Today, as in the very instant you read this, I’m sure that somebody, somewhere out there across the great landscapes that form up planet Earth, is having a discussion about what they like better: TV on the Internet.
It’s an interesting query, in fact. The principle disparity between the two (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 Television is a passive one.
Within the 1990’s, a bunch of self-appointed cultural watchdogs took it upon itself to make many pseudoscientific motives that TV, a passive, mostly entertaining activity loved by billions round the globe, was a wholly bad and damaging thing. Really the only ‘evidence’ even slightly convincing they might come up with was that repeated exposure to explicit sex and violence at a young age can warp a kid’s perception of the earth (like we couldn’t have figured that out for ourselves) and that sitting too close to the display knackers your eyes.
Naturally, if a parent lets TV bring up their kid, the kid will grow up becoming a moron, but if the parent has made this choice of the own volition; it stands to reason the child was genetically liable to moronism in the first place.
In the mid 2000s, the exact same group of watchdogs took it upon themselves to divulge just how much damaging stuff there’s on the World wide web. Like we didn’t previously 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 TV, you realize) perception of our world. Now, while a few of us set free an maddened cry of ‘What exactly can people do that’s both beneficial and not monotonous enough to kill you immediately!’ whilst thinking at what point parental accountability would turn out to be an element in this oh-so dull ‘debate’, the Television and computer makers did something extraordinary: they developed a TV that lets you browse the Net.
Somewhere in the last decade or so, the straightforward family telly became re-fashioned as the ‘entertainment centre’ which is a section of your living room dedicated to leisure, where the one chance of stress is unintentionally channel surfing over to the News bulletin during the advertisements of Star Trek or finally getting the bill on the blasted thing.
The Smart TV actually allows you to visit cyberspace, in real time, like you would do on your PC. You’ll be able to download 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 within the reach of the common man. Yes, your Television is now both active and passive. The selection is yours. That is the thing about TV, and perhaps the thing that our moral guardians find so detestable, Television always provides a choice, even if that choice to switch it off and go for a walk every once in a while.
So, to revisit to our original scene, our one who can’t decide between the two, now doesn’t have to, as he or she can do both, in the same place. Smart TV has developed the television into a strong, all encompassing multimedia tool and, for the next five items within ths series; I will be providing you with information about the realistic applications and far-reaching usefulness of this newest home entertainment innovation. Stay tuned.