Television in Russia and in Britain
Pahomova Julia 10
Television now plays an important role
in our life. Of course it influences the way people look at the world and
share their views. There are advantages and disadvantages on television.
Television in our country offers us
about 18 channels so the programmes are various. We can say the same about
British television, but in Britain there are more people who have satellite
television. There are special channels on it: sport channel, music channel,
news, cartoons, children's channel and even special channel for animals.
Very often the programmes are bad.
Sometimes they show too much violence in films and new programmes. There are
more American cruel thrillers than ours. Our children can't find the
difference between goodness and evil because they watch such films and study
to solve problems with gore and murders. Russian films show us reality of wars
but they don't try to imagine such horrors as Americans do.
There is also too much advertisement.
When the adverts come on, we always switch over to see what's on the other
channels. Of course it is the most effective way of making things known to
people, but I think that all programmes should be broken by adverts. It wastes
our time. In Russian television the adverts can compose more than 30 % of a
film time or a chat show, but in Britain it contains about 10 %.
I think that soap operas in Britain
are more reality than in Russia. It treats controversial themes like teenage
pregnancy, run away children, drugs and race relations in a realistic way. The
scripts and direction of the serial move very fast and it is interesting to
compare it with Russian television.
Nearly all students in Britain watch
TV during the week and almost 1/3 of teenagers watch TV more than 7 hours on
weekends so do ours.