Television Addiction - Francis Howard-addict-vb 1)to devote...

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Francis Howard 1/29/2008 -addict-vb : 1)to devote or surrender (oneself) to something habitually or excessively 2) to cause addiction to a substance in (as a person) -addict-n : one who is addicted esp. to a substance -addiction-n : 1)the quality or state of being addicted 2)compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance (as heroin, nicotine, or alcohol) characterized by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal; also: persistent compulsive use of a substance known by the user to be harmful (Merriam-Webster 2004) The article “Television Addiction” claims that television is not some harmless pleasure. The author, Marie Winn, separates lighthearted pleasures such as cookie eating from more serious, destructive addictions to harder drugs. After the distinction is made, she outlines the serious problems associated with addicts and addiction, using the story of a heroin addict. Comparing couch potatoes to heroin addicts is not an appropriate comparison. She then proceeds to link television addiction to the symptoms of drug addiction. To support her comparisons she uses testimony from three, presumably credible, sources. These individuals testify to the addictive nature of television. Winn’s first claim is that the term addict is used loosely and wryly in conversation.
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