A Modern Occupation: Television At Work

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Author of Brave New World, Aldus Huxley feared that what we love will ruin us. I agree with Huxley’s statement. I have never been the type of person to sit around all day and watch TV. Even when I was younger I would rather be outside playing and imagining. I honestly think that television is a waste of time, for nature has so much more to offer. However, Steven Johnson provided a fantastic point that TV is not as bad as some people, such as myself, would argue. Steven Johnson’s article “Watching TV Makes You Smarter” argues that the complexity of TV in the twentieth century in fact makes you smarter. Through a didactic tone, evidence such as dialog and charts, and stating what we need to change, Johnson’s article is a credible source for an academic research paper.
Steven Johnson develops a didactic tone that allows for his article “Watching TV Makes You Smarter” to be a credible source for an academic research paper. He does not bash other people in their beliefs in whether or not the media is cognitively alright. He argues his claim in a cool and collective nature. Johnson says, “ I believe that the sleeper curve is the single most important new force altering the mental development of young people today, and I believe it is largely a force for good: enhancing our cognitive faculties, not dumbing them down” (Johnson 279). He explains that the sleeper curve ultimately makes one work hard cognitively. Johnson allows his argument to flow in a way that is not vindictive. This allows for his audience to connect with him rather than simply dismiss his argument. This is important for his argument because if he is sardonic he could potentially lose his audience; thus, leaving no room for a controlled argument.
Furthermore, Johnson provides evidence such as dialog and charts to demonstrate his point that watching TV really does make one smarter, or at least cognitively awake. He explains that shows such as ER forces its audience to think back to other threads in order to create a deeper connection. He then backs his argument with dialog from a scene from ER that demonstrates the fast paced drama that forces the audience to circle back to the beginning thread and make a connection. He claims that “…they possess a quality that can only be described as subtlety and discretion,” further proving his claim to be true (Johnson 289). Alongside dialog, Johnson also uses multi-thread charts to...

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