Television now plays an important role in our life. It is
difficult to say if it is good or bad for us. It is clear, that
television has advantages and disadvantages.
But are there more advantages than disadvantages? In the
first place, television is an entertainment. But it is not only a
convenient entertainment. For a family of three, four or five,
for example, it is more convenient and less expensive to sit
comfortably at home than to go out to find entertainment in
other places. They don't have to pay for expensive seats at the
theatre or cinema. They turn on the TV-set and can see
interesting films, concerts, football matches.
But some people think that it's bad to watch TV. Those
who watch TV need do nothing. We are passive when we
watch TV. Television shows us many interesting programmes.
But again there is a disadvantage here: we watch TV every
evening, and it begins to dominate our lives.
My friend told me that when his TV-set broke down, he
and his family found that they had more time to do things
and to talk to each other. There are other arguments for
and against television.
Very often the programmes are bad. Sometimes they show
too much violence in films and news programmes. There is
also too much pop music and ads. Ads on the whole are
convenient for grown-ups. But is it good for children to
watch all those ads where they show all kinds of underwear
and what not?
1. What advantages does television have?
2. What disadvantages does television have?
3. What did my friend find when his TV-set broke down?
4. What do they sometimes show?