris.