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Joshua D. Eusebio Writing 110 Professor Hoag 3. 19. 2014 Pop-Culture and Assimilation In the Merriam-Webster Dictionary assimilation is defined as the process of receiving new facts or of responding to new situations in conformity with what is already available to the consciousness. Pop-culture, especially TV, is an educational tool used to introduce foreign people to the new type of culture America offers. In Ariel Dorfman’s book “Heading North Looking South” the process of being accustomed to a new culture via television is described on a personal basis. In my opinion I believe that Television gives off a very false sense of daily lifestyles as well as a false sense of opportunity. Popular culture promotes one-sided information that can lead to a large sense of false hope from viewers tuning into their favorite TV shows. Televisions are everywhere, and due to their popular nature, more and more people are being exposed to what is on TV. For many foreigners migrating into the US, tv can be an introduction to the new culture they are moving into. American shows such as “Elmo ” and “Blues Clues ” are used not only to entertain little children but are also used to educate them. I believe that reality tv shows have the same effect on foreigners, allowing them to be simultaneously entertained as well as educated about the different behaviors of the new culture they are being submerged into. An example of this is when I recently housed a Scottish Native soccer recruit. While we were touring campus and walking along the cliffs he explained to me that what he saw on tv was how he pictured
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Point Loma to be like. He was under the misconception that the culture here revolved
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  • Spring '14
  • deFreitas
  • Television program, Reality television, younger Dorfman, Micki Fahner

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