Watching TV Makes You Smarter
1. Elaborate on Johnson's premise that watching TV programs with complex plots can contribute to cognitive development. Which of his examples do you agree with most and why? Which do you disagree with? Choose other cognitively challenging programs and explain your choices.
Johnson suggests that no matter what you watch on TV these days, even shows with negative messages, television has a positive impact on your brain. I haven't seen many shows that he is talking about, new or old. But I have seen Fear Factor and Survivor and understand why Johnson says that Survivor would be more ...view middle of the document...
,; even before the TV NFL show starts they show this computer designed robot-transformer as a mascot for a NFL.
In some reality TV shows, you could feel like you are part of a video game, where you have to jump over something, bounce of something and climb up (shows like Wipeout and American Ninja Warrior)
Tuning In, Tuning Out
Reflection and Discussion:
1. In the not-so-distant past, most homes had only one television and families often watched it together. What has been gained and lost by the disappearance of television viewing as a shared experience? In what contexts do you still like to watch TV with someone else
Watching some shows together can bring families closer, others I wouldn't say so. I like watching cooking shows and my husband prefers cowboy movies to cooking shows. For watching two shows at the same time in different rooms, we don't have to sacrifice for each other. Also, he can go close a door in a bedroom and watch The Weeds, where my daughter and I can watch American Idol together in a leaving room. There are family shows that we watch together all the time, like Amazing Race and Jeopardy, so we do get shared experience of discussing what we see on TV.
2. If you were to watch television less, what would you do with the extra time?
I guess I could read Monk, instead of watching it on a TV, as our Pittsburg library has an extensive collection of it. I guess I can subscribe for SF Chronicle and read news, instead of watching it on TV. Somehow I think I would be...