Television Is Better Than Books Essay

In general, we associate books with smart people and television with… less smart people. Spend all day at home watching TV and you’ll be brain dead, but spend all day reading books and damn, you fancy. There are shows that are for the “smarts” (your Breaking Bads, your The Wires) and books that are for the “not smarts” (your 50 Shades of Greys, your Twilights) but all in all, general consensus is that books, good, TV, bad.

Nobody brags about not reading any books. You don’t run into hipsters at parties being all like “oh books? I don’t even own one, I’ve never been much of a books person.” And when people talk about their TV habits it’s always with a little shame attached, “I watched the entire first season of Real Housewives of NYC last night because my life is meaningless and no one loves me.” Don’t get me wrong, there is science behind the books, good, TV, bad argument, and how you brain is activated while you’re reading versus when you are watching something, but at the end of the day, books and TV are both about learning and escaping from reality.

In the olden days, back before television and sexting, there were books, and I’m sure some kind of note delivery service for hand drawn pictures of penises. The “television” of the olden days was plays and musicals. Books and live theater used to be equals, both regarded with the same highbrow approval. Today, plays even surpass books in their eliteness. Why is this? Take the camera away from any episode of Full House and what does it become? A play, a story acted out in front of a live studio audience. And yet, television is still the red headed step child of entertainment. Is this because you are around other people and you can’t, or shouldn’t, get away with not wearing any pants? You can read with no pants and it is just as solitary, if not more so, than watching television.

A good book really only needs one thing, good writing. That’s all that’s in a book, words. You just need one person and a good editor probably, maybe even a team of editors, and that there’s a book. A good television show needs so much more than that. Take The Wire, a show that many argue is one of the best television shows of all time. And yes, it is a good television show because of the good writing, but also because of everything else that goes into making a show; acting, production quality, marketing, Kraft service, etc. And still, these people don’t get the same respect as “real” writers. An Emmy ain’t no Nobel Prize.

I read more books and watch more TV than anyone I know, and I get the same pleasure and education from both mediums. I am just as happy watching a 90 Day Fiancé marathon as I am reading some good Toni Morrison. At the end of the day you can spend all day reading or spend all day watching television and you’re still not doing shit, get your lazy ass outside! Just kidding, Modern Family is on.

  • TV is better then books

    Because books are boring and TV has all different stuff like footy and cartoons. And you can watch the news so you can see whats happening around the world and books are like just really really really boring like so boring and TV has lots of colours and they talk to you.

  • Environmental loss .

    The only produce of a tv thats harmful to the environment is that it uses electricity, books however, use paper, in wich one series of books worldwide would take around a small forest to produce, depending on how far the series goes, it could lead to others, such as harry potter and the philosopher stone leading all the way to the 7th book, and would then inspire other writers to make more books then uses more paper.

  • TV is better

    Yes TV is better than books. TV is relaxing and entertaining. Books are long and boring all you do is look at words. Basically books are just converted into film to make it more exciting and interesting. Some people are not good at imagining so TV is better for those people. Some people don't like commercials but if the kid does not understand what happened on TV the commercials give them time to think about what happened.

  • TV is better than books

    Because books are boring and TV has all different stuff like footy and cartoons. And you can watch the news so you can see whats happening around the world and books are like just really really really boring like so boring and TV has lots of colours and they talk to you.

  • Yes tv is better than books.

    Tv is relaxing and entertaining. Books are long and boring all you do is look at words. Basically books are just converted into film to make it more exciting and interesting. Some people are not good at imagining so tv is better for those people. Some people don't like commercials but if the kid does not understand what happened on tv the commercials give them time to think about what happened.

  • Television is far better than reading books

    Television is a good source of entertainment. It is also a good pastime for adults. It gives us knowledge about various plants and dangerous animals and the way to escape them. It gives us knowledge about the cultural, historical and geographical stats of many countries. It also removes the laziness and stress of our body. Not only this world it this us knowledge about many galaxies, planets, stars, universe etc. Though it hampers our study but it is far better than reading books

  • TV is better then books

    Because books are boring and TV has all different stuff like footy and cartoons. And you can watch the news so you can see whats happening around the world and books are like just really really really boring like so boring and TV has lots of colours and they talk to you.

  • Books are fun

    Books are better than television because we can’t bring a television on the bus or the classroom, but, we can bring a book. Books are a lot cheaper than televisions, televisions are expensive. Books can also make us use our imagination. We can imagine what the characters look like, but on the television they might turn out the complete opposite. Books are very educational by helping us read, write sensational stories and spell terrific words. Books also help us learn great facts. They can teach us new words. They also give us as much time as you like to take in what is on the page, but the television can’t stop for people to understand what is going on. Books can provide more details and information than television programs due to expensive airtime. Do you want the electricity bill to go up? That’s what will happen if you watch too much television. Books are much cheaper and they are better for the environment.

  • Tv is better

    Stop saying the same points....... Dum dum..... Because books are boring and TV has all different stuff like footy and cartoons. And you can watch the news so you can see whats happening around the world and books are like just really really really boring like so boring and TV has lots of colours and they talk to you.
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  • Television is better than books.

    For this topic, television doesn't mean watching entertaining programs. It can also mean watching educational programs such as documentaries.
    Televisions are much better than books, as people nowadays are much more interested in visual things than texts. Adolescents would learn from educational documentaries far better than reading a whole book about a certain topic.
    Also, televisions are easy to access, and convenient; even for those that are disabled. For instance, it would be much better to hear an information if you can't see things, and it would be much better to visually see explanations than reading pages of texts.

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