{[ promptMessage ]}

Bookmark it

{[ promptMessage ]}

Topic 3.1 - UNDERGRADUATE COOPERATION PROGRAM Subject code...

Info icon This preview shows pages 1–3. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
UNDERGRADUATE COOPERATION PROGRAM Subject code: ENGL 1301 Subject name: Composition 1 Instructor: Tô Minh Thanh, Ph.D. 3. 1 Harmful Effects of Watching Television [Langan, 2008: 147-148 ] (Original Version) In a recent cartoon , one character SAID to another , “ When you think of the awesome power of television to educate , aren’t you glad it doesn’t? It S true [ that television HAS the power to educate and to entertain ] , but unfortunately , these benefits ARE OUTWEIGHED by the harm [( that ) it DOES to dedicated viewers ] . Television ( Topic ) IS harmful ( Central idea ) [ because it CREATES passivity , DISCOURAGES communication , and PRESENTS a false picture of reality ( Reasons )] . Television MAKES viewers passive ( Reason 1 ) . Children [ who HAVE an electronic baby-sitter ] SPEND most of their waking hours in a semiconscious state . Older viewers WATCH tennis matches and basketball games with none of the excitement of be ing in the stands . [ Even if children ARE WATCHING Sesame Street or Barney & Friends ] , they ARE BEING EDUCATED passively . The child actors ARE GOING on nature walks , BUILDING crafts projects , PLAYING with animals , and PARTICIPATING in games , but the little viewers ARE simply WATCHING . Older viewers WATCH guests DISCUSS issues with Oprah Winfrey , but no one WILL TURN to the home viewers to ask their opinion . Worst of all , TV PRESENTS a false picture of reality [ that LEAVES viewers frustrated ( Subtopic 3 ) { because they DON’T HAVE the beauty or wealth of the characters on television } ] . ( 3.4a) Viewers ABSORB the idea [ that everyone else in the United State OWNS a lavish apartment , a
Image of page 1

Info icon This preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
suburban house , a sleek car , and an expensive wardrobe ] . ( 3.2) Every detective , police office , oil baron , and lawyer , male or female , IS suitable for a pinup poster . ( 3.3) The material possessions on TV shows and commercials CONTRIBUTE TO the false image of reality . ( 3.1) News anchors and reporters , with their perfect hair and make up , MUST FIT television’s standard of beauty . ( 3.4b) From their modest homes or cramped apartments , many viewers TUNE IN daily to the upper-middle-class world [ that TV GLORIFIES ] . Television DISCOURAGES communication ( Subtopic 2 ) . ( 2.1a) Families watching television DO very little talking except for brief exchanges during commercials . ( 2.3)[ If Uncle Bernie or the next-door neighbors DROP IN for a visit , the most comfortable activity for everyone MAY BE NOT conversation but watch ing ESPN . ( 2.4) The family MAY NOT even BE WATCHING the same set ; instead , in some households , all the family members HEAD FOR their own rooms to watch their own sets . ( 2.2) At dinner , plates ARE PLOPPED on the coffee table in front of the set , and the meal IS WOLFED DOWN during NBC Nightly News . ( 2.1b) During commercials , the only communication [( that ) a family HAS all night ] MAY CONSIST OF
Image of page 2
Image of page 3
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern