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An excellent point that Judy makes here which is quite factual. I have been intensely interested in how we learn since I was a child, furthermore after hired to teach as an adjunct professor of astronomy at a local university some years ago. As a child in the 1960’s I never liked watching TV. I instead gravitated to a shortwave radio as a 12 year old, bypassing American journalism to discover that a more intelligent BBC programming awaited me; unknown by many of my grade school classmates.
There is an underlying prevalent attitude that any individual who believes that online screens, television, radio, whatever media is being absorbed is good regardless, and that more of it is necessarily better. Americans will always be drugged on the idea that simply more is better.
Many people here in the discussion I am sure have not read Jerry Mander’s highly acclaimed and respected books touted by media experts and psychologists for many years; The Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television c1978 and In Absence of the Sacred- The Failure of technology and the Survival of the Indian Nations c1991. [especially pg 84 par 4 ‘Perceptual Speedup and Confusion’. http://www.ratical.org/ratville/AoS/theSun.html
The reader will be shocked at what they learn from Mander and his contemporaries such as Noam Chomsky’s ‘Manufacturing Consent’. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manufacturing_Consent:_The_Political_Economy_of_the_Mass_Media
Do not take my word as I am only a retired mere observer, an astronomer and acclaimed artist for many years. One other commenter mentions here “I hate to see the day when people are only able to communicate via telescreen, like the world imagined by the late Asimov for his Robot stories”. I’m sorry to say that day has arrived long ago already.
Also reference a short film by the noted producer of Koyaanisqatsi, Godfrey Reggio- Evidence > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuI_nCADnW0
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