"I believe that television is going to be the test of the modern world,
and in this new opportunity to see beyond the range of our own
vision, we shall discover either a new and unbearable disturbance of
the general peace or a saving radiance in the sky.” (Qtd. In Murray 7)
This quotation, by E.B. White, was written at the dawn of the television. White was right, it would either be beneficial or detrimental to society. Ever since the first television station was licensed in 1941, our lives have been affected by the presence of television. However, this effect is not negative. Despite the selection of shows that appeal to us negatively, it is used as a simple means of entertainment that appeals to the ethical in us as well as an invaluable source of cultural enrichment. Television is also an excellent aid in preparing children for school and assisting in educating children after they have begun school.
Every day millions of people turn to their televisions as a form of escape from the pressures and stress of day-to-day life. The television, to them, serves the purpose of entertaining them for a half hour or an hour at a time. What people don't realize is that some shows also deal with ethical issues. Some sitcoms, such as the popular NBC produced show "Friends” and CBS' "Everybody Loves Raymond,” are meant solely for entertainment but deal with everyday ethical dilemmas. Humor is not the only approach used in television entertainment. Shows, such as ABC's "NYPD Blue,” use thick plot lines and heavy drama to draw the viewer in entangling them in an intricate web of law and order. Even though some shows are meant only for entertainment, some shows make it a point to dive into major ethical based plot lines, an example of this can be found in CBS's "Touched by an Angel.” All of these shows, no matter the target audience, somehow delve into the difficult world of ethics and whether we know it or not, they subconsci...