|By Bill Watterson - Link|
Consider this: Most channels, most of the time, air absolutely meaningless programs, serials, shows and movies. 9 out of 10 times, people watch a meaningless program rather than one that is 'nice', useful or thought-provoking. It distracts us - actually tears us away - from a lot of important and even essential chores. Parents neglect their responsibilities and children in their attempt to catch up with TV. Children neglect (and stay unaware of) the 'real' world, their studies, their friendships and what not because of their fascination for TV. Families fight over the remote constantly. House wives after being fed on a constant diet of horrible and infuriating characters through soaps and serials are subconsciously influenced to assume everyone around them are similar to these characters - or worse, they themselves begin to behave like that. Many research programs have proved beyond doubt that watching TV causes ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)....and God knows what else. Finally, I personally believe TV is one of the key reasons why most of us today are unable to enjoy 'silence' (apart from nature). An occasional humorous program for the family, a program that helps the children learn something new, a program that brings good music home etc are fine. It's up to us to draw a firm and thick line and keep ourselves from falling into this meaningless audio and video whirlpool.