Nathan Hoffman persuasive essay Mrs. Hultburg 1/16/12 Overreacting a bit, aren’t we? “I believe that the government that governs best is a government that governs least, and by these standards we have set up a fabulous government in Iraq.” (Colbert) Stephen Colbert, Comedy central funny man, has always known how to put a smile on my face and the face of many other American people, no matter what your political stances he has a joke that will make you laugh hysterically and at times even say to yourself “did he just say that?” In an article on cnn.com first published on Saturday January 14th 2012 by Dean Obeidallah, Colbert is bashed for being a right wing extremist and Obeidallah continues to go on and say that Colbert’s run for presidency
For example according to the paper in the 1950s 53 percent of Americans in their 20s read newspaper coverage of national politics, while today only about 30 percent watch any kind of news coverage and 24 percent don’t even care to watch at all. This shows that the argument of a decaying news audience is well supported by studies and statistics. Another big source of information for this essay is Nielsen/ NetRatings. Nielsen is a company that mainly focuses on providing companies such as NBC, CBS, and ABC numbers on many things including the number of viewers at a determined hour, peak times, primetime information and results on new shows. Although there are problems with Nielsen methods, for example they only survey people by phone calls and do not
Many will wince and wrinkle their noses at this film's sheer, uncompromising immaturity. Perhaps they prefer their satire more middlebrow, more responsible, like that Manchurian Candidate remake. But Team America: World Police is criminally, deplorably funny. The giggling starts at the spectacular opening scene when TAWP take down a bevy of terrorists in Paris - though at the unfortunate expense of destroying the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre - and things more or less continue from there. The explicit puppet sex scene between Gary and Lady Penelope-lookalike Lisa is incredible, in every sense.
This led to him and his crew (including Eleanor) to go back to his talk show. Critique of the movie: This movie was (in my opinion) horrible. How in the world is a man from the likes of Steven Colbert, or John Stuart going to be taken seriously in politics? Nonetheless, the small things are what made this movie crumble in my eyes. For example, in the scene when Eleanor terribly dresses up as a F.B.I.
One of Vonnegut's best techniques in his stories is using the future as a setting to demonstrate where our world is heading. Welcome to the Monkey House, Vonnegut's popular collection of short stories, contains two such stories. They warn of the dangers of a government with too much power and show how these powers can corrupt good men. The title story of Welcome to the Monkey House is set in a futuristic America with vast overpopulation. In an effort to solve the population problem, the government required that every citizen take pills that made them numb from the waist down, taking all pleasure out of sex.
In my opinion “All in the family” was a great 1970’s sitcom. I really enjoy the reality of politics, sexuality and they way Americans’ view each other in the sitcom. I find the show to be brilliant and hilarious and most Americans’ don’t get Archie Bunker’s point of view on life and that’s why I think that the contrasts would outweigh the comparisons if this show were to air today. Some of the television’s jokes would still hold up today. When Archie picks on his wife and calls her names, it compares to the sitcom “Everybody loves Raymond”.
The characters of Seinfeld have such great chemistry that we love to watch them, and feel like a part of it. A major flaw with many sitcoms is when the non-main characters get their own plot lines and viewers must endure them while waiting to get to the real meat of the show. Each of the characters of Seinfeld has an equal and valuable role and because of this, none of the sub-plots ever seem boring. The sitcom is rated PG, with mild sexual references, and infrequent course language, therefore would be suitable for viewing between 7.00 pm and 9.00 pm to audiences consisting of young to middle age adults as they are closest to the age of the characters, hence would relate more with the situations and issues
Neil Postman believes our society is closer to Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World than George Orwell’s 1984 because of our society’s addiction to television. Huxley feared that no one would want to read books and that people would become passive and egotistical. He dreaded the day that the truth would carry little power and pleasure and love would control the public. Huxley’s worries become terrifying realities when one observes how much television has overtaken the American people’s lives. Ridiculous television statistics, youth corruption, and the need for “TV Turnoff Week” prove that television is an evil.
Society tells the people that television is destructive; excessive watching of a screen destroys brain cells and may even shorten lives. However, there has been scientific evidence that shows watching TV is actually beneficial for and can maybe even increase the viewer’s intellectual capacities. Two authors, Carolyn Ziel and Steven Johnson, explore this idea in their essays, “Why Watching