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2.) There is no denying that television is everywhere. In some American homes there is a TV in every room. Therefore, it could be expected to question how much influence television has on our society. As with any debatable question, there are opposing views about this. Some, such as Postman, would suggest that television does have a mass, and negative, influence on society. Others, including Newcomb and Hirsch, would disagree. They believe that television is just an extension on ideas and issues already circulating the population. According to Postman, television has dangerous effects on American society. He uses this metaphor to describe television: "is not only that all the world is a stage but that the stage is located in Las Vegas, Nevada. ..” In other words, television is just a sequence of colorful, quick images that serve practically no purpose but to entertain and only to entertain. Postman asserts that television is a mockery to the intellectual and literate community, and in
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This note was uploaded on 06/30/2011 for the course HNR 231 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '01 term at Sam Houston State University.

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