Television for Us — An overview
When it comes to inventions that changed human lives drastically, a set of important questions are to be asked and answered before proceeding with the invention itself:
Why is the product needed? Is it a necessity? Will it improve the quality of life for people?
Naturally each inventor would have a different outlook to the answers for these questions. For instance, their views on what comes under the term ‘human needs’ may differ. Yet the intention remains the same. Any product, to ensure its success in the market, must fulfill some sort of a need. Keeping this in mind, one very common, yet rather important product, has perhaps done more for humanity than expected. In the 1920s, an invention was released that would change lives forever: Television.
What makes the television so interesting is not its history, but rather the purpose it was supposed to serve, and whether it has fulfilled that purpose.
Suppose a select group of people are individually asked the most important reason they own a television set. The end result would unsurprisingly be a wide variety of answers. To be aware of current events occurring globally, purely for entertainment purposes, because their peers have one, it’s the norm in society now, maybe it just simply looks good, or neither of the above. The interesting aspect to note here is that the television is a rare product whose utility has not only increased with time since its release, but has also been the foundation for various other important developments as well, for example cable TV service providers that offer the hundreds and thousands of TV channels for your liking in High Definition —Charter TV being a suitable example of this, with a plethora of options available in Charter cable deals.
Television lately has been subject to a lot of scrutiny and controversy. While it does fulfil a significant need of enabling a more fluid transmission of information globally, what remains uncertain is whether the individual being exposed to boundless information is in fact benefiting from it or not. Upon a closer look, a common misconception begins to clear up. Consider a common example. A parent worries that their child has been exposed to too much television, which they believe have replaced healthier habits and thereby reducing the chance for a child to develop necessary and important skills. The blame falls on the television set itself. However, what fails to be realized is that it is not the product itself that is hindering the child, rather it is the what the product displays. This is where ‘cable’ is introduced.
It is well known that what may seem right to one person may be completely wrong to another. Right and wrong are by nature very abstract concepts. This can be clearly realized if cable TV is considered. While everything displayed on television can be considered as information, there has been no consensus as to what information is relevant, what is beneficial, what is right and what is wrong. Seeing as how opinions on this matter vary infinitely, expecting a natural consensus would even be considered foolish. Going back to the example of a parent and their child, a question is raised: what should the parent do? Should the television altogether be prohibited, or should what’s being viewed on it be monitored? From a purely rational point of view, the concerned parent would deem it better to abolish television altogether. However, not all information being portrayed can be considered harmful. The increasing number of networks available presently display a wide variety of shows that may in fact not only provide useful information, but could also act as an abundant and readily available source of inspiration. This factor has eventually with time led to the concept of information censoring, which itself is another controversial subject. Measure have been taken by companies to limit the negative exposure that a child is subject to because of television and cable —Spectrum TV has introduced efficient parental controls that help you monitor and control the content that your little ones are exposed to while in front of the TV.
The question that remains is not whether cable TV or the television itself is right or wrong, but whether the concept of it has been fully understood or not. When talking about television, it is vital to also consider what it displays. While cable networks nowadays are allowing viewers the opportunity to view a large variety of channels with significant ease, it is entirely up to the viewers’ discretion what they wish to see. This fact, while it may seem fairly obvious, is often overlooked, or taken for granted entirely except for a few organizations that have come up with elaborate cable TV plans, the channels and programs to display keeping in mind the type of audience that views it For instance, Spectrum Cable Company offers more than 100 HDTV channels and on demand choices that you can enjoy.
Going back to the questions posed earlier then. Were television and cable needed? Were they are necessity? In a world with ever increasing volatility, where information is a vital component of several factors in a person’s life, the answer would be yes. Has it improved the quality of life for people? Given the differing opinions on their costs and benefits, the answer to this question, in all fairness, depends entirely on you.