Cultural Environment

Cultural Environment
The invention of the television and its advancement through technology in our world has affected the cultural environment significantly. It has affected the way we act, perceive things, and even changed our lives as a whole. The cultural environment in today?s society is totally different from the time period before the invention of the television. First, the television has affected the pre-existing cultural institutions. Before the television was invented most of the children all over the world would play outside with their friends after school. Children would be playing ball in the streets, buying candy at the convenience store, and so on. Ever since the television was invented, more and more children are watching television rather than playing outside after school. In today?s society, it?s even worse since children are usually glued to the television all day. This eliminates their chance for some exercise and to meet new people. The invention of the television also has changed the meaning of family night. Back before the television, families used to come together one night a week to play board games and to socialize. Ever since the television was invented, less and less families come together to play games. If they do come together, it is usually in front of the television. This changes the meaning of family night because now families don?t socialize as much because they watch television. This technology has also affected the way people see themselves and their place in the universe. Television has become such an integral part of society that people are confusing fantasy with reality. Violence seems to be in almost every television show in today?s society.
This excessive violence makes society accustom to it and therefore people don?t believe violence is as bad as it is when it happens. ?Although few anti-television activists would agree that excessive television viewing can exculpate a murderer, a huge body of evidence ? including 3,000 studies before 1971 alone ? suggests a strong connection between television watching and aggression? (Stossel 3). This is concrete proof that the television has changed people?s attitudes and the way they see themselves in society. Television has also changed people?s view of the world. Now with the television, people can get news from around the world everyday at almost any time. Before the television, people could only get the world news everyday from the newspaper. News from the television is also more current because the television makes it possible to get breaking news to the people whereas the newspaper can only report the news that happens before it is printed. People in today?s society can potentially have more knowledge about the world events due to the invention of the television. Television also gives people the opportunity to view other parts of the world. Without the television, people would not be able to see other parts of the world without traveling there. If they would read something about another part of the world, they could only imagine it in their minds. With the invention of the television, people could now see parts of the world that was not possible before without traveling around the world. The invention of the television has changed society and the cultural environment dramatically. Ideas are now expressed differently, the world is seen in a new way, and pre-existing cultural institutions have been changed due to the integration of the television into society. There are both good and bad changes that have occurred due to the invention of the television, which is common of all technologies. There is no doubt that the television has changed the way people act and perceive things in society.

Cultural Environment 6.8 of 10 on the basis of 2811 Review.