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One of the most important means of communication by pictures and sounds is the television Most of what we learn comes from television Just think of all that we see in just one hour of television-commercials educational programs sitcoms etc The TV is another source that we can learn from about lands far away people and places You can sit in your living room while visiting Europe Asia or even Australia Television is a huge influence on our daily lives as shown by how much time is spent staring at its screen Unfortunately the heaviest viewers of television are children Of course there are worthwhile programs on TV suitable for kids such as Sesame Street and the Magic School Bus but just imagine what a child would think if he saw just one episode of Melrose Place Do we tell the children that this is acceptable Radio is important but is not used as frequently anymore due to the birth of television We hear the news and can listen to different opinions of controversial subjects Millions of families used to gather around the radio to listen to dramas light comedies variety shows live music and other programs However people can communicate a lot more quickly between any two points either on land at sea in the sky or also in space with the use of the radio Politically the radio made it possible for the people to be informed about government policies directly Radio was born in the twenties and died in the forties Because the depression made listening the only amusement people could afford the thirties were radios finest years Later in the fifties television was making a breakthrough By 1961 88 of the United States households had two sets which were in use for an average of 5 hours a day Television killed off small-club boxing minor league baseball and practically any other activity that meant leaving the living room
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