Thursday, December 30, 2010

TOEFL Essay - television destroys friends

Q. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Television has destroyed communication among friends. Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.

Television certainly destroys friendships. Put a television between two people and fights happen. Friends of amicable nature cannot build relationships with background noise of any kind. If you are pulled in one direction, you cannot simply tug another direction without significant loss of power. Let's speculate for a few.

Television requires an in-depth sense of surroundings. You must assume what you're seeing is fake. Yet at the same time, your investment in the picture is surrender: you sense enjoyment and give yourself to it. If you aren't asked to surrender, then a medium flailing in front of you is easily parted with. With departures regularly from scheduling, a station would go under. Use this analogy with friends. Friendly programming shares these attributes. For example, if you had a friend who talked at you all the time, imagine the ad space that would take up were your friend an actual television. There would be ad space all the way to the moon if your friend just would shut up.

Friendships require a lasting attention. You cannot flip a friend to another friend if you don't like what they have on. You will be plastered to your seat, working on staying focused like in an exam, attached to what your friend pronounces. This your requirement. Attention to friends cannot be shared with a black box of plasma proportions. The newer televisions are objects of beauty we cannot resist. Weathered friends are beautiful but not objects, and are not designed to pull our visual attention in. There are few things less abysmal than a black and untouched television screen. If you want to see the future of interpersonal relationships in an era of mechanic broadcast expertise, look into the darkness of the flatscreen.

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