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It is evident that the television is a crucial part of the society.It is the main source of entertainment and a significant informationsource. However, there has been a continuous debate over the years inregard to the usefulness of the television in imparting knowledge.Johnson in watching TV makes you smarter, argues that thecomplexity of the programs on televisions such as 24 make people tothink critically while following the overlapping episodes hencemaking them smarter (Graff 283).
However, I totally disagree with Johnson that the television makespeople smarter. There is no iota of evidence whatsoever that the lackof television makes people dumb. I tend to totally agree with DanaStevens’ article, Thinking outside the idiot box, thatJohnson is misled in his argument (Graff 296). According to Diana,Johnson does not look at all the faces of television and thereforehis arguments are biased.
The complexity of some of the television programs such as 24, aremeant to ensure that the audience follow the television show thefollowing week. I tend to believe that the major role that the TVplays is socially inclined. If people were to fail to watch thetelevision, they would definitely be left behind in terms of socialaffairs. There is no evidence that failure to watch the televisionwould make someone to end up with poor decisions.
Television shows such as The Sorpanos and 24which Johnson argue that people use their critical thinking to followthe plot is misleading (Graff 285).The fact is that a vast majority of the audience only follow thecharacters rather than the plot.
The role of the television inthe human mind is to replace the existing imagination and fill itwith non-useful content such as violence and obscenity.Therefore, Johnson’s argument in his article is totally misleadingand Diana is right in asserting that the television is just but anidiot box and people hardly learn anything from it.
Graff, Gerald. "They Say/I Say": The Moves That Matterin Academic Writing: with Readings. New York: W.W. Norton &Co, 2012. Print.