Our modern age is the age of television. Since the invention of television, thousands of million people have experienced the television program every night and learned so much knowledge from watching television that even the dominance of traditional ways in which people received information (such as books, newspapers) are endangered by televisions. In this issue, the speaker points out that reading books is not as important as it once was in the age of television, and people can learn as much by watching television program as they can by reading books. However, in my view, television can not completely replace books as the ways in which people learn knowledge and receive information due to the different functions between television and book. Both the television and book have large and important contribution to the knowledge learning of public.
Firstly, there is no comparability between television and books. Television, in which the video image and audio sound are mixed together, is more visual than book and can bring the audience abundant visual and auditory information. Furthermore, the television programs, which are always entertainment programs, could embody the information and knowledge in entertainment and thus make the process of receiving information or knowledge easier. Consequently, people may benefit so much from the television during their knowledge learning. However, it does not mean that people can learn knowledge only from television and not from books. Actually, reading books is still an important adoption in the process that people learn knowledge. On one hand, though book may be not as visual as the television programs, the advantage of books is that it can make people exert their imagination when they are reading the sentences in books rather than watching television programs. Meanwhile, in some special fields, such as academic papers, professional introductions, etc., the books are still predominant because of the convenience and simplicity for books to introduce rational and logical presentations. For example, in schools, we receive information and knowledge of mathematics, physics, chemistry and so on mostly from books, while seldom from television.
Secondly, compared to television, the books are more convenient than televisions to be used as the ways in which people receive information and knowledge. For example, the books can be read on diverse occasions such as on bus, subway and so on due to its portability, while the televisions are always more heavy than the books, even the high-tech portable televisions, indicating they can not be used wildly. Even if the televisions are as light as books, there must be another problem that the television can only be watched when there are TV signals and it need to consume additional energy. Finally, the price of television is so much higher than books that not everyone can afford one or more televisions. All these above make it too hard that television can be used as wildly as books.
Above all, it need to be demonstrated that the television and the book have its own advantages and are used in its own fields. We should emphasize that the television and book can not replace each other in the process of learning knowledge and information.
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: TOPIC: ISSUE38 - "In the age of television, reading books is not as important
: as it once was. People can learn as much by watching television as they can
: by reading books."