Readings, Week 12

Television

  • New: Explain what television does to your brain, in a neuroelectrical/neurobiological sense.
  • What is the free lunch?
  • What is television’s role in the “big picture”?
  • How does television participate in America’s foreign policy of world domination?  What ideology is sold internationally through televsion?
  • How would Ramsey Clark refer to television?
  • What is “the business of television”?
  • What are the two issues about a television show about which advertisers care the most?
  • Explain “censorship by substitution.”
  • The texture of television, according to Richard Albarino, is a mixture of what two elements?
  • According to Todd Gitlin, what three American values are presented on American television? Explain these…
  • Why does an atmosphere of cynicism pervade the entire phenomenon of television?
  • How do television and advertising censor the content of television, at every level?
  • What is a good “environment” for a given TV commercial (what kind of show)?
  • Explain how Nixon was present at three key moments in the history of the relationship between politics and television.
  • What does Gitlin mean when he says that TV is nothing but the redistribution of its own moves?  How does this relate to post-modernism?
  • How many people at the top participate in producing the content of TV?  In what way do L.A.’s TV people live in a culture of culturelessness?

FILM: The Truth about Lies–The Tube is Reality (PPT)

“Television: The Drug of the Nation” — Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy (Michael Franti) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgOWTM5R2DA

“Television: The Drug of the Nation” — Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy — LYRICS http://www.lyricsfire.com/viewlyrics/disposable-heroes-of-hiphoprisy/television-the-drug-of-the-nation-lyrics.htm

New: Carmichael, Chris. Your Brain Waves Change when you Watch TV. http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/247802/your_brain_waves_change_when_you_watch.html

Gitlin, Todd. Television and Consumption.  http://www.medialit.org/reading_room/article81.html

Jhally, Sut. Television: the Search for Meaning.  http://www.medialit.org/reading_room/article117.html

Scheuer, J. The Television Thing.  http://www.jscheuer.com/essays/dissent.htm

Woodson, Stephani. Exploring the Cultural Topography of Childhood.    http://bad.eserver.org/issues/2000/47/woodson.html

Perlmutter, Tom. Parenting in the Television Age 

George, Lianne. Is Kiefer Sutherland trying to sell you something?http://www.macleans.ca/culture/media/article.jsp?content=20050221_100566_100566

Facts about Media Violence and effects http://www.babybag.com/articles/amaviol.htm

Please re-visit these essential readings from Week 3:

Scientific studies regarding the effects of violent media on humans/children:

Seeing and experiencing violence makes aggression ‘normal’ among children http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/03/110329095742.htm

Kids exposed to violence have more behavioral problems http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2003/12/031231083050.htm

In Video Games, not all mayhem is created equal http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/12/051202094251.htm

Report Shows ‘Unequivocal Evidence’ That Media Violence Has Significant Negative Impact On Children http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/03/040326073459.htm

Violent TV, Games pack a powerful public health threat http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/11/071127142134.htm

Gratuitous Media Violence can increase violent responses http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/04/990427045219.htm

Media Can Subtly Induce Society To Justify Violence Against Women, Study Shows http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/090319102417.htm

TV Exposure and aggression in young children http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091102171413.htm

Violent Video Games increase aggression long after game is turned off http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/09/100920094620.htm