“It`s non so much a affair of what happens when one tickers. but what does NOT go on during those hours spent before the screen” ( 7 ) . This is a cardinal point that Winn raises and addresses throughout her book. To reason that telecasting in itself is bad is unsound concluding. Television is non inherentlybad. The Television itself can make no existent physical injury to anyone ( unless it should fall on person. in which instance that it besides non the TV’s mistake ) . It is the manner in which the telecasting is used in our society that makes it such a powerful societal drug.
This can be seen in how kids interact with each other and their seniors: their societal accomplishments become stunted as a consequence of deficiency of interaction. both with grownups and with other kids. Their degrees of creativeness besides suffer. every bit good as their ability to believe for themselves. because they become so accustomed to beingspoonfedall of their ideas that they lack the ability to make it themselves. This will hold a monumental impact on their ability to interact socially and believe independently into their maturity. because it is at the critical age of childhood that people learn these important accomplishments. If the telecasting stunts this development in childhood. it will hold resounding effects throughout maturity.
The telecasting seems like such a common. harmless object that many people. particularly parents. don’t see how it could hold such long-run negative side effects. These are the parents who might let the telecasting to move as “babysitter” merely so they themselves can seek some respite. or who argue that they merely allow their kids to watch “educational” shows. In truth all that is being accomplished by this outlook is making coevalss which are electronically dependent for all idea and socialization—and I don’t believe many people would reason that the plans on the telecasting are likely non the best from which to larn how to suitably interact socially or morally ( an hour’s worth of MTV’sReal Universeor any of the infinite get-laid-get-paid outlook world shows or the shows that exalt merely the lives of the rich. celebrated. and foolhardy can certify to the full to that ) .
Jokes are frequently made by people today that the media controls all idea and has created a society of blind. dense cattle—ironically. these same people doing the gags frequently fall into that same class themselves—and the truth is. good. yes it has. and we have allowed it. In 60 years’ clip the telecasting has become such a dominant agencies of societal entertainment/replacement that nowadays when person says they don’taina Television ( person who would be of the agencies to hold one. that is ) . we balk at the thought. It merely seems tounnaturalto us. We have allowed an object that is so inherently harmless as a telecasting to come to run our lives. and yet we fail to comprehend the existent consequence that it is holding on our society.
So. as Winn points out. look towards the zombified kids as cogent evidence positive of the negative effects of being over-televisioned. See how every minute a kid spends in forepart of the “Boob Tube”/ “Idiot Box” is a minute NOT being spent with household. friends. reading.playing. See how if you allow your kid to be socialized by the telecasting. so that is ALL they know—you are depriving them of their right to larn how to believe independently and creatively ( non to advert promoting them holding nil but “TV morals” to stand on ) .