Adieu, Cinema! (A)
In 1957, as many as 900,000,000 people went to the cinema,
whereas the number of TV viewers was 400,000,000. Three years later, 500,000,000 cinema-goers vs 500,000,000 TV viewers the
same. In 1963, the cinema fell, compared with TV. In 1974, only 70,000,000 went to the cinema, but as many as 800,000,000
Although the cinema has its own
unreplacable merits, the television can do most of the things the cinema does, and more importantly, people can stay at home
with their famfiy, watching what belongs to both TV and the cinema. In rainy days no one will think of the cinema except for
some special reasons.
People like TV better for
another reason. They can choose anything they like, just by switching from one channel to another. But in the cinema, you
have no choice, if you don't want to come again for something different.
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Adieu, Cinema! (B)
The cinema used to be the most popular recreation in the
first half of the 20th century, till 1957, when the television began to show films and plays. If people didn't have to go out
to see films or plays, why didn't they stay at home? That's why the cinema declined rapidly as TV became more popular. In
1957, as many as 900,000,000 people went to the cinema, while there were only 400,000,000 people who watched TV. Three years
later, only 500,000,000 liked the cinema, while 500,000,000 people watched TV. In 1963, about 300,000,000 cinema-goers to
650,000,000 TV viewers. In the next six years the number of cinemagoers dropped further, while the number of TV viewers
continued to rise. In 1974, only 70,000,000 went to the cinema. As many as 800,000,000 people switched to TV.
Nothing can hope to enjoy eternal popularity. Not the
cinema. Not TV. Now, in the last years of the 20th century people liked the computer. Nearly everything is available on the
Internet, including all for TV. What will happen to the computer, say, in the 2050s, no one knows. Will TV lose out to
computer, I wonder?
别了，电影！ （A）在1957年，多达9.00亿人到戏院看戏，而电视观众人数为4.0亿。 3年后，5.0亿电影观众
队500,000,000电视观众一样。 1963年，电影下跌，而电视。 1974年，只有70,000,000到戏院看戏，但多达8.0亿peoplewatched电视。虽然电