Today, as in the very second you read this, I’m sure that somebody, somewhere around across the great landscapes that make up planet Earth, has a discussion about what they like better: TV on the Internet.
It is an interesting query, actually. The main difference between the two (as both are mainly sedentary, linking gazing at a display for an extended time frame) is that web browsing is an energetic (or rather, interactive) pastime, whereas Television is really a passive one.
In the 90’s, a group of self-appointed cultural watchdogs took it upon itself to fabricate many pseudoscientific reasons that Television, a passive, largely entertaining action loved by billions around the globe, was a wholly bad and destructive thing. The only ‘evidence’ even slightly believable they might come up with was that repeated exposure to explicit sex and violence at the young age can warp a child’s perception of the earth (like we could not have figured that out for ourselves) and that sitting too near to a screen knackers your eyes.
Naturally, if a close relative lets TV raise their child, the child will develop to be a moron, but if the parent has made this decision of the own preference; it stands to reason that the child was genetically inclined to moronism in the 1st place.
In the mid 2000s, the exact same band of watchdogs took it upon themselves to divulge just the level of damaging stuff there is on the Net. Like we didn’t already know. Even going as much as to mention that children’s active contribution in online gaming could warp a kid’s (already fragile from excessive TV, you understand) perception of our world. Now, while some of us set free an exasperated cry of ‘What precisely can people do that’s both healthy and never monotonous enough to execute you immediately!’ whilst questioning at what point parental accountability would turn out to be an element on this oh-so boring ‘debate’, the TV and computer makers did something unprecedented: they built a Television that allow you to browse the Internet.
Somewhere in the last decade or so, the straightforward family telly became re-fashioned as the ‘entertainment centre’ that is a section of your front room dedicated to leisure, where really the only likelihood of hassle is accidentally channel surfing over to the News bulletin during the adverts of Star Trek or lastly receiving the bill on the blasted thing.
The Smart Television in fact allows you to visit cyberspace, in real time, like you would do on your computer. You’ll be able to get applications, social network (that is a complicated way of saying ‘check your Facebook’), watch you tube your mates have uploaded and catch the exclusive web-only shows which are putting Television writing, acting and directing within the reach of the common man. Yes, your Television has become both active and passive. The choice is yours. That is the thing about Television, and perhaps the thing that our ethical guardians find so detestable, TV always provides a choice, even when that choice to switch it off and go for a stroll every once in a while.
So, to go back to our original scene, our one who can not determine between the 2, now does not need to, as he or she can do both, in the same place. Smart TV has advanced the tv into a strong, all encompassing multimedia tool and, for the next five items in this series; I’ll be providing you with information about the realistic applications and far-reaching usefulness of this newest home entertainment innovation. Stay tuned.