Friday, January 27, 2012

TV: Pros and Cons

WARNING: This post is rather sarcastic the whole way through and may not be suitable for people who are opposed to such communications. Due to this fact, not all of the opinions expressed are those of the author (That would be me!)

So by the title of this post you probably have recognized that it is about television and its benefits and detriments. Well guess what, you're a genius! And if you read "pros and cons" and saw "professionals and convicts," you're also a genius! I am going to address both sets of opposites in this piece.

As to the professionals and convicts of television.... I really don't have much to say about them, I just mentioned them because I'm a smart alack. It's a bad habit, I know (people won't let me forget it), but what else is there in life to throw some spice and surprise into it. If everyone was perfectly up front and honest with each other and treated everything that was said in the most reasonable and literal sense, two things would probably happen. 1) The world would be a lot duller with nothing to laugh at. I guess there would still be lame knock-knock jokes but...scratch that; even knock-knock jokes are often sarcastic, in a sense. 2) There are a lot of comedians that would be out of a job. Now I know what your thinking, then they wouldn't be able to feed their children. Perhaps, but one thing is for certain; if this were to happen, they wouldn't be able to buy ridiculously expensive luxuries which will in turn take jobs away from whoever it is that creates those luxuries. So for the sake of the economy, let's all continue to be sarcastic.

Anyway, back to the Pros and Cons of television. So the way that I see it is that the pros of television could be the athletes and such that we see playing on the tube. I would argue, however, that these are not the pros of TV, rather movie and TV show stars are the real pros. After all, they're the ones that are making the money by being on TV. As to the other type of "pro," the TV is good for...well not much actually. It is good for its entertainment value as far as movies and TV shows go. Oh, I almost forgot: it's also good for rotting your brain. Now you may not initially think of this as a good thing, but take a moment to think about it. Let's say that you're in the workplace and you are a really smart person. There are two cases that you could be in, 1) everyone knows that you are smart and so you get more work or 2) you pretend to be dumb so that less is expected of you. In the second case, if you are simply pretending, it is possible to slip up and show that you are smart. This problem can be easily avoided by simply sitting in front of the television for a long time. Soon you'll be as dumb as you are pretending to be! This is also good for school. Why just the other day I decided that getting good grades was too boring so I watched TV for twenty-seven hours straight. Now I can get poor grades easily!

As to the Cons of television, again there are two types. There are the "bad guys" of television, and the "bad effects" of television. There are many types of "bad guys" of the TV. 1) People who use television programming to brainwash and indoctrinate people. These are the rulers of America, not by democratic vote but by money and usurpation. 2) Murderers and other criminals in TV shows and movies. Of course, these people we have to cut some slack as they are actually only pretending to be bad guys. Although, now that I say that, they are actors so they probably actually are bad, but that is neither here nor there. What I am trying to communicate is that that while they may portray bad people, those actions are not actually real and should not be held against them. 3) People who break into your house and steal your TV are Cons of television. Enough said. Now as to the "bad effects" of television, there are really only two, reality TV shows and educational programs. Now the name "reality TV" is very misleading since it is not real. I have sadly seen pieces of a few of these shows and unless there are actually people out there who act very unconvincingly in their everyday lives and periodically talk to no one in particular, this is not real. Educational programs are also bad because the more education that you have, the less chance big programming companies have to indoctrinate young minds. What a shame! Also, if I wanted to learn something, I'd read a book, not watch the TV.

Taking all of the Pros and Cons of television into consideration, it is now possible for you, as an recently informed American, to make a personal decision on whether watching TV is bad. The facts all point towards it being a good activity, but that is a choice for everyone to make for themselves. Or, in the case of parents, for their children too. It is possible for smart, well informed people to make the wrong decision so don't worry if you think that TV is bad; it doesn't mean that you're not smart. You just made the wrong decision!

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