At present, TV programs are replete with various kinds of commercials which contain a great deal of misleading information. I think the government has the responsibility to restrict these advertisements so that consumers can get true information about the products before they decide whether or not to buy them.
It is a sad yet hard fact that a considerably large number of advertisements on TV carry deliberately misleading information. In order to attract more customers, some of the advertisers tend to use ambiguous statements to exaggerate the features of their products. For example, one of the walkman manufacturers promises in its advertisement excellence in English listening comprehension within 30 days. When reading this advertisement, most people may take it for granted that with the help of this kind of machine they will be able to be at home in English listening comprehension with one month. But they are wrong or mislead by the message! 30 days here might be interpreted as the length of time that one should spend listening to English. In other words, by using this brand of walkman one is likely to improve his listening comprehension greatly if he keeps practicing 2 hours a day for one year. In fact, those who decide to buy the machine often make the purchase in the hope of becoming an expert in English within one month instead of one long year. In this case, people very often pay for a product which is not what it is claimed to be in the ad.
To improve the situation, the government should take measures to regulate the advertising industry. Manufacturers and advertisers should be required to discipline themselves and present a true picture of their products. Such a practice would not only protect ordinary people from deceit and harm, but would help make advertisements a beneficial source of information for the general public.
(1) With the development of modern society, governments are allocating more funds to building art galleries, theatres or supporting the life and work of artists. Some people disapprove the governments’ decisions and insist that the money should be spent on public services to improve people’s living standard in a more direct way. In my view, however, although funding public services is essential to social development, art is also an indispensable part of the society that should be valued.
(2) It is true that establishing public services is the top priority of the government. It provides for basic human needs and guarantees the stability of the society. In China, people have been relying on public services since the day of birth. They receive education in schools founded and supported by the government. When they are sick, the government helps paying for the medical care. Besides, everybody enjoys the public facilities like highways, parks, libraries and so forth which all come from government investments.