Today, as in the very second you read this, I’m sure that somebody, somewhere out there across the greater landscapes that make up planet Earth, has a debate about what they like better: TV on the web.
It is a noteworthy query, actually. The main difference between the 2 (as both are mostly sedentary, linking staring at a display for an extended period of time) is that internet browsing is an energetic (or rather, interactive) activity, whereas TV is mostly a passive one.
Within the 90’s, a bunch of self-appointed cultural watchdogs took it upon themselves to fabricate many pseudoscientific reasons that TV, a passive, mainly entertaining action loved by billions around the globe, was a wholly bad and destructive thing. The only ‘evidence’ even distantly believable they could provide you with was that repeated contact with open sex and violence at a young age can warp a kid’s conception of our world (like we couldn’t have figured that out for ourselves) and that sitting too near to the display knackers your eyes.
Of course, if a close relative lets TV raise their child, the kid will grow up to be a moron, but if the parent has made this decision of their own preference; it stands to reason that the child was genetically inclined to moronism in the first place.
In the mid 2000s, the very same group of watchdogs took it upon itself to divulge just the level of harmful stuff there’s on the Net. Like we didn’t previously know. Even going as much as to say that children’s active contribution in online gaming could warp a kid’s (already fragile from excessive Television, you appreciate) perception of the world. Now, while some of us let out an frustrated cry of ‘What precisely can people do that’s both beneficial and never monotonous enough to execute you instantly!’ whilst wondering at what point parental responsibility would turn out to be an element in this oh-so dull ‘debate’, the TV and computer manufacturers did something exceptional: they developed a TV that allow you to browse the Internet.
Somewhere in the last decade roughly, the straightforward family telly became re-fashioned as the ‘entertainment centre’ that’s a section of your front room dedicated to leisure, where the one possibility of hassle is inadvertently channel surfing over to the News during the advertisements of Star Trek or finally getting the bill on the blasted thing.
The Smart Television actually allows you to surf the net, in real time, like you’d do on your computer. You’ll be able to get applications, social network (which is a fancy way of saying ‘check your Facebook’), watch videos your friends have uploaded and catch the selective web-only shows which are putting TV writing, acting and directing in the reach of the common chap. Yes, your TV is now both active and passive. The choice is yours. That’s the thing about Television, and maybe the thing that our ethical guardians find so despicable, Television always gives you a choice, even if that choice to switch it off and go for a stroll every once in a while.
So, to revisit to our original scene, our one who can’t decide between the 2, now does not need to, as he or she can do both, in the same place. Smart TV has developed the television into a strong, all encircling multimedia tool and, for the next five items in this series; I’ll be giving you information about the practical applications and far-reaching usefulness of this newest home entertainment innovation. Stay tuned.