Television programs often create a glamorous image of a life that is far outside the financial capabilities of most people watching. When viewers watch such programs then reflect on their lives, it creates a set of negative feelings. Television is almost always a sedentary activity. Over time, it begins to show. Television is the big reason for the “obesity epidemic,” because Americans simply don’t get the natural exercise from doing non-sedentary activities that they once got. The health costs from this can be tremendous.
It is my belief that the general public is too quick to assign credibility to a person simply because the person is appearing on television. Anyone can appear on television. However, it is much more important to look at the person's qualifications and background and not be seduced by first appearances.
We think just because someone is on TV, they must be important or smart enough to know things that qualify them to be on public television for anyone to stumble upon and see. We cannot consider someone an expert just because they talk about or read a lot about it. There should be more qualifying characteristics.
We do not give too much credit to people who are on tv, because when tv personalities do other things, we know they are not experts. When an athlete judges a beauty contest, we know that they are not an expert in beauty. Rather, they are a just a regular person who is judging the competition as a lay person. We keep it all in perspective.