EducationalEnglish B HL

Have you ever considered your television as a weapon? (IB ENGLISH B HL: Personal Response Example)

“Quality Television” – Have you ever considered your television as a weapon?

Did you know, the average American child sees about 200,000 acts of violence by the age of 18? How? Well that is from watching television shows! Have you ever considered your television as an instrument? It can illuminate, entertain, inspire, and also teach. However, it can only do these things if humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise according to Edward Murrow it is merely wires and lights in a box. I hope by the end, you get to realize that this instrument is not used in its full potential.

Have you ever considered your television as a weapon? Think about it. The television has the power to amplify your voice and broadcast media so that everyone can listen and view your message. To those who have the skill, this is a very effective weapon. For example, television can be used for education. However, try to remember your television subscription back home. Out of the hundreds of channels that you subscribed, I bet that you can only find a couple educational channels. Nevertheless, this weapon has fallen into the wrong hands. Instead of spreading out education and entertainment, ads are dominating, news are full of bias, and everything has been commercialized.

It seems that today, television has evolved into a combination of show business, news, and advertising plus a little bit of education. It is obvious that television is not used in its full potential and we have to fight for more quality television content.

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