The Negative Effects of Television Essay

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In the argumentative essay “T.V. Addiction” by Marie Winn, Winn relates watching television to having an addiction with drugs and alcohol. The television experience allows us to escape from the real world and enter into a pleasurable and peaceful mental state. When it comes to television, Marie asks the following question: Is there a kind of television viewing that falls into the more serious category of destruction addiction? I believe there is. Why do so many people, instead of doing what they’re supposed to be doing, put everything on hold and just focus on television? I think this is because they want an escape from their problems. I agree with Marie Winn 100%, and I think she does have a valid point. Television is a …show more content…
Based on these responses, Mander proved the following: The people who described themselves as being “spaced out” said that television helped them forget about their busy lives. Some people found television relaxing because it helped them forget about the world. Others who used the terms “brainwashed” or “addicted,” felt that television provided them with good information and entertainment. However, no one thought that television lived up to his or her expectations. In chapter 16 of For Arguments for the Elimination of Television, the chapter shows how people form poor judgments when watching television. Some of these judgments are as follows:

• Death is more important than life.
• War is more interesting than peace.
• Raw materials are more interesting than natural environment materials.
• Hierarchy is more interesting than democracy.
• Lust is more interesting than satisfaction.
• Quantity is more interesting than quality. Television offers neither rest nor stimulation. In the book Mander quoted: “Television inhibits your ability to think, but it does not lead to freedom of the mind, relaxation or renewal. It leads to a more exhausted mind. That's as far as television goes with the human mind.” The worst part about television is that the mind is never empty. The mind is always filled with someone

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