Maturitní otázka č. 23.

Means of communication

Introduction

A few centuries ago people knew only a few kinds of communication. They could speak to each other, they could send their message from one place to another by smoke signals, they used mail. Later on, they also had some newspapers. The first expansion of media was when the radio and television were invented. The second and the biggest boom started in 1960s when the first communication satellite was launched into orbit.

There are 4 main media: Newspapers, TV, Radio and the Internet. Today’s people take this as an ordinary thing and we don’t realise that we nearly can’t live without it. Media are very important for us. They give us big amount of information, so big that we can’t remember all that things. They help us to understand things and if you have lots of information you are able to make your own decisions. This is connected with education and media are very good teachers. They highly influence us. They can help other people – making charities... News aren’t always true, they are not objective or says just half true.

Our world is very huge and sending a message from America to Asia a hundred years ago was nearly impossible or it took a lot of time. Nowadays you can send the message in a few seconds and it is very simple. The media makes the world much smaller – particularly the TV and the Internet. When you turn on the TV or a computer you can see whole world like it would be in the next village. You can learn the culture and habits of other nationalities, you can see what they are doing right now. The world is also called ‘the global community village’.

There are not only good things about media. Firstly there are always some information that are not true. We have to be careful about it but when you listen to media for a long time you can find some companies which are nearly always true. Secondly there is a danger of being influenced in the bad way (lot of pornography on the Internet, lot of action films in TV. Thirdly – if you are a famous person the media very often take very big piece of your privacy.

 

Newspapers

Newspapers are the oldest kind of communication but we can say that they are today quite old-fashioned. They are not flexible because when something happens you can’t read about it until the next day. You can read some newspapers on the Internet too. Newspapers still have their own magic. People are weary of looking in a box and it is very nice to buy newspapers, have a cup of coffee and a breakfast in the garden. Nobody is disturbing you. Everything is calm. It’s like magic.

3 main kinds of newspaper:

-          Broad sheets (a quality newspaper)

-          very big pages, hardly any colour pages, not too much photos, more difficult language, it focuses on some topic – more details and facts, longer articles, more tidy-looking, nearly about everything (policy, culture, money...)

-          people who read it are businessmen, people with higher education, people who don’t like blabs (kecy)

-          The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, MF, Lidové noviny, Svoboda

-          Tabloids

-          smaller pages, dramatic headlines, lots of colour pages, plenty of photos, short articles, human interests stories and sensations, simple language, many blabs

-          they more popular than broad sheets, in GB the circulation is about 3 mil per day, it is read by all society ranks

-          The Sun, The Mirror, Blesk, Hrom (both are shits)

-          Special interests magazines

-          they are issued weekly or monthly, they intent on special things (gardening, computers, food...)

-          they are much more expensive than daily newspapers but they are printed in better paper, you should be more educated in a special things to understand it

 

Radio

Radio is the second oldest kind of media. Although we nowadays have TV radio is still very popular. It has lots of advantages:

-          you can take it nearly where you want (very popular in a car)

-          because it is mostly used for listening to music it is very good for relaxing – just to lie down and listen to it (watching TV became tiring)

-          it is very often used for a background sound; it can notify about events quicker than a TV

-          at present the radio is very well developed so if you have a good receiver you are able to choose which kind of programs you like to listen to (PTY)

-          you can also notify people about traffic jams and other events but not is spoken way but in words (RDS)

There are also some disadvantages to a TV – you can’t see the ‘moving pictures’

 

Kinds of programs: current affairs (news), discussions, music – all kinds, culture, weather forecast, sport events and matches, breakfast radio...

 

At present you can choose from lots of channels, some of them are state (which you can listen to everywhere in the state: ČRo1) but most of them are private (they have many advertisements: Orion, Hellax, Radio City...).

 

Broadcasting in GB

The world famous British radio station is the BBC because they have their BBC World Service, which broadcast in 37 languages.

-          the seat of the BBC is in London

-          the total number of program hours is 800; one week audience of an English programs is about 25 mil people, the total week audience (with other 36 languages) is about 120 mill people

-          there work about 120 journalists

-          at the listening centre they listen to other 35 languages and many programs – they want to find out some new news

 

TV

TV is maybe the most widespread media in cultivated countries. It is a media with the biggest strengths – it can influence us very much because of its ‘moving pictures’. With coming of communication satellites you can choose from variety programs (news, children’s programs, programs with lots of films...). They use lots of advertisements because they want to earn money (if the channel is more popular they earn more money). Some people say that it is needless to have so much adverts but I think that it is good because you can choose which product is the best for you. but it’s true that they sometimes lie and many of them are absolutely stupid.

 

Kinds of programs: children’s, current affairs, discussion, pop music, gardening, arts, natural, history, film review, customer affairs, language-learning, human interest, fashion, light entertainment, variety; documentaries, the news (is), soap operas, quiz shows, game shows, breakfast TV, costume dramas, the National Lottery draw, film, action series, weather forecast, sci-fi series...

 

Broadcasting in BG and CZ

GB – 5 channels: BBC 1, BBC 2 (these two don’t have adverts), ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, + satellite programs

CZ – ČT 1, ČT 2, Nova, Prima, + satellite programs

 

The Internet

Very huge, world-wide, very fast, lots of information – more than in TV, it costs a lot of money to have Internet today because you have to pay the provider (he has the entrance to Internet) and you have to pay the telephone if you use modem, hard link costs at least 10 000 crowns a month... But you can find there everything if you know how to find it.

 

What I prefer

I don’t read newspaper very oftn because I have no time and I’m not able to take it as relaxation. I read it only if anything very important happens or if I found there anything what I am really interested in. I listen to the radio quite often desplite the music they are playing there, I can find a lot of information there because there are news every hour. I hate the big amount of adverts. I watch TV quite often some people say that it’s tiring but I use it as relaxation. I lie and sometime I sleep. I love sitcoms but I hate soap operas because I find it very boring and about nothing, they are often same. I like good comedies with crazy or black humour and I can’t stand romantic films and action films although I used to love them when I was smaller. I thing the internet is the best way of communication. there are most information there and you can also watch TV through Internet or listen to radio and you can read newspaper or magazines too. But as I said it’s very expensive so I don’t have it at home but I am going to have it when I am older, if people won’t invent anything better.

 


it has a big audience              má hodně posluchačů

it has a lot of listeners

channel                                    stanice

program                                    pořad

costume drama                        historické drama

wheel of fortune                     kolo štěstí

soap operas                             nekonečné seriály

consumer affairs                     „občanské džudo“

subscribe to                            předplatit

take a mornig paper                odebírat ranní noviny

telly adict                                 závislý na televizi