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Do you think TV is educational? When it comes to learning new languages , I honestly think any program could be educational as there are my words and phrases to explore. If we talk about consuming a program in  our native language, the educational options are limited. I can only think of documentaries as being a good source of "dissemination of knowledge" , so to speak.   Saludos desde Perú.
Mar 22, 2019 1:31 AM
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I disagree. I think TV shows get a lot of unwarranted hate. If you show the same kind of hate to commercial books, people often think you’re a book snob. What does commercial fiction offer that commercial TV doesn’t? Perhaps books are considered better because you need to create the world in your head. But in terms of writing, I think TV shows have a higher standard, because each and every character has to be portrayed by a real person, so it quite literally has to come to life. Book editors don’t hire actors to play out the characters in a book. If you did that, you’d see how bad a lot of commercial fiction writing is. TV and movie adaptations are worn like a badge of honour, because TV shows and movies have a higher standard, and reaching it is a sign of success.

I think we tend to valorize the written word too much. We often think of books when we think of freedom of expression. We fight against book burning and look down on throwing books away. The written word is almost sacred. Because of this, it sometimes seems that a book is good by the mere fact that it exists as a book. Books don’t get the same kind of mass scrutiny that TV shows do. People don’t tend to defend TV with the same kind of fiery passion. Many would have absolutely no problem with burning their TVs. And many, in fact, do get rid of them.

Having a TV is like having access to a library. Some of it is good, some of it is bad, but its existence is a form of freedom of expression.

There’s a lot of quality content being made these days, in the age of streaming. TV shows are inherently character driven, and that makes them a great tool for telling personal stories and helping develop empathy. That’s why TV shows can’t be too preachy. They educate by starting a conversation.

Some of my favourite TV shows that I think have some kind of educational value:

- Atypical

- Orange Is The New Black

- One Day At a Time

- 13 Reasons Why

March 22, 2019

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(There is not anything on TV made by guys like me for guys like me. There are boks written by guys like me for guys like me. And even if this book has only one reader (me), the author is happy.)

What about Youtube? Did you try it? I think it is possible to find more diverse contents on Youtube compared to TV.

April 1, 2019
Some of the programs are educational but it highly depends upon how you perceive these programs and whether you may use the time to learn something useful in the program. Learning through programs watching is a matter of efficiency, which refers to how much time you must spend to achieve your goal.  
March 31, 2019
That’s how many folks learn English for instance when they come to the USA. Watch TV and listen to the radio,  I’ve tried to watch Spanish TV and they talk so fast it’s not easy. It just takes time to pick it up. 
March 22, 2019

Absolutely! The potential is definitely there. You learn so much more than language through tv. You learn mannerisms, culture, expressions and so much more that isn't typically found in a textbook. 

You get more out of it when you watch something that you enjoy or have a connection to. You're more likely to engage in active, rather than passive listening. 

March 22, 2019
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Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Quechua, Spanish
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Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese