One of the most important forms of entertainment and communication, Television, has also proved to be one of the worst inventions of modern times. All too often, television is harmful because of the shows it broadcasts, the effect it has on people, and the way it is used in homes.

Most Television broadcasters broadcast a variety of pro­grams 24 hours a day, giving the viewers a 24 hour service, that some can’t resist. Programs that promote violence and murder teach people the techniques of killing, rapping, kid­napping, and stealing. You name it and they teach it. Censor­ship has been a major issue for the past few years but some­how people always find a way around it. Even cartoons, which we think are safe for children, in reality aren’t!

Tom and Jerry, for example, includes more violence than most movies. Yes we don’t see blood but the violence still exists in a different form. Take a flattened cat, a “broken” mouse, a ran over dog or even a blown up coyote, these aren’t particularly very nice scenes for children, although they find them funny. Reality is that this humor might lead them to try everything they see on T. V and if that happens then who knows? Tragedy might strike!

Television is considered both the most effective and the least expensive way to address the largest possible mass au­dience. If we look closely at the most recent tragedies such as the September 11, New York, or the January 24, Hazmeih, tragedy it is clear that the people behind both tragic incidents (though they are not related) were influenced by TV. Such incidents could, by all means, have occurred in a Hollywood movie but they weren’t movies they were real live T.V. What has television really done to our lives? It has corrupted the heads of people and taught them all the means of killing and getting away with it.

Most family arguments revolve around who wants to watch what and when and sadly they never agree and what
happens? Children tend to leave the room and find something else to do while the dad watches the football game.
Television has been one of the successful destroyers of what we once knew as a happy family. Children watch actors argue with their parents, leave the house and even harm their families. So what is TV really doing to our families and the peo­ple we love the most? It is making us grow apart.

In conclusion, I think programs should be regulated and parents should monitor their children until they are old enough to choose for themselves. Families should spend more time together doing different activities that don’t include watch­ing T. V or any other movies. Television is an important form of communication but as everything else is it has its disad­vantages and we should learn to work our way around them.