Johnson Vs. Stevens

Essay by sreddy19College, UndergraduateA, November 2013

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Suraj Reddy




Response 2(B): "Watching TV, Thinking Outside"

According to Stephen Johnson, the "sleeper curve" is popular media growing and becoming more complex every year with a lot of violence, is actually nutritional and instead of being the evil in our society, is making us smarter. Johnson thinks it's important because it helps the mental development of young people today by enhancing our cognitive faculties. Johnson thinks that television gives us cognitive benefits in paying attention, making inferences and tracking complex social issues. Johnson's general view of television is that watching shows that make us think is good for our brain and makes us common viewers smarter.

Dana Stevens summarizes Johnson's essay by stating his claim that shows are becoming more complex and more complicated over the last two decades and watching it makes you smarter. Stevens disagrees with Johnson and believes that most shows assist in rotting the brain and also claims that not watching TV will not make you dumber.

Stevens then criticizes Johnson for not mentioning the recent controversies and terrorism in 24, and that he fails to account the commercials that interrupt the show.

Common sense seems to dictate that watching too much TV is bad for you and that it doesn't make you smarter. In my own view, I agree with Stevens that watching TV does not make you any smarter. Stevens advocates that shows such as ER and 24 are only,"good at teaching you to think…about future episodes..." In Stevens view, watching all those hit dramas, 24 and ER will not increase your IQ anymore than the person who does not watch TV. I understand the logic behind Johnson's claim that shows with more complex story lines and loads of multi-threading can have a higher cognitive...