“Television is merely a nuisance.” Discuss. [30 out of 45, 2001/2002]

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FRANÇAIS ENGLISH

“La télévision n’est qu’un fléu”

“Television is merely a nuisance”

Un avis répandu en France qui soutient ce titre est “qu’on devrait diffuser les films violents plus tard le soir”. Quand on considère que les actes de violence qu’on voit à la télé comprennent: le meurtre; des bagarres; et le viol, il est évident qu’il faut penser des effets de ces émissions sur les jeunes. Pour certaines jeunes impressionables, les émissions violentes pourraient les inciter à faire des bêtises – il y a un lien entre la quantité de violence qu’une personne a vu et leur niveau d’agression. En plus, si quelqu’un reste devant la télé pendant plusieurs heures, il me semble qu’elle encourage la passivité.

Par contre, il y a plusieurs atouts de la télévision. Par exemple, en comparaison des journaux, elle est plus objective {une qualité qui est importante} pour des “infos”. Certaines émissions ont une valeur éducative. Ces émissions informent des gens sur des sujets importants à la culture française, comme la drogue et le SIDA par exemple. Les “infos” qui sont diffusés par la télévision sont plus au point que celles des journaux, puisque le journal télévisé est diffusé 24 heures sur 24 heures [sur la chaîne d’information brittanique ‘Sky News’]. On peut mieux comprendre ce qui se passe en regardant les images, aussi.

Pour conclure, il y a des avantages et des inconvénients du petit écran. Même si “les enfants restent cloués devant la télé”, il faut accepter que le téléviseur a une valeur éducative. Finalement, je soutiens que la télé est meilleure qu’un fléau. [^]

A widespread view in France that supports this statement is that “we should broadcast violent films later in the evening”. When one considers that the violent acts seen on telly consist of: murder; wars; and rape, it is obvious that we must think about the effects that these programmes can have on young people. For some impressionable youngsters, violent programmes could induce them to do stupid things – there is a link between the amount of violence that a person has seen and their level of aggression. Furthermore, if someone sits in front of the telly for several hours, it seems to encourage passivity.

On the other hand, there are several advantages to the television. For example, in comparison with newspapers, television is more objective {an important quality} concerning the “news”. Certain programmes have an educational value. These programmes inform people about important subjects in French culture, such as drugs and AIDS for example. The “news” broadcast by the television is more up-to-date than the “news” disseminated by the newspapers, since television news is broadcast 24 hours a day [on the British news channel, ‘Sky News’]. We can also better understand what has happened with the aid of images.

To conclude, there are both advantages and drawbacks to the small screen. Even if “children sit glued in front of the telly”, it is necessary to accept that television has an educational value. Finally, I maintain that television is better than a mere nuisance. [^]

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34-year-old father of three wonderful children [William, Seth, and Alyssa]. Works as an Assistant Technical Officer in the Sterile Services Department of Treliske Hospital, Cornwall. Enjoys jogging, web design, being a bit of a geek, and supporting Arsenal FC. Obtained a BA degree in English from the University of Bolton in 2008, and has continued to gain qualifications in a diverse range of subjects thereafter.

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