Sunday, July 24, 2011


Television, a fountain of information

  • Sunday, July 24, 2011
  • Arunthathi Kanagaratnam
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  • The television is a piece of electrical equipment which is very useful to us today. It has a screen on which we can watch various programmes with moving pictures and sounds. The television was invented in 1924 by a Scotish scientist named John Logie Baird. Since that time it has developed greatly in quality and technology to the present advanced form. Even though the television was invented a long time ago it was introduced to our country rather recently;about two decades ago.

    The original televisions were produced only in black and white with manually controlled on-off switch buttons. The present television sets come in colour with a variety of new features such as high quality screens which are easy on the eyes and a host of other operations which are all controlled by a remote.

    Formally the television was used only by a handful of well to of people ,but now its usage has increased greatly. In fact, it is difficult to trace numbers. There is hardly a house even among shanty dwellers without a television set today. Television is a fountain of information.Interesting facts and visuals about different subjects,various happenings and people from the four corners of the world flow through it. Some of the programmes telecast are recorded first and aired later while others are telecast while the event is taking place ; 'live' as it is called in television language.

    There are many channels that telecast these programmes in all three languages. Out of all these programmes the news telecasts and entertainment programmes such as musicals and tele-dramas are watched by people from all walks of life.

    Unlike books, the use of television is not confined to literate people. Even a person who is totally illiterate can watch television and enjoy what the TV offers.In this context there is no other medium of communication which is accessible to the ordinary public.

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