Another Dilbert-like early scene shows the Tramp trying to take a break during work hours in the washroom — only to have a big-screen image of the boss’s head suddenly appear on the washroom wall and order him to quit stalling and get back to work. Modern audiences watching this scene may reflect ruefully on the everyday reality of electronic surveillance in the workplace — perhaps not even noticing that the sequence was shot decades before viable television, to say nothing of big-screen two-way communication. (In a nice effect, as the Tramp hustles out of the washroom, the boss’s eyes seem to follow him.)
What we must first realize is that television today is different than television of the past, violence is more prevalent in todays programming unlike the true family programming of the past....
This line of reasoning is based on the assumption that what makes us more descent than our enemies is what military tactics we use or do not use against them. We are more descent than our enemies in this war because we do not treat women like pieces of property, we do not stone to death our daughters for premarital sex, we do not teach our children that it is noble to strap on a bomb and go sit somewhere that will kill as many civilians as possible by self-imploding. We are morally superior and far more descent than they are because of the type of society we have compared to the one they have created for themselves. Completely external to our military tactics, we are far more descent than this enemy is and if this battle ends up with us having to do whatever it takes to kill them wholesale, we will still have a far way to go to ever being morally inferior to them.
I am becoming sick each time I watch on TV the demontsrations agianst the war in Iraq or the Parisian hooligan bands looting small stores on Rue des Ã‰coles… As an incorrigible optimist, I believe that human stupidity should have limits. Those who do not want to fight and are eager to die should simply commit suicide NOW and leave the world alone to defend itself against the Islamic plague. How could these people forget the million-strong ‘peace’ demonstrations in 1940! They are trying to pull us back to this stage.
I come back here after the recent fracas around Charles Murray’s visit to Middlebury College, where the “oppressed” college students used violence against Murray and company, then attacked his car while he was leaving, then for good measure decided to hunt him down at the restaurant he’d gone to afterwards. (It is only the latest in a series of uncivilized university incidents.)
In a certain study, researched showed that young boys who watched non-violent television tend to be more aggressive than boys who watch violent television.
lazy and will often go for hours without moving from the television.
If the Addict is not glued in front of the TV, he is most likely to be
found paging through his latest issue of TV guide, carefully selecting the shows
which he will watch that week and marking them off with a highlighter.
Though, some researchers disagree with this statement and believe that there are other factors, besides television, which cause children to become violent.
Many studies show that television does have an effect on children’s aggression, but also on their knowledge, and their ability to decide from right and wrong.
Many adults feel that because they watched television when they were young and they have not been negatively affected then their children should not be affected as well.
Finally, the essay would conclude with my thoughts on how the Honeymooners were impacted by these aspects, but also how the show managed to leave a legacy in television today....
We expected that the effects of television violence and domestic would be strikingly similar to one another and the results of our study prove the similarities and provoke awareness to the differences....
Some viewers believe that there is an increasingly large amount of violence on television and this widespread public concern has "led to calls for stricter controls on the depiction of violence in programmes" (Gunter and McAleer 1990:92).
Unlike the passive Addict who sits immobilized in front of the
television, the Surfer is an interactive watcher who loves the power and control
which he feels when he holds the remote in his hand.
TV watchers who are neither Addicts nor Surfers will most likely fall
into the category of Non-Watching watchers.
In the past,
the Non-Watcher was the housewife who would have the TV on while she was taking
care of her children and doing chores around the house.