Essay on Watching Tv Makes You Smarter

1249 Words Mar 23rd, 2015 5 Pages
When the picture of a lazy kid pops up in most people’s heads, there is the accompanying visual of a child stuffing their mouth with cheese puffs and wasting their time on “useless” and “brain numbing” television. But if we take a closer look at television programs, we will see that many of them do offer value and depth. Whether it be a trivia game show or a reality show about surviving in the wild for three months, there is actually something to learn from it. In his famous work, Steve Johnson offers a critique of the notion that television is dumbing us down. Johnson tackled the subject in his article, Watching TV Makes You Smarter. Johnson himself writes, “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, simple pleasures and big media companies try to give the masses what they want.”(Johnson 2005). With the introduction of reality shows like The Real World or shows aimed at entertaining teens or even younger, it had become common to believe that television was on the decline and also, that it lacked creativity and at least some level of academic value. It is often said that TV is here to entertain us, but it seemed as if that was all that it was doing: keeping our attention with comedic value and drama that didn’t contribute to our lives outside of the TV set. But to contradict that notion, there came the introduction of…

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