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Examine the role of television in today's society. What do you see as the future of television?

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Examine the role of television in today's society. What do you see as the future of television? Has this technical box indoctrinated our minds with useless facts and images or has it given us a sensation of enjoyment, education and pure entertainment? Television has become ubiquitous across the globe. Nearly every household in Britain owns at least one television if not more. In my house we have three. For the past 80 years, this piece of technology has become more popular, cheaper and becoming more advanced. In London, 27th January 1926, John Logie Baird demonstrated the first fully working television. Two years later, the colour television was shown to the world. Though it was not until December 1953, that the colour system was adopted for broadcast in the USA. The first high-definition television service in the world was the BBC in November 1936. Television images started off with fuzzy, distorted black and white pictures. We now live in an era, where there's digital surround sound television systems. It was only after about twenty years after the first demonstration of the television, that television actually became popular. Before then, it was a great luxury to own one, as it was so expensive, not many people could afford it. It has now become a necessity, nearly every home now owns one. When flicking through holiday brochures, you check if the hotel has a television. You can buy a television from as low as �50. ...read more.


Quiz shows, such as the 'Weakest link' and 'Who wants to be a millionaire?' involves viewers at home, because viewers can pretend to play along at home. We, the viewers can act quite vehemently towards the show, by shouting out the answers, thinking the person on the programme is an 'idiot' to not know the answer. With the presenter, Chris Tarrant dragging out the answer to the question, it leaves the audience in suspense. This idea of winning instant money by just answering a question correctly triggers the human greed and expectation of wealth. On the 'Weakest Link', the presenter had developed their own unique trademark character, of this mean and wicked woman, with the, "You are the weakest link, goodbye!" catchphrase. People then copy her actions and catchphrase and within weeks, everyone knows it. We like to watch a group of people go onto the show and be humiliated by Anne Robinson and go home with nothing! We find this amusing and very enjoyable to watch. This idea of elimination can link to another growing trend of competition programmes, where people battle it out to become a pop star or a soap star. Here we get to see people humiliate themselves and on pop idol, we, the home viewers, actually get to ring in and vote for who we think should win. Here, we also have this idea of involving the audience more. These shows also become topical news story. ...read more.


These encourage people to watch more television and you find the best programmes are on during the time when you are eating your Christmas lunch/dinner. This irritates people and they have to record it, or try and leave the dinner party early to go home and watch it. Christmas is a time when you spend some quality time with your family, not watching Mission Impossible or some other film. Television has far improved since it first came out. In less than 100 years, we are now seeing better quality images and sounds. This idea of subscribing and paying for a television channel is very good moneymaking scheme, but not everyone can afford it, which is a problem if the government plans to turn everyone into a digital user someday, though it is becoming increasingly popular. I overall think television can be good for you. We can learn a lot from it, quicker and more enjoyable. We can be updated with around the world news coverage and be warned of any arousing dangers. Other programmes we watch purely for our own entertainment, but it doesn't mean that television has to take over our lives, that all depends on the person's own will power or if you're a child, the parent's restrictions. I think that we still have much to expect from the development of the world's most powerful 'mind controller' I think there is much to come yet and we'll continue to watch more of it, see more of it and demand more from it. Rachel Tsang 10E1 5/2/2007 ...read more.

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