Does Watching Tv Make You Smarter or a Better Tv Watcher?

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Liu 1 Kenny Liu Professor Jenae Reese English 101 07/09/2013 Does watching TV make you smarter or a better TV watcher? Steven Johnson, an author and a columnist in New York Times, published an essay in New York Times called “Watching TV Makes You Smarter” in 2005. In the essay, he argued that watching TV could make the viewer smarter instead of being an idiot box. He made this statement because of “The Sleeper Curve”, which Johnson introduced this term in the essay. Because of Sleeper Curve, according to Johnson, TV viewers need to improve their skill to watch modern TV shows with multiple plot lines.(279) Johnson believes that “the Sleeper Curve is the single most important new force altering the mental development of young people today, and I believe it is largely a force for good: enhancing our cognitive faculties, not dumbing them down.”(279) In other words, Sleeper Curve is the main reason why it benefits the viewers. Johnson also stated that Sleeper Curves trained TV watchers, but the watchers also want a more challenging stories in the TV series. Thus, the ‘bad TVs’ also has to improve themselves so they can catch up.(289~291) I agree with Johnson’s claim of, Sleeper Curve makes the viewers improve so they Liu 2 can and will want to watch more TV shows. However, watching TV have more factors that make you more stupid than make you smarter. This skill ends up letting people watch more and more TVs, which already is a bad thing, and they become more stupid. First of all, TV shows’ content also is a great factor of being smart which Johnson never talks about. In “Watching TV Makes You Smarter” when he talked about the show 24, he ignored the content of the show like the torture scenes, and go straight to the Sleeper Curve.(278) He should talk about the scene because it is also an important factor of being smart or not. South Park is a TV show which

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