• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

This House believes dumbing down of television Is harming children.

Extracts from this document...


This House believes dumbing down of television Is harming children. It is my belief that television has overstepped its boundaries. It is my belief that children are becoming desensitised towards violence. It is my belief that this is to stop. What if I was to tell you that there are, today, half as many art programmes as there were in 1992? What if I was to tell you that current affairs programmes have fallen by more than a third? The truth is that all television executives want to do is make money, they do not want to provide a service, and they do not want to make the world a better place. And the reason that these programmes do not make money is the change of our children's cultures. ...read more.


You all know what impressionable young children are capable of. It has happened recently; a trio of gangsters, barely twenty, gunned down two innocent girls at a New Year party as a result of gang warfare. These people have to get their ideals somewhere, and if they are not in a strong family they will look to other mediums for guidance, like television, like videogames, and they will think the things are idols do are alright. Let me tell you this is not the case! Just recently there has been a story running in Coronation Street of a murderer and a drug dealer, and in the final episode two people were graphically murdered with a crowbar! And this was at seven thirty, well before the watershed. We are in the year of the couch potato. ...read more.


Wrong! Television has pushed its limits; certainly there have been some events worthy of recognition, but in the main the programmes shown are demolishing our morals, they are making us complacent about the world around us. Not many people could argue Jerry Springer has a positive impact on our nation's youth. If we were to believe everything television told us then we would all be certain that bombing Iraq is the right thing to do. The remaining factual programmes are often biased and do not show the big picture, e.g. what about the refugees, what about the children, are they part of Saddam's regime? There are people who believe, as I do, that television could be beneficial for us; Tess Alps, deputy chairman of the media agency writes, "I believe that the recent dumbing down of programmes and relaxation of censorship is wrong. Television could be successful, and informative but Television chiefs just don't want to see it." I agree. Craig Brown 10h ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Television section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Television essays

  1. Discussing The simpsons.

    I think that the Simpsons family on the whole is a stereotype of a hardworking family who earn their living. I think that these stereotypes were used for 'The Simpsons' family because they wanted to show the world real life situations but also instead of making them feel sad about

  2. Television Violence and the Effects on Children

    Standards Council that monitors the enforcement of the code and acts as a route to lodge complaints as needed. The Canadian government has made initiatives, committees, and commissions to look into the issues of television violence, but have not formed any legislature as they feel that: "In our opinion, most

  1. The Simpsons is the most successful animated feature in television history. In this essay ...

    In the opening sequence of "the Springfield file", I could observe many of the techniques which make the Simpsons so popular. The opening sequence uses many mini-narratives. For example, when doctor Hibbert leaves a patient in an x-ray. This could suggest that doctor Hibbert is either a very forgetful or lazy person.

  2. Are contemporary talk shows an extension of democratic debate or an instance of 'dumbing ...

    Donahue's interest in feminism and controversial issues attracted a large female audience, and this was the beginning of things to come. Many other talk show hosts have copied this style, e.g. Oprah Winfrey, 'Sally-Jesse Raphael' and 'Ricki Lake' In the United Kingdom there are a few talk shows which focus

  1. Comparison between House and Lie to Me

    Emily Lightman (Hayley McFarland), Cal Lightman's teenage daughter. She is under shared custody between her parents, and though she does not appreciate her father's ability to "read" her, she does not deny its merit for social screening. She shows a talent for "reading" people, like Foster and even her father.

  2. Full up or Fed Up?

    In her series "Nigella Bites", she makes Bread and Butter Pudding, it seems that the meal is not the main focus of this program; it is Nigella's flirtatious voice and hand movements. A hand held camera following her round her kitchen uses soft background focus, making people look at the sharper image.

  1. 'Who wants to be a Millionaire' and 'The Weakest Link' have boosted the popularity ...

    One reason of the massive success on show like 'Who wants to be a Millionaire' and 'The Weakest Link' is their originality. The main plot of 'Millionaire' is one contestant out of the ten at the start of the show is asked a possible 15 questions by the host, Chris Tarrant, to win a massive prize of �1million.

  2. Discuss "Quality Television" - Lost and Sex and The City

    After discovering the plane on the island, Eko finds his brothers corpse along with it. The episode has an overall theme of redemption of Mr Eko?s religious leanings that have created a major turn in his life. This also challenges our assumptions about coincidence and fate and how the overall series depicts spirituality and realism through the characters pasts.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work