The TV Generation Essay Research Paper Everyone
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The TV Generation Essay, Research Paper Everyone has a moment in history which belongs particularly to him. It is the moment when his emotions achieve their most powerful sway over him, and afterward when you say to this person “the world today” or “life” or “reality” he will assume that you mean this moment, even if it is fifty years in the past. My generation is greatly influenced by the media, specifically television. Television becomes my reality by bringing into my life the happenings of the outside world. Our generation is often called the MTV generation. We are often stereotyped with the idea that all we do is sit around and watch TV. Sure, we probably do watch more television than our parents did as teenagers but we have to remember, TV was generally new to their generation. They only had a couple of channels to choose from while we sit in front of a television with 53 channels and a remote to control them with. We have the option to decide upon everything from The Disney Channel to VH2, The Family Channel to Fox. That box in our bedroom or family room is a very controlling yet entertaining appliance. Teenagers have always been free-spirited in any generation. We are always doing and saying childish things while trying to grow up. If we only have a couple years of our childhood left then who cares if we spend it in front of a TV? Which is not to say that we do that anyhow. Perhaps we use the TV as a way of relaxing before we go off and hit the books for two hours. Or maybe we use it to spend time with our family. I mean, come on, how many teenagers enjoy going on family outings with mom, dad, and kid brother? However, if the TV can gather everyone together on a Sunday afternoon to watch the “Packers” game then shouldn’t mom and dad be happy? On the other hand, there is such a thing as bad TV. Sex and violence is plastered all over our brains with a flick of a switch and I tend to believe that this influences teenagers, or for that matter, anyone who watches it. But then again, we can not say all TV is evil. MTV has set up several programs to educate teens on sensitive subjects and has begun to censor certain videos and shows. Parents often say to their teens, “If you watch too much TV you’ll fry you brains out.” Yeah, right mom! As if we’re going to believe that. If anything we’re going to learn something new. Like how to make a seven layer cheese cake from Martha Stewart or how to fix a squeaky hinge on a medicine cabinet from Bob Villa. I have to admit though, Americans probably watch more TV than any other country. European countries only have a couple of channels to select from. Still, this is America. Freedom was born here so that gives us the freedom to choose between National Geographic on TBS or ESPN Sportsnet. It is this special America, a very untypical one I guess, an unfamiliar transitional blur in the memories of most people, which is the real America for me.