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Unformatted text preview: 85-95. Print. Steven Johnson, Dis±nguished Writer in Residence at New York University and author of Fve 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 simplis±c 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 o²en, something once considered detrimental or unhealthy is later found to actually be beneFcial or healthy, and he calls this phenomenon the “Sleeper Curve.” Although this ar±cle will be useful for my paper because Johnson provides an alterna±ve opinion to other sources sugges±ng that watching TV is a detriment to learning, he does not provide sta±s±cs or studies to back up his evidence....
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