It seems to me that throughout the years TV has become more popular, and most people have at least one TV in their house. Comparing Fahrenheit 451 to our world exposed how close we are to becoming like them. With the government controlling us, ad our addiction to TV; we have to battle against ourselves to prevent becoming like the world of 451. We do have our differences to 451, because we do not burn books. I find it I retesting that Bradbury wrote this book in 1953 and does an excellent job at predicting what todays society would be like.
Today’s movie such as Twilight and Lord of the Rings brings both parents and children into current movie series that both parent and child can enjoy first hand together. The impact these types of movie and television series as well as sporting events has had on our society is numerous. From events such as Comic Con where parents and children get into the cult followings of their favorite television and movies to events such as tailgating at sporting events and RV Outings at NASCAR races, television and movies allow us to share across the miles even when our children move out and away. I believe for the most part the influences of television and movies have had on society as a whole is a positive one. It has brought multiple generations together to share common interests, whether it be sports, science fiction, Anime, Zombies, etc.
Ehrenreich asserts that viewers rarely see characters on television watching television, on account that such a sequence would be boring, and TV only features interesting and exciting content. Her assertion is meant to show viewers they would be unwilling to watch what they do on television, so, logically-speaking, their lives are boring. I know this claim to be true because in my countless hours of watching television, I’ve never encountered characters watching TV for any extended amount of time. When it so rarely occurs that one of the characters on the show that I’m watching is just watching TV, my attention goes to something different. I have noticed when I visit friends and their families are gathered around the TV set, the experience is quite boring until I join them on the couch.
Coontz believes it is not a good decade for people to remember there was change in values that caused racism, sexism, and discrimination against women. Viewers today would not turn to sitcoms to compare their lives to the sitcoms. For example, the viewers do not want to be a teenage single father living at home with parents with no education as in the show “Raising Hope.” People watch sitcoms now for entertainment. In the 1950s sitcoms the mother stayed at home to look after the children and the father was the one off to work to financially support the family. As shown in sitcoms, “gender roles became much more predictable, orderly and settled in the 1950s” (Coontz 31).
There is so much information being fed to us through our television. That sometimes it is too fast to notice the impact that it has on us and our culture. Watching television can become addicting for some people and that can result in poor social skills. Television also has a big influence on our youth today because many parents are unaware of they are watching on our television sets. The social influences of visual entertainment are mostly equal to me.
The show took the opposite an effect and babies bloomed left and right. Many people I went to high school have children; some wanted to get on the show for money. I believe that the social influences of the visual entertainment media can be positive but it depends on how the person views or reacts to movies and television shows. Honestly, I truly think some people can learn a lot from visual media because if they just moved to America or whatever, they can watch movies and television to get an idea of how things are or even learn the English language. That is just one example, there are plenty more.
Throughout the many years of entertainment media, things have changed for the positive. I believe that with all of the changes, there has been mostly positive outcome from the media, but there has been some negative aspects as well. The television and radio helped to create our culture by having an impact on the way books, newspapers and magazines are designed and created. The television is one of the biggest influences on American families today. Children spend more time watching television and playing video games, therefore, spending less time interacting with others, which results in poor social and communication skills.
There are some people who are more immune to sitting home watching television versus taking a walk outside or reading a book. For families some families enjoy watching a movie together or going to a movie theater verses playing a family game or cooking a meal together. Vision entertainment has become a part of our everyday lives which to us seems like they are supposed to be there. Some family shows such as The Cosby Show, Family Matters, Braxton Family Values, Roseanne, and more shows values of modern families, rich families, and regular families, they send out messages that lets viewers know that every family has flaws but despite those flaws family still matters, family should be there at the end of the day, and family sticks together and comes first. Both negative and positive social influences have had visual entertainment.
A large number of these young people are easily influenced. As soon as a new fad or way of speaking is shown to look cool on television, these young people and sometimes even older people try to copy these trends. When the show “Jersey Shore” televised in 2009, it contained fighting, humor, relationships, and excessive drinking. This show has been popular with a large number of today’s college students. Even though the show only aired once a week, it portrayed a bad image that parents did not want their children to be idolizing.
AN 310.1.1 Cultural Anthropology LESSON 5: Technology and the Family; Gender and Sexuality “How Technology Changed Family Life” As the Years have passed technological advances have made an impact on everyone, from children to the elderly, technology seems to have taken over the valued family dinners to more independent and less family quality time. Many may argue that it has kept communication very high and the importance it is to have a cellular phone, but the effect that technology has on families has greatly increased. Technology has improved our way of living, but families have also realized the negative effect as well. According to English- Lueck, it seems that although the boundaries between work and home has been dissolved and re-established by telecommuting many adults find themselves bringing work and worries home, interfering with family life. It has become very convenient for families to set up an office in their homes, in some instances parents have had to schedule a “mommy is working now” time or complete work after post bed time (English-Lueck 1998).