The magic of television

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Throughout the past century, treading through the industrial era and leaping into the era of information technology, the power of the human mind can be credited as the driving force behind countless inventions that have redefined the ways in which we live. From the creation of the radio receiver to the vacuum cleaner, the polygraph machine, colour photography and the photocopier, to the ballpoint pen, cellular phones and the World Wide Web, these inventions, and many more, have changed the ways in which we live, socialize, work and play. However, the television, which was widely introduced in 1939, has rapidly become one of the most influential inventions in North America in particular, although its negative impacts can be felt increasingly around the globe. While the television is nothing more than a medium for the mass media, or a tool used to spread information on a mass scale, it has played a significant role on a global scale, influencing human needs, wants and ways of life and has enormously affected human attitudes and behaviors. For a variety of reasons, television provokes plenty of criticism. Primarily, television is often criticized for desensitizing children and adults alike, force-feeding its’ massive audience an endless stream of content that is saturated in sex and violence. Secondly, television has had an enormous impact on breaking down cultural borders and creating a global village in the image of Western Society. Finally, television plays a key role in perpetuating many unattainable beauty standards. Past all of the white picket fences, behind the closed doors and into the lavishly decorated living rooms of many homes in North America, one may be disgusted to discover children of all ages are witnessing acts of sexual deviance and fetish, murder, rape, child and spousal abuse. These acts of sexuality and violence are not being committed
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