朗阁雅思培训名师给大家解析看书与看电视截然不同。Question: Some people spend more time reading books, while others prefer to watch TV. The former group is more likely to develop creative imaginations and have a much better grasp of language skills. Do you agree or disagree?
It is beyond any dispute that reading can better cultivate such inherent mental faculties as creative imaginations compared to watching TV. Book, by nature, is a one-dimensional form of information output and thus fails to provide a comprehensive picture of what the book intends to deliver to the readers, leaving much room on the readers’ side for free, unrestrained imagination and individual interpretation. Most readers will conjure up imaginary pictures in their heads based on their past experiences, often in a subconscious fashion. TV programs, on the other hand, provide viewers with multi-dimensional information, including sounds, pictures, and video clips. Since the whole picture is vividly presented to the readers, it leaves little or even no room for individual imagination. For instance, the literary masterpiece titled “Pride and Prejudice” picks countryside as the setting for the story. Readers of varying backgrounds and life experiences are likely to form vastly different pictures of what the countryside looks like-apparently, a modern Chinese village hardly resembles in any way to that in early Britain. However, for viewers of the movie adapted from this book, they are all looking at the same scenery of a village imagined by the director of the movie.
Reading can out of doubt boost people’s language skills in ways that is unrealistic for TV. It is useful to acknowledge the fact that linguistic expression is an essential criterion in gauging the quality of a book, but the same criterion is not equally applicable in assessing the quality of a TV program. Granted, the progression of the story and the deep, profound, underlying meaning intended to convey to the readers are the essence of a book, but the use of language is highly disciplined as well, to say the least, for the language used serves as a vehicle through which the complicated meaning of the story can be reached out to the inner world of the readers. By contrast, language in a movie barely draws the attention of the viewers. Ratings of a particular movie are largely based on how well the actors perform rather than how well they speak. Besides, even in the case of a movie adapted from a literary masterpiece, only a fraction of the original language in the book is retained, for most of the language in the original book is simply too difficult for TV viewers to comprehend, given the sheer information bombardment on a media such as TV. Books, on the other hand, give readers virtually unlimited flexibility in pacing their reading at a speed they are comfortable with, allowing them to process, digest, and eventually learn the difficult written language in the book.
However, it should be noted that people can be easily bored by the written texts in black-and-white on the print media. Despite the potential of book to stimulate readers’ creative imaginations and boost their language skills, readers may not be consistently interested and last until the end. However, the TV program is far more interesting. Besides, readers of diverse educational backgrounds may have different interpretations of the meaning of the book, some of which may be entirely wrong or misguided. It is inevitable that some undereducated readers may totally misunderstand the author’s intended meaning encapsulated in the book.
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