Essay on A TV Education

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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…show more content…
He explains that the reason for TV being good for you is because of the need to “pay attention, make inferences, and track shifting relationships” (215). Doing this is what he calls the “sleeper curve” (215). Johnson was also very clear and explained well all of the reasons that he thought makes watching TV good for you. He talks in depth about the particular shows that led him to draw his conclusions such as shows like 24, and The Sopranos. He also made his logic very clear and understandable by including graphs Comparing older shows to new shows. It made his argument clearer by giving you the ability to visualize his points. Johnson’s article compared to Stevens and Will’s articles was much clearer and to the point; While the other two seemed much more opinionated and had little or no evidence of what they were saying about TV. Will for the most part resorted to blatantly attacking the reality shows and its viewers by saying things such as: “Fear Factor is an imitation of an MTV program, Jackass, named, perhaps, for its target viewer” (293). He also goes so far as to call people that participate on reality TV shows “despicably greedy” (294) and “spectacularly stupid” (294). Wills tone seemed to be that of anger which made his argument seem much less valid in comparison to Johnson’s calm tone and obvious research to back up his argument. As he went on I started thinking that he was only focusing on shows that proved his point but he
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