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  •  Or does TV make people stupid? (3+ / 0-)
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    Krush, happymisanthropy, HiKa

    That research on those Baby Einstein's videos demonstrating that they made babies dumber might not be limited to babies.

    Sure wish these polls wouldn't frame the query as a belief.  Why not fact and don't know?

    Have to say thought that it's sort of amazing that 62% of Fox viewers believe that Republicans supported TARP.

    Bring Our JOBS and Troops Home NOW!

    by Marie on Mon Dec 13, 2010 at 06:06:17 PM PST

    •  TeeVee is a tool (2+ / 0-)
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      a very powerful one. it can be used for good or evil.

      or sometimes, in the case of reality tv, for mind numbing.

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      by Krush on Mon Dec 13, 2010 at 06:08:41 PM PST

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    •  Fred Hollows: I remember watching a documentary (5+ / 0-)

      on the life of legendary Australian eye surgeon Fred Hollows (A man whose mission saw him restore the vision of thousands of people, regardless of their ability to pay) and being struck by his name for television - "the cretinizer".

      Fred Hollows 1929-1993

      "In order that all men may be taught to speak truth, it is necessary that all likewise should learn to hear it." Samuel Johnson

      by HiKa on Mon Dec 13, 2010 at 08:15:50 PM PST

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    •  In defense: The Science channel and occasional (2+ / 0-)
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      Marie, bwren

      quality docs, independent features, etc.

      Books can make you stupid as well if all you read is romance novels.

      Discernment is the key to quality living.

      The Revolution has already been televised. This is just the mopping up operation.

      by opticnerver on Mon Dec 13, 2010 at 08:19:41 PM PST

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      •  Wasn't so much addressing content as (0+ / 0-)

        the medium itself.  It induces such a high level of passivity in viewers that even the best produced and most informative content will be difficult to absorb once neural habituation has set in.  Recent decent research is revealing how much TV permanently alters the structural areas of our brain -- whether that is a good or bad thing has yet to be defined.

        Bring Our JOBS and Troops Home NOW!

        by Marie on Tue Dec 14, 2010 at 08:54:10 AM PST

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        •  How is television different than film? If you (0+ / 0-)

          watch a LOT of film are you being chemically altered in the same way? Does watching movies make you stupid? It is passive in the same way so why single out television?

          Is there a difference between, say, watching 1000 hours of Three Stooges and Bowery Boys, etc. (if you can find them) and 1000 hours of Bunuel, Kubrick and Herzog? Are the results of watching film that challenges personal assumptions (as ART is intended) different if the experience is in a movie theater versus a large flatscreen versus a 13" black and white sanyo?

          Is the following your assessment or was that included specifically in results of the study?

          It induces such a high level of passivity in viewers that even the best produced and most informative content will be difficult to absorb once neural habituation has set in.

          Did they actually study any neurological difference between absorbing say, slapstick humor and cosmology?

          The term 'neural habituation' also implies a degree of addictive behavior in so many words. Did you account for my comment:

          Discernment is the key to quality living.

          I have to take your comments with a grain of salt. It is at the very least a fashionable position to take on the matter (I to have seen Kill Your Television bumper stickers) but one that I think warrants more analysis than what often passes as a scientific 'truth' by those who may have either a compromised objectivity or based their experiments on subjective assumptions.

          The Revolution has already been televised. This is just the mopping up operation.

          by opticnerver on Wed Dec 15, 2010 at 12:30:59 AM PST

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    •  Books like _My Pet Goat_ can make you (3+ / 0-)
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      Marie, wilderness voice, royce

      look stupid, and the quoting from the Bible can make one look like a total idiot .. depends upon the circumstances.

      Obama/Democrats: The Earth is round. Republicans: No! it's flat!
      The compromise: The Earth is a triangle.

      by shpilk on Mon Dec 13, 2010 at 09:10:08 PM PST

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