You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Some people say that all popular TV entertainment programmes should aim to educate viewers about important social issues. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
It is often argued that making aware people about crucial social issues should be an aim of the makers of every popular television entertainment programme. I do agree to the statement to a greater extent.
The predominant reason behind my agreement to the statement is that if this is done, significant social problems and their solutions can be reached to a wider circle of people. To be clearer, popular entertainment programmes have a considerable proportion of viewers irrespective of age and gender. If the directors of such programmes focus on educating the public on these crises, many of these can be addressed swiftly and effectively as it would reach a notable proportion of active population of a country.
The second reason why I align to the statement is that there are very few options to make people aware about such situations in such an effective manner. In the past, these issues were addressed through novels, poems and dramas. As television became an integral entertainment media, telecasters saw it as the best mode of information transfer; both directly and indirectly. For example, information is programmed and fed into the brains of the TV viewers through popular programmes like reality shows and comedy shows. Therefore, making such programmes is highly recommended.
I need to admit that often such inclusion would kill the essence of the programmes, and would affect their popularity. However, I think a creative director can address this particular issue appropriately.
To conclude, though there are questions regarding maintaining the popularity intact, I believe addressing social issues in popular TV programmes is really a good idea.
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