Analytical Response To A Visual Image.

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Analytical Response to a Visual ImageAs I was scanning through Adbusters, I found one page with a captivating picture. This picture was flooded with text that appealed to me. Superimposed on this page was a drawing of a human body and setting on the shoulders was a television for a head. Where the mouth and nose should appear was the caption "A wasted life" appearing within the T.V. screen. Around the drawing are two emails from Adbuster's readers and a short article explaining how actors are cutting back on their children's T.V. viewing. Let me state, I don't believe that by simply watching T.V. we are destroying and neglecting our lives like the message that Adbusters displays to the reader. I do believe that prolonged exposure to T.V. and it's messages can be somewhat damaging and indeed lead to a wasted life.This visual is attempting to tell me that once T.V. integrates itself into my life it will extinguish it and turn me into some kind of mindless, no life zombie. Also, it is implied, that what I watch controls what I perceive as truth; and, what is displayed tells me how to spend my money. Since the image shows a T.V. for a head, this depicts that television is my mind and controls my thoughts and keeps me coming back for more on a constant basis. Thus by watching TV this is creating a wasted life for myself. I might as well sit back down in front of the boob tube and devour another bag of potato chips and fill my brain with even more useless mind controlling information.Furthermore, what's also interesting, are the T.V. bashing emails included on this page with the picture. One email describes how this person's father is lost forever because television has taken him away. Now his dad is a willing servant to Philip Morris, NBC, and CBS. No activities and no past times for this father. Just a life pure in working, smoking, and television. The writer continues on inquiring as to how can he compete against T.V. when it's been a lot more entertaining to his father than he ever was. The other email, written by a man named Eric Brown, collaborates on his intense video game addiction and how one morning when he woke up to play his video games the sun from outside was beckoning him. Yet, he made up his mind to throw a sheet over his window to block out the sun's rays and immersed himself in his own abstract reality with the help of television. This person felt no peace and happiness; but, before long Eric grew upset after being defeated by a piece of plastic and headed outside for fresh air. It was then, out in the cool breeze and the sun, that he had a revelation. No longer would Eric be confined to the ill lit dungeon that is his living room playing Play Station. He further explains that he will turn over a new leaf and enjoy what is in store for him in the outdoors. That which he has been missing out on for such a long time. I find these to be two interesting experiences with television; although, they sound a little far fetched.Finally, on...

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