Bill Nye is a scientist. His full name is William Stanford Nye. He was born on November 27, 1955. He is currently 62 years old. His parents are Jacqueline Jenkins-Nye and Edwin Darby Nye. He was on a TV show called, Bill Nye The Science Guy. Bill Nye The Science Guy was on from 1993-1998. He is also on a show called, Bill Nye Saves The World. Bill Nye Saves The World is a Netflix show, and it is on from 2017-present.
The values of entertainment have been a popular discussion for a long time. Some claim that it is wholesome and fun, while others believe entertainment will “involve our country in ruin”. I believe that, although it can be detrimental as a form of escapism, entertainment is mostly a benefit to society, thanks to its educational and economic facets.
What do you think of when you hear the word entertainment? Do you ever wonder why it’s the way it is? Have you wondered what forces, ideas, and people have molded and shaped it over time? How does entertainment affect culture and a society? These are questions that might have many different answers of varying explanations and magnitudes. For centuries, people have looked to a multitude of different things to do as a way to escape their normal lives and to have fun. So then came various forms of entertainment. Although it may not seem so at first glance, taking a more critical look at the similarities that our society shares with the Brave New World’s society may yield some shocking discoveries.
“If the Earth gets hit by an asteroid, it's game over. It's Control-Alt-Delete for civilization.”-Bill Nye. This is only one of the problems that former engineer Bill Nye has tried to solve. “Bill Nye the Science Guy” is a phrase you probably hear a lot thanks to his super catchy theme song, but don't just give him credit for that. He is also a modern day Renaissance man! His show however is only one of his many talents.
In early February of this year there was a much publicized debate between Bill Nye of early 90’s “Bill Nye the Science Guy” television fame and the CEO of Answers in Genesis, Ken Ham. The topic of debate was whether or not a creationists model of origins is viable given the modern scientific era. This topic was one of great interest to many people as evidenced by the nearly eight hundred thousand individuals who viewed the debate online by way of an internet live stream, not to mention the fact that the video of the debate has been viewed on YouTube over three and a half million times. Its exposure alone makes it of great interest and should cause our ears to perk up. The content of this debate has been widely accessed and like it or not, many people were influenced by either of these two men, if not both. Given the influence of the celebrity status of Mr. Nye among the secular community and the widely popular evangelical Mr. Ham, both the church and the secular community were tuning in for this debate. So depending on the results and the methodology used, this could have either been very beneficial for the church or very detrimental, which is all the more reason for us to be paying attention. Can you believe in the Big Bang Theory and still be a Christian?
One does not necessarily have to cluck in disapproval to admit that entertainment is all the things its detractors say it is: fun, effortless, sensational, mindless, formulaic, predictable, and subversive. In fact, one might argue that those are the very reasons so many people love it. At the same time, it is not hard to see why cultural aristocrats in the nineteenth century and intellectuals in the twentieth hated entertainment and why they predicted, as one typical nineteenth century critic railed, that its eventual effect would be to over turn all morality, to poison the springs of domestic happiness, to dissolve the ties of our social order, and to involved our country in ruin." said Neal Gabler, the author of Life in the Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality. I agree with this quote, that entertainment is mind numbing and lessen the values of our society. Back in the nineteenth century, entertainment was something that actually stimulated their minds,
Neal Gabler’s 1998 book, Life the Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality, brings up controversial questions about the necessity or unnecessary want of entertainment. Scholars may claim that entertainment breaks family bonds, undermines community, and decreases people’s integrity. Certainly, entertainment in the 21st century in the form of movies, video games, and social media are more widespread than ever. However, not all forms of enjoyment are obscene; sports, television shows, and fan conventions can promote social involvement, reduce stress, and improve collaboration skills.
The first form of entertainment I want to talk about is technology. Technology has become a big thing in our society right now. It is very addicting to many people. I have seen many people that have been overpowered by technology that they have to use it everyday. If these people don’t use it they can become ill. For example in the book Fahrenheit 451 Mildred is attached
“Our senses are faulty data-taking devices, and they need help,” states Neil deGrasse Tyson, an American astrophysicist, author, and director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History. In his scientific essay “Coming to Our Senses,” published in Natural History Magazine, Tyson explores the idea of the five senses being limited and needing help from technology. Through Tyson’s use of ethical appeals, allusions, and hypothetical scenarios, he is able to effectively convince the readers that humans need to use their five senses and technology to explore and understand the world around them.
It is crazy to think of all the social networking sites that people have been utilizing in the last several years to be able to adopt a personality and “show off” their life, or a life that they wish others see them living. “Status Update”, Marwick discusses in his introduction that “to boost social status, young professionals adopt self-consciously constructed personas and market themselves, like brands or celebrities, to an audience or fan base”. With continuous technological innovations that allow individuals to be connected to each other, there seems to be a growing need for people to brand themselves in a way that allows them to be seen in a more positive manner.
In Life is Friends, Martinet, an author known for her knowledge on the art of mingling, justifies the reason for why connecting with others in person is lost and declares that “All too many people make the mistake of looking for friends who can further their career or their social standing” (Martinet). The public cares too much about their status in society and the way that people view them. Humans attempt to depict themselves in a way that makes them appear “cool” or “fit in” with everyone else. Technology is just one outlet that people constantly use to paint a picture of themselves for the rest of the world to see. While in real life, a person may not even closely resemble their social media profile. Therefore, it is often tricky for those that care about their status to have a natural conversation with others for fear of not portraying themselves accurately. Face to face conversations are also on the decline because people care too much about their social standing and would prefer to only talk to friends that can improve
Accurate or not, the linking of the origins of comedy to some sort of phallic ritual or festival of mirth seems both plausible and appropriate, since for most of its history--from Aristophanes to Seinfeld--comedy has involved a high-spirited celebration of human sexuality and the triumph of eros. As a rule, tragedies occur
Is entertainment destroying or benefiting modern society? There is no doubt that entertainment is the main source of amusement for many today. It is used in almost every common man’s daily life, from watching TV to listening to the news. However, entertainment has unfortunately become deeply saturated in people’s lives, to the point where it is no longer healthy or beneficial. The utilization of entertainment has become an addiction, thus giving it the capability to annihilate society. From the adult industry to television shows, one conclusion is inescapable” entertainment is, indeed, a dangerous tool.
In much the same way as Goffman described life as a play; it called “Dramaturgy”, people are learning to perform their self in everyday life. Erving Goffman defines dramaturgy, “in which social life is analyzed in term of drama or the stage;” (115). Social media allows people to use different forms of impression management. According to Henslin defines impression management, “People’s efforts to control the impressions that others receive of them.” (115) In my analysis of person B’s Facebook posts I noticed several trends. In the four photos that were selfies I noticed some particular facial expressions, one of Goffman’s sign vehicles. In the four selfies I analyzed, the person was smiling as her facial expression. I believe that the reason she makes this face is to give the impression that she was happy, and make the others who checked her pictures feel happy and think of her as a friendly