The Great Imagination Heist by Reynolds Price

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In Reynolds Price's Story "The Great Imagination Heist" the media has come to dominate the lives of many of today's youths. Reynolds Price expresses extreme dismay at the media's ever-tightening grasp over the impressionable minds of adolescents. He sincerely feels that the effects of prolonged exposure to television, film, video games, and the Internet are detrimental to the development of a youth's imagination and ability to think freely, without outside influence. The word "heist" indicates the intention to rob or steal. Price laments what he perceives to be the robbing of original, personal thought. He longs for the days when people read books freely and television was little more than a negligible aspect of our daily lives. While Price does make a persuasive argument I cannot agree with the theme of his commentary. I have been a passionate viewer of television and films for as long as I can remember.

Admittedly, much of what I watch on television qualifies as mere entertainment. I do not have a high degree of respect for the medium; however my love and admiration of film is strong. One could easily dismiss movies as superficial, unnecessarily violent spectacles, although such a viewpoint is distressingly pessimistic and myopic. In a given year, several films are released which have long-lasting effects on large numbers of individuals. These pictures speak to us as people and convey messages that are timely and timeless. Words are powerful, but visual images are overwhelming. As with any subjective story, Price's opinions directly correlate to his experiences. He grew up during an era when the media's impact on the common child was slight. I can understand how difficult it is for him to fathom this changing of the guard, but we live in a world pervaded with endless and continual changes. Naturally,