Professors are normally found in university classrooms, offices, and libraries doing research and lecturing to their students. More and more, however, they also appear as guests on television news programs, giving expert commentary on the latest events in the world. These television appearances are of great benefit to the professors themselves as well as to their universities and the general public. Professors benefit from appearing on television because by doing so they acquire reputations as authorities in their academic fields among a much wider audience than they have on campus. If a professor publishes views in an academic journal, only other scholars will learn about and appreciate those views. But when a professor appears on TV, thousands of people outside the narrow academic community become aware of the professor’s ideas. So when professors share their ideas with a television audience, the professors’ importance as scholars is enhanced. Universities also benefit from such appearances. The universities receive positive publicity when their professors appear on TV. When people see a knowledgeable faculty member of a university on television, they think more highly of that university. That then leads to an improved reputation for the university. And that improved reputation in turn leads to more donations for the university and more applications from potential students. Finally, the public gains from professors’ appearing on television. Most television viewers normally have no contact with university professors. When professors appear on television, viewers have a chance to learn from experts and to be exposed to views they might otherwise never hear about. Television is generally a medium for commentary that tends to be superficial, not deep or thoughtful. From professors on television, by contrast, viewers get a taste of real expertise and insight.
The article states that television appearance are of great benefit to the professors themselves as well as to their universities and the general public and provides three reasons of support. However, the professor explains that neither the professor nor the university and public gain any benefit by such appearances in TV and refutes each of the authors reasons.
First, the reading claims that professors acquire reputations in their academic fields by appearing on television. The professor refutes this point by saying that professors that appear on TV are generally not serious but rather entertainers. She states that, these professors have a disadvantage that they are not been invited in conferences and academic research programs. Also they do not receive any funds for doing research.
Second, the article posits that Universities benefit from such appearances. However, the professor says that universities never benefit by such appearances. According to the professor, TV appearances will take lot of time of the professor by preparing what to present, traveling and even has to look good. She says that the time wasted in these activities can be used for educating students and doing research.
Third, the reading says that the public gains from professors' TV appearance. The professor opposes this point by explaining that the television networks do not want academic lectures. We also learn that these networks only need the titles not the substance. They want the professor to give a background of a subject or material related in any movie based on the literature.
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The article states that television appearance are of great benefit
The article states that the television appearance is of great benefit
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