TV or Radio? Which is best?
In this world of ever-increasing access to media, the question has to be begged as to which is the better medium, the TV or the radio?
With the younger generation, it appears that TV is more popular, whilst the radio could be said to be the favoured choice of the older generation. But is this merely social conditioning or is there a definite trend?
TV has a distinct advantage, in that there is a visible picture on the screen and little or no imagination is required. It is all too easy to sit in front of the TV for hours at a time, not thinking or interacting at all with anyone whilst doing so. But is that necessarily a good thing? As I commented in my earlier blog about the entertainment value of reality TV, there is little "educational nutrition" in many of the TV shows we care to watch, and again the subject of escapism is brought into play. Of course, many of us watch soap operas, such as EastEnders, Neighbours or Home and Away, the theory being that we would rather watch other people play out their lives rather than consider our own. But is watching Dot Cotton in the launderette really preferable over sitting on a comfortable couch with your partner with a nice bottle of Sauvignon Blanc, listening to old music on the radio and reminiscing about times gone by?
The radio certainly has its own advantages, one of which is that there is far more interaction than there is on TV. The presenter certainly has to work harder on maintaining the audience figures, to compensate for the lack of body languge and non-verbal communication. Every joke has to be carefully considered, and every link has to be thought through. Of course, radio is usually live, which adds excitement (or an element of fear, depending on your viewpoint!).
There are certainly some radio presenters who make it their mission to be as controversial as possible, without ever actually overstepping the mark, Chris Moyles being a prime example. Love him or hate him, he has...