TV improves women’s rights, health, education and reduces local corruption. It’s also increasingly sociable. This is the view from Charles Kenny, a Washington developmental economist. He says “soap operas and reality shows help solve real-world problems”.
This may not come as a surprise to many of you but research released last week found that kids in the US are watching more TV than ever – health experts are warning of adverse effects. But here’s what Popwatch has to say about it:
‘Dora the Explorer expands kids’ horizons, Sesame Street taught us all Spanish before we started kidergarten, and even sitcoms like Wizards of Waverly Place offer solid morals and good, clean laughs.’ What role does TV play in your life?
Tyra Damn thinks it’s foolish to believe that TV can educate children. Disney are currently embroiled in a debate with parents who purchased their Baby Einstein DVD. Apparently it didn’t make their children geniuses.
Have a read of this article in the Jakarta Post. The Indonesian Broadcasting Commission supervisory team wants to see more TV for educational purposes. Psychologist Kasandra Putranto said TV was a way to learn about the real world. “Children must also know there are kidnappers, pedophiles and other criminals out there,” she said.
Sandra de Castro Buffington is director of the Hollywood, Health and Society program at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. She says “Research shows that nearly two-thirds of regular viewers report learning something new about health from TV storylines and one-third take action on what they’ve learned.”
Is it time to cut the complaining about the evils of TV and realise it’s true potential?