Review: Watching TV Makes You Smarter By Steven Johnson

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Anastasia Papanikolaou

Mr. Engel

AP English 11- 2

March 29, 2015

Pop Culture - Television: article responses

Watching TV Makes You Smarter by Steven Johnson

Steven Johnson calls his theory -- that the “most debased forms of mass diversion” (para. 4) turn out to be good for us, after all the “Sleeper Curve” after a scene in a Woody Allen movie. How does using one form of popular culture examine another form affect Johnson’s argument?

Johnson, by naming “the sleeper curve” after a Woody Allen movie, alludes and appeals to his audience.He uses one form of popular culture to analyze the other, therefore further proving his own argument. It makes Johnson’s argument easier to understand and relate to for those who are entertained by
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In paragraph 6, Trubey uses figures from a study but does not cite them. Does this kind of citation affect his credibility?

Using strong sources usually helps gain credibility, but if you do not cite sources, whether it is the best source available, you lose it. The same thing happens to Trubey, he loses Trubey because he does not cite his sources. It makes readers believe that he used sources that were not credible, or he could have even made them up.

6. Do the lists at the end of the essay strengthen Trubey’s argument?

The list at the end of his argument help build up most of Trubey’s argument. Citing sources not only builds up ethos, but also builds up logos by providing logical examples. These lists are all a little biased towards Trubey’s argument. This also provides the reader for more places to get information if they agree with his opinion.

He Doesn’t Like to Watch by Julia Scott

1.The interview’s come-on states that “culture jammers might be disrupting a sports bar near you.” Does the interview address that threat? In what other directions does the interview take the
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Television is driven not by the creative people who have something to tell, but by global conglomerates that have something to sell" and that "the main problem behind violence is virtual commercial monopoly over the public 's airways."

2. Why does Gitlin use Japan as an example of the effects of media violence? How does Gerbner respond?

Gitlin uses Japan to balance the debate- to show that watching violence on TV does not necessarily create crimes. When Gerbner responds he is surprised and almost disappointed in Gitlin, because Gitlin is a veteran.

3. What are Gerbner and Gitlin’s views of the V-chip?

Gitlin believes that it is a good thing for parents to have- that it allows them to have more power over their child’s television-watching. On the other hand, Gerbner finds the use of the V-chip pointless. He believes that it “damages our children and swamps at democracy.”

4. According to Gitlin and Gerbner, what are the results of excessive TV violence?

Gitlin and Gerbner both agree that excessive TV violence can cause viewers to fear their surroundings. They also both agree that violence is one of the many factors that can lead to real-world

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