(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.
Not only is he growing up, but he is trying to save the innocence from reaching the maturity. I did not think I was this kind of person until I learned that I did not like seeing my friends transforming into new, but older people. I can definitely call myself similar to Holden, although I do not ostracize myself from other people, we both try to hold on to our innocence and others’ innocence. This essay motivated me to save people from going into the bad side, because after all high school can determine lives. Theme Analysis This year, English II class explored many themes through books and movies.
Aldous Huxley was either a psychic or God because whatever he wrote in the novel, is actually happening in today’s society. Even if he was imagining these things, he had a commendable imagination. Today, imagination and creativity are diminishing because people are too busy in catching up with television shows, shopping during sales etc. After reading Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and learning about the World State, I have started to notice some of the themes in my own surroundings. West Hill Collegiate shares a lot of similarities with the World State.
It survives by giving the people what they want: or does it? Is it that television reflects society or society looks to television to tell it what is “normal”? In order to understand the changing dynamics, it is important to see what has happened to our society since the 1950’s. When the first families graced our television sets it was in the form of good wholesome entertainment like Ozzie and Harriet. Ozzie and Harriet Nelson started off as a radio show in the 1930’s, “a medium to which bandleader Ozzie Nelson and his singer/actress wife Harriet Hilliard had gravitated in the late 1930s, hoping to spend more time together than their conflicting careers would permit”(MBC).
As the decades progressed, the nuclear families turned into blended families, and the television shows started to have colored characters. The families also started to have social problems and real life situations. In 2008 a television show entitled Modern Family revolutionized how families are portrayed on the television. The show focuses on same sex marriage, blended families, with social and political issues. In the 1950s, people acted traditionally and old-fashioned.
The central claim of Steven Johnson’s article would be that watching TV makes you smarter. Steven Johnson states, “…the culture is getting more cognitively demanding, not less.” The author is trying to point out that to follow today’s television shows are a lot more complicated than shows back in the day. “24” as an example, before watching any random episode you would need to know the characters, make social connections between characters, and so on and so forth. Steven Johnson hopes that the readers will feel smarter for watching TV after reading his article. For
There was only a simple law, and that was to not read books as well as think, making “the mind drink less and less.” This doesn’t seem much of a sacrifice because society was filled with far more excitement than literature could offer. Meanwhile, new technology helped people do everyday chores and made life simpler, leaving more time for fun. Like Beatty said, “Life is immediate, the job counts, and pleasure lies all about after work.” Entertainment ruled their society. The parlor walls seem like a god compared to our TVs. The seashell radios are convenience at its best.
As the technology era advances, people are gravitating closer to a television where as reading a newspaper is considered an interest from the past. The television audience is failing to realize the main point of T.V., including news programs, is to keep people watching so that sponsors and others can make more money through ratings and increased interest in products. In “How to Watch T.V. News”, Neil Postman and Steve Powers state “Anyone who relies exclusively on television for his or her knowledge of the world is making a serious mistake” (x), This statement is true, for television news is not solely reporting what actually occurs. Rather it is reporting what T.V.
In today’s society it is almost impossible to escape the different technological advances we are faced with day to day. Throughout the last decade technology has gone through a lot of progression. We went from books and broadcasts such as newspapers, magazines, radio broadcasting and CDs; to the different kinds of smart phones, tablets, computers, and televisions that we have easy access to. Technology has changed the ways in which we are able to communicate amongst each other, gain access to information, goods and services. In Craig Watkins, Fast Entertainment and Multitasking in an Always-On World, he likes to call this “fast-entertainment- this ever-widening menu of media content that we can consume easily and on the go” (142).
Gus Bolen Edgar Temam Writing 121 October 31, 2011 T.V: A Crisis for Our Youth Television is a powerful medium for appealing to mass audiences- it reaches people regardless of age, sex, income, or educational level. In addition, television offers sight and sound, and it makes dramatic and lifelike representations of people and products. Focused TV coverage of advertisements has been largely limited to fast food and other things to entice the younger audience into watching their show. However, too much T.V. for our younger generation is bad for their learning habits because it distracts children from homework for school.