Just how much does television shape our perception of the world around us?

Don DeLillo's novel White Noise offers one view concerning the impact television has on our lives. The television in this book is portrayed almost as a character. It often contributes to conversations as any normal character would, although what it has to say seldom blends in with the dialogue of the other characters.

While the television does not hold such a position in most households, it is still utilized a great deal to gather information. For many people, the nightly news is their only link to the happenings throughout the world. Once this occurs, television begins to shape our perception of the world.

While we cannot truly control television, the possibility does exist for television to control us.

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