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Unformatted text preview: Steven Johnson, Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University and author of five books on popular culture, claims that watching more complex plotlines in many of today’s television programs makes viewers “smarter.” He also compares, using charts, the more simplistic plotlines of programs from the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s to the more intricate ones from the 1990s, to today’s, beginning with the ground-breaking “Hill Street Blues.” He argues that often, something once considered detrimental or unhealthy is later found to actually be beneficial or healthy, and he calls this phenomenon the “Sleeper Curve.” However, his argument is not credible because the evidence he provides is not relevant and sufficient. He explains simply that television programs have become more complicated, but he never provides data that viewers either understand the complexity of current programs or that viewers actually end up “smarter.”...
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- Spring '11
- Hill Street Blues, Writing Evaluative Annotations