4) The article points out that “TV budgeting devices are not widely available” but is gaining popularity. (Munson and Smith, par. 5) Increasing family activities will directly lead to your child watching less TV. Inventing family rituals that are applicable to your home environment will increase family unity. Establishing a dinner time routine will have multiple payoffs... ... middle of paper ... ... Smarter TV Viewing” author Brain Stonehill claims “the quality of our viewing – and thus, in a media saturated world, the quality of our lives – depends on the care we take in making our choices of what to watch and what to turn off”.
I personally, think The Sopranos was in fact, the best television show in the history of television. I clearly saw all the intertwining plot lines, the moral predicaments, the questions of faith, the clear view of the new age gone wrong; but this in no way helped me figure out how to balance all my bills and spending money, well unless I wanted to take a bat to somebody’s knee caps. Dana Stevens implies in her article that Johnson’s depiction of smart television is that of past television shows, probably groundbreaking at the time of their release. She also puts it, so bluntly, that his eagerness to prove that ... ... middle of paper ... ...ent, eyes wide in amazement. When there’s an action commercial on, he also watches, eyes wide in amazement.
That’s why if my mother and I had known at an earlier time the intellectual benefits of television, we would have had a positive approach about watching television. Accordingly that is why society cannot u... ... middle of paper ... ...ss, because intellectual benefits exist to watching television. The television viewer has to constantly think, respond, and answer questions that arise during the show. On the other hand for the most part this generation of the elderly, the religious, and of course our parents have always frowned upon anyone watching television. Since television makes viewers smarter, instead of being afraid of television this generation of television viewers need to embrace the benefits that come from watching television.
Television is major component of American culture. A household without one is a rarity. Even those who forgo owning a television often keep up with shows on websites such as Hulu. For over fifty years, they have been watched by people looking to escape their own lives and watch and enjoy the lives of others in the television. However, television has a bad reputation for turning brains to mush and dumbing down its content for the lowest common denominator.
“They are not merely private vices; they have public consequences in driving the culture’s downward spiral” (Will, 295). Whether you watch bad programming in the comfort of your own home or in the middle of a crowded public area they still have the same effect on you and the society. Works Cited Text book- THEY SAY I SAY: Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein, Russel Durst Articles- WATCHING TV MAKES YOU SMARTER: Steven Johnson Pages: 213-230 THINKING OUTSIDE THE IDIOT BOX: Dana Stevens Pages: 231-235 REALITY TELEVISION: OXYMORON: George F. Will Pages: 193-296
Watching television makes you Smarter… When it comes to the topic of television, most of us would readily agree that watching television is a waste of time. Where the agreement usually ends, however, is on the question of “are there shows that increase our intelligence?” and what pleasure do some television show bring to us? I would say there are some great shows that increase our intelligence. Shows like “Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?” this kind of show puts the brain to work; thinking. There are some other shows that tend to convince us that watching television seduces our mind.
Television has attracted young and old viewers since “broadcasting began in 1940’s”. Throughout years studies have been made on what is probable to happen from watching TV. Recent studies have clearly proven that television doesn’t only have an effect on people as individuals but also as a whole. Television is known to have negative as well as positive effects on various parts of the world. Researchers traveled throughout many countries and found that in some cases watching TV has been healthy but in others it caused controversy.
Television: The Addicting Time Waster of the Modern Age Have you ever wondered if you watch television that it might be harmful to you? Do you think that you might be addicted to your television to the television? Do you feel drained of energy after you get done watching a show or two? In our modern age, every person at least owns a television set some kind and has watched television shows or movies to pass the time. Robert Kubey and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi describe television in their article, “Television Addiction is No Mere Metaphor”, as a form of a drug that can leave the body quickly.
A TV Education “For decades, we’ve worked under the assumption that mass culture follows a path declining steadily toward lowest common-denominator standards, presumably because the “masses” want dumb” (Johnson 214).But do the masses actually want to get the opposite out of their TV programming? Steven Johnson author of Mind Wide Open: Your brain and the neuroscience of everyday life and five other books thinks that they do and has done much research to try and prove that watching TV may actually be stimulating and that audiences may be demanding smarter TV and Johnson says they are getting it. Because of multiple threading, attention, and patience, newer TV shows are placing on audiences cognitively; Johnson thinks TV may actually make you smarter. In Steven Johnson’s article he is arguing that TV actually makes you smarter rather than the common thought that “culture follows a path declining steadily towards lowest common-denominator standards”(214). He compares many shows to back up his argument and even has graphs illustrating his point that shows are becoming more complex.
People can predict what is going to happen or just to focus on the conflict of the two characters in the show. In the article, “Watching TV Makes You Smarter” by Steven Johnson, he points out that watching television is good for you. He points out several points how television can help you like it exercise your brain to figure out what is going on with the episode. It shows that watching television can be useful like Steven Johnson says, “You have to focus to follow the plot, and in focusing you’re exercising the parts of your brain that map social networks, that fill in missing information, that connect multiple narrative threads.”(Johnson 292). Steven Johnson states that watching television episodes exercises your brain in serval ways in trying to remember the characters and trying to remember what happened in the last couple of episode.