Any man-made invention is always accompanied by good and bad points. The most popular
mode of convenience is the motor car but today the motor car is a great contributor of
atmospheric pollution. Even antibiotics which were hailed as miracle drugs are not entirely
free from bad side effects. The discovery of 'N' energy has left the world on the brink of a
nuclear disaster and certain annihilation. So too, the invention of Television.
Television was invented following the principle of the movie and the radio. In movies one
sees a picture and hears the sound when the film is projected with the help of a projector.
The film will have to be made before hand. In the case of a Radio broadcast one hears the
sound alone. In combining the effect of the two the television has practically brought the
world to one's drawing room. It is no exaggeration. When the 25th Olympic was being
conducted in Barcelona one could see the colorful events in his television set. The lively
actuality of the scenes and sound makes the television very welcome.
There are many kinds of programs one can enjoy seeing on television. It may be a live
telecast of great events of the world, a cricket match between the West Indies and England,
a football match between two internationally famous teams, boxing match or a chess match
between two stalwarts of the game.
Many political events may be telecast like the party conventions in the USA. to select its
candidate for the future President. Events like the opening of Parliament or the last march
for a great national leader. In many of these things the television easily and effectively
displaces the morning newspapers and it is more effective than written words. It is both
visual and aural and creates a greater impact on the minds of viewers.
Hence the worth of television as an emotional tool has been high. With pre-planning lessons
could be broadcast effectively. It is useful for teachers because it can help them in the
reorientation and furthering of
children's' knowledge. Many subjects could be made more lively with a natural effect. It is a
boon to the medical student because he views intricate surgery with the help of television.
As an entertainment it is excellent.
But television has also its disadvantages. Unless the light effect is in correct frequency it will
affect the eye of the viewer. The television program has fixed hours and one has to tailor
time to it. There is also no free choice of programs because channels are limited.
Certain programs may have a corrupting influence on young minds. Cartoons which arc
telecast have cruelty as a theme and is a bad influence on the young minds. There has been
instances where youngsters have shot their teachers or parents. Television has reduced the
influence of discipline in the classroom.
It is quite likely that the happy relationship between the members of the family is likely to
be corroded. However, when the history of inventions of this century is written, certainly
television shall find a prominent place there along with the X Ray, nuclear bombs and space