Right now, as in the very moment you read this, I am sure that someone, somewhere out there across the greater landscapes that structure planet Earth, has a debate about what they like better: Television on the web. It’s a noteworthy query, actually. The main disparity between the 2 (as both are largely sedentary, involving staring at a screen for an extended period of time) is that internet browsing is an energetic (or rather, interactive) activity, whereas TV is mostly a passive one. Within the 1990’s, a bunch of self-appointed cultural watchdogs took it upon itself to fabricate many pseudoscientific reasons that TV, a passive, mostly entertaining activity loved by billions around the globe, was a wholly bad and damaging thing. The only ‘evidence’ even slightly believable they may provide you with was that repetitive exposure to open sex and violence at the young age can warp a child’s perception of the world (like we couldn’t have figured that out for ourselves) and that sitting too close to a display knackers your eyes. Naturally, if a close relative lets TV bring up their child, the child will develop becoming a moron, but if ever the parent has made this choice of their own volition; it stands to reason that the kid was genetically inclined to moronism in the first place. Within the mid 2000s, the very same band of watchdogs took it upon themselves to reveal just the level of harmful stuff there’s on the World wide web. Like we did not already know. Even going as much as to say that children’s active contribution in online gaming could warp a kid’s (already fragile from excessive Television, you understand) perception of our world. Now, while some of us set free an maddened cry of ‘What precisely can people do that’s both healthy and not boring enough to kill you right away!’ whilst wondering at what point parental accountability would turn out to be an element on this oh-so tedious ‘debate’, the Television and PC manufacturers did something extraordinary: they developed a Television that allow you to browse the Net. Someplace in the last decade roughly, the straightforward family telly became re-fashioned as the ‘entertainment centre’ that is a section of your front room devoted to leisure, where really the only chance of tension is inadvertently channel surfing over to the News bulletin during the adverts of Star Trek or finally getting the bill on the blasted thing. The Smart Television actually permits you to surf the net, in real time, like you’d do on your computer. It is possible to get applications, social network (that is a fancy way of saying ‘check your Facebook’), watch movies your friends have uploaded and catch the exclusive web-only shows which are putting Television writing, acting and directing in the reach of the common chap. Yes, your Television is now both active and passive. The choice is yours. That’s the thing about TV, and maybe the thing that our ethical guardians find so despicable, TV always gives you a choice, even if that choice to switch it off and go for a walk every once in a while. So, to return to our original scene, our one who can’t decide between the two, now does not need to, as he or she can do both, in the same place. Smart TV has developed the television into a powerful, all encompassing multimedia tool and, for the next 5 items in this series; I’ll be providing you with information about the practical applications and far-reaching usefulness of this latest home entertainment innovation. Stay tuned.