by extramarks - Academics - February 22, 2019July 2, 2021 IS THE IDIOT BOX REALLY AN IDIOT? The idiot box, or television, is universally loathed by parents. And this hatred does not stop there. It is often showered upon the modern idiot boxes as well; ranging from mobiles and laptops to desktops and tabs. Parents don’t approve of the published content and the children can’t get enough of it. So, we are here to help you find a crossway between this love-hate relationship. Come, let’s change the meaning of the ‘Idiot Box’ to an ‘Insight Box’. Watch movies, plays, and shows… based on classical literature or history. Be it Hollywood or Bollywood, you will find countless adaptations on the works of William Shakespeare, Leo Tolstoy, Jane Austen, Margaret Atwood, Thomas Hardy, Charles Dickens, and the like. You can go back in time to look at a face that launched a thousand ships (Helen of Troy, Iliad) or watch 300 Spartans battle with a massive army of the Persian empire (The Battle of Thermopylae). And not just that, you can watch shows based on wars, revolutions, and civil rights movements that have shaped the nations as we know it. An Insight Box Tip: Don’t just stop at watching a show. Once you finish it, go online and research about it. Read research papers and critical views around the piece of work and its author for a holistic and enriching learning experience. Binge watch and download… podcasts and Ted Talks. An excellent storehouse of knowledge, you can have access to debates, discussions, and lectures directly from Harvard and Oxford. You can take inspiration from influential world leaders or enhance your skills from management gurus. In short, the idiot box defies national boundaries to help you collect valuable insights from all around the world. Stream unlimited content… ranging from International News to shows on National Geographic and BBC. Available online and offline both, such content is designed to keep you abreast with what’s happening around you. You can also get a better picture of the world that’s bound to make you an all-rounder. An Insight Box Tip: Don’t restrict any piece of news or information coming your way. Be it politics, economics, or ecology, no fact will go to waste. Who knows, you might be the one to stumble across a solution to pertinent world problems. To round up this stream of thought, we think the ‘Idiot Box’ is not an idiot after all. The content providers of the day also recognise the need and demand for consumption of intelligent and informative content. It is now only our choice if we feed our brains with nutritious edutainment or thoughtless dramas. We, at Extramarks, also believe in revolutionising the old methods of learning into fun and interactive modules to engage with students. And we don’t just stop there, we push our students to go beyond academics to become achievers so that they can indulge in some guilt-free edutainment.