In today’s culture, television has exploded into being more than just a source of entertainment. For many years
television has been corrupting our culture. It has given people an excuse to sit around and do nothing because the
news can be brought to them through TV. The laziness of Americans has been greatly increased by the
advancements in TV and the number of channels available. Americans need to quit relying on the television to bring
them the perfectly accurate news of the nation and get out and discover things for themselves, or read a newspaper
which will at least improve your reading skills.
Today television is visible in every aspect of our lives. As Roy F. Fox states in his “Harvesting Minds,” TV
monitors are visible throughout theme park lines, constantly showing you influencing advertisements. TV
commercials also entertain you while pumping gas or sitting in many restaurants across the nation (169).
Everywhere you go television is always drawing your attention. I believe TV’s should be taken out of public places
so families pay attention to each other instead of the television. The general public needs to inform companies that
they don’t want television in every aspect of their lives, and maybe then the television will start to become less of an
influence in the lives of Americans.
The television world is the life many people dream of; they don’t care how they get on the “tube” as long as their
face is seen on national TV. Hal Himmelstein explains in his book “Television Myth and the American mind,”
Television is the image of eternal youth, made possible by surgery and miracle products. A world that has made
everyday living fun and bearable because of a few individuals success at acting (4). For many years the realm of
television has practically taken over peoples lives. They get so caught up in what money and surgery can do that
they lose track of the real world. This once again shows the decay of our former culture do to the advances is
television. In the past people have been inclined to do things for themselves; now people just sit in front of the TV
and expect other people to do what needs to be done.
The availability of violence and uneducational shows has readily increased over the last few years. This violence has
had major effects on children who are set in front of a TV by their parents and left for the day. When my cousin
Gracie was younger, she was constantly set in front of the TV because her parents did not want to spend time
reading to her and helping her develop. Now that Gracie is seven the neglect she suffered as a very young child is
extremely noticeable. This year Gracie entered the first grade instead of the second grade. She still does not know
the alphabet and probably will not pass the first grade, all because her parents were too lazy to spend time with her
and the violent, uneducational shows just didn’t cut it. The last couple of years Gracie has became increasingly
violent. She has gotten in many fights, but does not realize that what she is doing is wrong. Unfortunately this
happens way to often, and parents must realize that the television c!
an not replace the time they spend with their children before it is too late.
If today’s’ culture is to improve, it will have to do it without the television. As Cecelia Tichi has explained in
“Electronic Hearth,” The nation should no longer be born into a television dominant environment (4).The influence
of television on our lives will only fade if we demand more from ourselves and our nation. Instead of watching TV,
we should be out enjoying our lives and learning all we can. Our lives, and the lives of our children are too valuable
to spend sitting in front of a TV.





THE AMERICAN CULTURE









Chris Allen
In today’s culture, television has exploded into being more than just a source of entertainment. For many years
television has been corrupting our culture. It has given people an excuse to sit around and do nothing because the
news can be brought to them through TV.