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Television has had a significant influence on the culture of many societies. To what extent would you say that television has positively or negatively affected the cultural development of your society?

It is unarguable that television has had a considerable impact and changed the world in which we live. However, there is debate whether that change has been for the better or the worse, when we consider cultural development. While there are certainly strong feelings on both sides of the argument in western Europe, my own view is that television has had a largely positive influence on our society.

There are, however, several reasons why it can be argued that television has a negative effect on cultural development. Perhaps the principle argument is the lowbrow nature of many programmes, particularly sitcoms and soap operas. People who watch these programmes do not learn anything, they are simply entertained. The other major argument is that because people watch so much television, they no longer take part in more traditional forms of cultural entertainment. An example here is how traditional dancing and music is becoming much less popular because people are staying at home to watch the television.

On the other hand, there are a variety of ways in which cultural development has been assisted by television. Here the major argument is that television has allowed the whole of society access to cultural entertainment. For example, in the nineteenth century only a small proportion of people could go to the ballet or the theatre. However, it is now possible for everyone to enjoy these on television. A second positive effect is that on television we can learn more about other cultures and societies because there are so many interesting documentaries about other countries.

My personal conclusion is that television is a largely positive influence. However, it is important that we do not watch it too much and that we watch the right sort of programme. If we watch the wrong sort of programme and watch too much television, we may become couch potatoes.

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7 Responses to IELTS television essay

  1. Edu December 12, 2009 at 3:53 pm #

    This essay came out on IELTS GENERAL TRAINING TEST exam on 12/12/2009. The moment i saw the question i was so happy.
    My appreciation goes to you DOMINIC COLE. i am stuck for a word – it draws the eyes of every reasonable observer that you are a genius.
    Please put more grease to your elbow.

    Edu

  2. gazel January 14, 2010 at 3:29 am #

    Hello Dominic, Thanks for all of you effective shares.
    Is the any way that we have you comments on our essays or is there any program to check those carefully that u know?
    I m learning on my own and it s difficult to find the problems that i m used to it or I m doing for the first time. I am gonna to sit for the IELTS in 6th Feb ๐Ÿ™

    • Dominic Cole January 14, 2010 at 7:54 am #

      This is a difficult one. I’d really like to help in this way but I simply don’t have time as yet. For now I am concentrating on getting the structure of the site right and I am afraid I would get too many essays to look at. if I do it, I want to do it properly.

      However, if you do send me a message as a blog comment, I’ll at least give you an answer and help as much as I can.

  3. RogerHo in Taiwan August 17, 2011 at 1:59 am #

    Hello Dominic, I admire what you have done in this site. However, there might be an improvement in writing supporting sentences. I teach IELTS in Taiwan but I am a private totur without remarkable brand recognition. Despite this, I have been devoted to “researching” everything about IELTS (Academic Module) for more than four years. In my country, few teachers in language centers teach how to demonstrate the “academic style”. Instead, they teach learners search for keywords and guess answers without reading carefully. When I finished reading the essay about “academic caution”, I felt surprised because what you had wrote was one of my research topics. Now, I would like to share my research results with you to “prove” (or discuss) a better approach to achievinig “coherence & cohesion” in IELTS Task 2 essays. Would you mind spending some time talking about this via email?

  4. kiran November 18, 2011 at 4:12 am #

    hey dominic you are doing a great job through this website.
    There is a question I would like to ask, in questions like these (proposal type) are we supposed to support one view compulsorily and debate in its favour throughout the essay or we need to write the ads and disads as in the argument type and then express our opinion?

  5. Laura October 31, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

    Thank you for this example! It helped me immensely to understand how to make sure I address ” to what extent” in my own essays ๐Ÿ™‚

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