Sunday, October 15, 2006

About TV

Once television was a kind of entertainment and not a widespread disease.
There was even a period in which it was considered something belonging to the lower orders.
The middle class was almost proud of not possessing a television set.
Television however, has slowly conquered-in varying degree- all layers of society and, whether we like it or not, it has come to stay.
The main and most glorious achievement of television is that is killing the art of conversation.
If we think of the type of conversation television is helping to kill, our gratitude must be undying.
The trouble is that it has not yet killed enough of it.
On the whole I like television very much indeed.
The reasons for my devotion are these:

1) Television is one of the chief architect of prosperity.
If you are able to scratch your left ear with your right foot blindfold and watched by ten million giggling spectators, then you are practically certain to be sent to Majorca for a three weeks' holiday.

2) Television has united the family, by keeping the family at home, gaping at it round the family heart.

3) Television causes more friction in family life than any other single factor by offering unique scope for quarrels as to which programme to watch.

4) Television is of great educational value.
It teaches you how:
a) to kill
b) to rob
c) to shoot
d) to poison

5) Television puts a stop to crime because all the bulglars and robbers, instead of going to burgle and rob, sit at home watching TV.
This is valid for the national language speaking bulglars and robbers, that is why it is of the utmost importance to broadcast programs in multilanguage.

6) Television has undeniably raised the general level of culture throughout the country.
Some people allege that it has killed the habit of reading and thinking, but there is no truth in this.
I have yet to meet a person who gave up his methodical study of, say, Early Etruscan civilisation in order to be able to watch more of the "Big Brother".
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