Does TV make you smarter or are you idoit in the box?
Television has been around since the 1920s transmitting and receiving images. Over the years TV has marked its way through our lives. Majority of Americans have a more than one TV and DVD player in their home. How has TV evolved since the 1920’s? Has TV now changed the way we act and live as human beings? Does television now make us smarter than it did in early 1920s or has it made us idiots and less intelligent?
Steven Johnson a writer who published his article in new time magazines called watching TV makes your smarter? Dana Stevens, a movie critic also written for the New York times; responded to Steven Johnson article by calling thinking outside the idiot box. Steven believes that TV makes us more intelligent while Dana Steven argues that TV doesn’t ...view middle of the document...
(Johnson 291). Johnson also states that bad TV, like reality shows are even better for us. When we watch these shows explains Johnson , the part of our brain that monitors the emotion lives of people around us -- the part that tracks subtle shifts in intonation and gesture and facial expression -- scrutinizes the action on the screen, looking for clues like in show survivor. “
Dana Steven bumps head with Steven Johnson stating watching TV doesn’t make you smarter. She believes that watching TV only teaches you to watch more television. The impact of the 16 minutes’ worth of commercials that interrupt any giving episode says Steven’s television being a tool to enhance our brains is “…hilariously bogus”. Dana points out that we as Americans shouldn’t we choose our favorite shows because we like them, not because they force our otherwise helpless cortexes to "manag[e] resources" and "recognize long-term patterns"(Stevens 297). “Shouldn't we say Dana Steven as grown men and women are trusted to judge their own dosages, just as they would decide on the number of drinks they can handle at the bar?”( Stevens298) we choose our favorite shows because we like them, not because they force our otherwise helpless cortexes to "manag[e] resources" and "recognize long-term patterns".
Both parties really make valid points about TV. I do agree that some television like history channel, animal planet or criminal shows can really enhance our brains makes us aware of things we learn something from it. I do think that reality shows like jersey shore makes us dumber. We as the audience should choose our favorite shows because we like them. Television is evolving each year and will continue. We need to balance how much we watch TV. I really don’t want us Americans to become idiots. So my question to you is TV really making us dumber or smarter?