Today, as in the very moment you read this, I’m sure that somebody, somewhere out there across the great landscapes that structure planet Earth, has a conversation about what they like best: Television on the Internet.
It’s a noteworthy query, in fact. The primary difference between the 2 (as both are mainly sedentary, linking staring at a display for an extended time frame) is that web browsing is an energetic (or preferably, interactive) activity, whereas TV is mostly a passive one.
Within the 90’s, a bunch of self-appointed cultural watchdogs took it upon itself to make various pseudoscientific factors that Television, a passive, largely entertaining activity enjoyed by billions around the globe, was a wholly terrible and destructive thing. Really the only ‘evidence’ even distantly convincing they could provide you with was that frequent exposure to open sex and violence at the young age can warp a kid’s conception of our world (like we could not have figured that out for ourselves) and sitting too near to a display knackers your eyes.
Obviously, if a close relative lets TV raise their child, the child will develop becoming a moron, but if ever the parent has made this decision of their own volition; it stands to reason the child was genetically predisposed to moronism in the 1st place.
Within the mid 2000s, the very same band of watchdogs took it upon themselves to divulge just how much harmful stuff there is about the Net. Like we did not already know. Even going as far as to mention that children’s active participation in internet gaming could warp a child’s (already fragile from excessive Television, you realize) notion of the world. Now, while some of us let out an maddened cry of ‘What precisely can people do that’s both beneficial and not tedious enough to execute you immediately!’ whilst wondering at what point parental accountability would turn out to be a factor in this oh-so boring ‘debate’, the Television and computer makers did something unprecedented: they developed a TV that lets you browse the Net.
Someplace in the last decade or so, the straightforward family telly became re-fashioned as the ‘entertainment centre’ which is a part of your front room devoted to leisure, where really the only chance of tension is inadvertently channel surfing over to the News bulletin during the adverts of Star Trek or finally receiving the bill on the blasted thing.
The Smart TV in fact 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 posh way of saying ‘check your Facebook’), watch movies 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 Television has become both active and passive. The choice is yours. That is the thing about TV, and maybe the point that our moral guardians find so detestable, TV always gives you a choice, even if that choice to switch it off and go for a run every once in a while.
So, to go back to our initial scene, our person who can not decide between the two, now doesn’t need to, as he or she can do both, in the same place. Smart TV has advanced the television into a powerful, all encompassing multimedia tool and, for the next five items within ths series; I’ll be providing you with information about the practical applications and much-reaching usefulness of this latest home entertainment innovation. Stay tuned.