TV Alters a Culture

Television arrived in Bhutan just eight years ago and already there is evidence of how the TV screen is altering a culture. People are hooked on US movies and Bollywood. At night, streets become deserted and cafes where men used to cluster to talk and drink are deserted because everyone is at home watching soap operas from India. Parents complain children want to watch rather than do homework. It appears three major changes are:
Conversation is altered since less time is spent in face to face encounters.
Commercials arouse interest in products that ordinarily were not desired.
Children have less time to play or do homework.
One can only wonder if there is something innate within humans which prefers the tiny screen to the wonders of nature and life.

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