Right now, as in the very instant you read this, I am sure that somebody, anywhere around across the greater landscapes that make up planet Earth, is having a discussion about what they like best: Television on the Internet.
It is a noteworthy query, actually. The principle disparity between the 2 (as both are largely sedentary, involving gazing at a display for an extended time frame) is that internet browsing is an energetic (or preferably, interactive) activity, whereas TV is really a passive one.
Within the 1990’s, a group of self-appointed cultural watchdogs took it upon themselves to fabricate a variety of pseudoscientific factors that Television, a passive, largely entertaining activity enjoyed by billions around the globe, was an entirely terrible and destructive thing. The only ‘evidence’ even remotely convincing they might provide you with was that frequent exposure to open sex and violence at the young age can warp a child’s conception of our world (like we could not have figured that out for ourselves) and sitting too near to the display knackers your eyes.
Naturally, if a parent lets television bring up their child, the kid will develop to be a moron, but if ever the parent has made this decision of their own preference; it stands to reason that the child was genetically predisposed to moronism in the 1st place.
During the mid 2000s, the exact same band of watchdogs took it upon themselves to disclose just the level of damaging stuff there’s about the Internet. Like we didn’t previously know. Even going as much as to say that children’s active participation in internet gaming could warp a child’s (already fragile from too much TV, you realize) perception of the world. Now, while a number of us let out an frustrated cry of ‘What exactly can people do that’s both beneficial and not boring enough to execute you instantly!’ whilst thinking at what point parental accountability would turn out to be an element on this oh-so tedious ‘debate’, the Television and computer manufacturers did something unprecedented: they developed a TV that lets you browse the Internet.
Somewhere in the last decade roughly, the straightforward family telly became re-fashioned as the ‘entertainment centre’ that’s a part of your living room dedicated to leisure, where the only possibility of tension is unintentionally channel surfing over to the News during the advertisements of Star Trek or finally getting the bill for the blasted thing.
The Smart Television in fact allows you to visit cyberspace, in real time, like you’d do on your laptop. You can download applications, social network (which is a posh way of saying ‘check your Facebook’), watch you tube your friends have uploaded and catch the selective web-only programmes 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’s the thing about TV, and maybe the point that our moral guardians find so detestable, TV always gives you a choice, even when that choice to switch it off and go for a walk every once in a while.
So, to go back to our initial scene, our person who can not determine between the two, now does not need to, as he or she can do both, from 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 giving you information on the practical applications and far-reaching usefulness of this newest home entertainment innovation. Stay tuned.