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Should TV be banned

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blackkid
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 8/17/2014 Category: Entertainment
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Star123

Con

I think TV should not be banned because you can learn a lot of new information about it.
blackkid

Pro

Television should be banned for being obsolete, costly, and inefficient.

1. Television is obsolete with the institution of more complex and multipurpose computational machines such as a terminal you are likely sitting at right now. "WebTV" or "streaming", whichever is preferred as a title, has ousted the need for television, specific terminals, specific jacks, specific signals, and specific channels as most if not all of the items watchable on a television through a cable or satellite signal can all be steamed through, often at better resolution and with a more stable signal, the internet.

2. Television is costly on multiple fronts. First I'd like to note that Netflix, which has over 1,000 movies and shows and therefore hundreds of hours of entertainment is inexpensive at $9/mo. (http://www.usatoday.com...) with Amazon Prime sitting at $99/yr. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com...) meanwhile using Comcast/XFINITY, one of the country's largest cable suppliers, the monthly cost for basic service is $50 (http://www.comcast.com...). Dish Network sits at $20/mo. with it's lowest package (http://www.infinitydish.com...).

In essence for even Amazon Prime at $99/yr you would save compared to Dish Network over $140 or ~59%.

3. Television is inefficient simply by being a redundant service. Since internet and television are actually all the same product (Streamed Telephony) utilizing different frequencies and signal signatures having all of them combined and pay each is truly inefficient. The reason VOIP works is because the internet is just telephony (http://www.unc.edu...) no different in process for the most part for the average user. There are no advantages to using a television with digital or satellite signals to that of simply streaming your items online or using a VOIP. Though they do work differently mechanically the end user will see no difference.
Debate Round No. 1
Star123

Con

TV should not be banned for so many reasons.
1. It keeps us entertained.
2. Children learn new things from it.
3. It keeps us updated on what is happening around the world.

TV is also something that everyone enjoys. So why should we ban it?
blackkid

Pro

1. "It keeps us entertained". Any form of media can maintain a person's attention and entertain them therefore the universal nature of the scenario somewhat weakens the point. To make matter worse TV is often duplicated online and more accessible as well so for instance via NetFlix you can watch entire seasons of shows versus television where you can only watch one episode at a time. While TV contracts make sure they have the newest episodes and freshest content very little of it is exclusive to TV alone and cannot or will not be streamed or shared (legally) via the internet.

2. While true (http://www.med.umich.edu...) the amount of television children, namely toddlers and preschoolers, are to watch is very limited:

"The [American Academy of Pediatrics] recommends that parents establish "screen-free" zones at home by making sure there are no televisions, computers or video games in children's bedrooms, and by turning off the TV during dinner. Children and teens should engage with entertainment media for no more than one or two hours per day, and that should be high-quality content. It is important for kids to spend time on outdoor play, reading, hobbies, and using their imaginations in free play."

(http://www.aap.org...) rendering the need for television itself obsolete since most of this media can be streamed off the internet or bought on recorded devices (such as DVDs) for far less without a recurring price considering that the total value of time children should watch television as recommended is less than 60 hours a month on average making it a total of less than 3 whole days. At $20/mo. you could buy a DvD or two of educational programming that will easily span this amount of time over the course of at least two months.

3. The Internet is hands down the winner for keeping people updated with the news (http://www.people-press.org...) for the new generation as seen in the section of breakdown by age. It is unlikely that TV will make a comeback and it's popularity seems to only be present within those further away from the Internet Age itself. This trend is an indication that it will not suffice alone and cannot survive on this as it is impractical. In the US alone this article shows that the source of news is beginning to become majorly irrelevant but it contains all ages and is not particularly a strong source for current trends just actuality: (http://www.americanpressinstitute.org...)

In 2013 American's used alternate forms of entertainment than Television (http://www.huffingtonpost.com...) combined with it's redundancy over Internet there's no reason to keep it.
Debate Round No. 2
Star123

Con

You are absolutely right when you say any media can maintain entertainment. But think about it, people watch TV more regularly more than any other source of media. TV has every type of topic you could watch. For example, history, movies, cartoons, news and lots of other things.
blackkid

Pro

This is, as shown in the sources above related to the polls, a matter of generation versus actual presentation. With many networks like MTV moving their programming online (http://www.mtv.com...) younger persons and television garnered towards younger persons such as teens is no longer on "The Tube" but instead on media that encourages movement and on-the-go intake such as a tablet or a phone even. Humans are declining in their willingness to continue to make television shows as ratings drop (http://www.nytimes.com...) and competition gets worse (http://www.forbes.com..., http://www.dailymail.co.uk...) there's no real reason to believe that TV is anything more than simply technology that the older population is keeping on life-support.

Whatever television offers is not worth it, it requires more equipment so it's not ecologically as friendly, it's really not a multi-purpose object as "Smart TVs" were created in response to, not as a forward presentation of, current media demands (http://www.howtogeek.com...) but they do not hold the water they need to. Television should simply be removed or at least allowed it's way out for the elder generation and the Baby Boomer. Once they are gone the majority of watchers will have died with them and so such the television age just as the radio age majorly died with this group itself where radio is still kept around but has suffered major declines but whats worse is that television, unlike radio, serves no purpose in competition with the internet since the medium and mode for presentation are the same but with greater limitation (there is no such thing as truly wireless widespread TV).
Debate Round No. 3
Star123

Con

Star123 forfeited this round.
blackkid

Pro

I never really know what to do when my opponent forfeits a round. Yes, this is my round.
Debate Round No. 4
Star123

Con

Star123 forfeited this round.
blackkid

Pro

It is done.
Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by AlternativeDavid 3 years ago
AlternativeDavid
Who wants to ban TV?
Posted by ben671176 3 years ago
ben671176
It shouldn't be banned regardless, it is a big industry racking in a lot of money. Though you shouldn't believe in everything you see.
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Reasons for voting decision: Although I think TV should never be banned, as it IS entertaining, Pro had many more convincing arguments than Con, and I was surprised how well he did. "It is done" is right.