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Television and How it Affects Society

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´╗┐Tyler Lisby October 14, 2011 English 111 Television and How it Affects Our Society Introduction Television has been the most used entertainment system in modern society. Everyone seems to have at least one favorite show they like to watch. Having television gives all of us something in common to talk about. According to George Gerbner, author of ?Society?s Storyteller: How TV Creates the Myths by Which We Live,? ?television is the overall socializing process superimposed on all other processes.? (119) In this paper I will be writing about how television affects our society in positive and negative ways. Positive Aspects There are many positive aspects of TV such as; it requires more intelligence to follow along plots, which exercises the brain. Also many shows these days make you remember what happens on the previous show because they want you to come back and keep watching their show. Steven Johnson said in his article ?Watching TV Makes You Smarter? ?Beneath the violence and the ethnic stereotypes, another trend appears: to keep up with entertainment like 24, you have to pay attention, make inferences, track shifting social relationship. ...read more.


It also can give family members of all ages an opportunity to spend time together while watching it. Additionally it keeps us up to date with the current events, which is very important to know what is going on in our world. Negative Aspects From another perspective there are some negative aspects about television. For example, TV can be addicting, Robert Kubey and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi authors of ?Television Addiction Is No Mere Metaphor? said ?The addicts said they used TV to distract themselves from unpleasant thoughts and to fill time. Other studies over the years have shown that heavy viewers are less likely to participate in community activities and sports and are more likely to be obese than moderate viewers or nonviewers.? (128) This is a good point in why TV can be negative because if everyone is addicted to TV then all of the socialism in the world could be lost. Tyler Weaver, a student at Tarleton State University, said that he watches about three to four hours of television a day. ...read more.


This show is filled with bad influences; they drink all the time, party every night and have sex with random people. Mark Bauerlein, author of ?Their So-Called Lives? said ?If a teen movie such as Bring It On displays young girls behaving badly, teen viewers rank the moral lesson lower than the significance of full immersion precisely in the motives and desires of 17-year-old girls. They assume quite logically that they are supremely worthy of moral drama, and their dramatic status counts more than the moral judgment that follows.? (3) This is a good example of a negative aspect of television because when teenage girls watch shows like this they don?t really see the importance of the show, all they see is the dramatic problems of the other teenage girls. Conclusion In conclusion, television can be both a bad and a good thing. It can teach about good things or teach how to do bad things. We all just need to think about what we watch before we watch it. If little children start watching shows like ?Jersey Shore? then the world that we live in today could change in a bad way. ...read more.

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