The Plug in Drug Reading Response

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Jennifer Macias
8/25/12
English 121
Roberta Fabiani
"The Plug-In Drug" Reading Response
The Plug-In Drug is a very good story that get's you thinking about a lot. It makes you think about all the times you've ever watched television and if you were actually controlling the amount of time you spent watching it or if you were sucked into the television set and had a temporary spell on you. The only thing about this story is whether this writer based it all on facts or a matter of opinion? Marie Winn makes it sound as if everyone that watches television becomes "addicted" to it like people become addicted to drugs or alcohol. I myself am not one of those people that become "addicted" to watching a show. Watching television for about more than 30 minutes in a row gives me a major headache, I honestly don't know how people can stare at it for hours and hours at a time. Marie talks about how people refer to addiction as "a tendency to overindulge in some pleasurable activity" and that's kind of what she did in her story. Watching television for hours at a time does not necessarily mean that you're addicted to it, sometimes people just have nothing better to do and find shows really interesting. She also says how television does not have a "return ticket" but technically the "return ticket" would be during commercials or after each show, it's just a matter of not wanting to get up rather than what she's saying is an "I can't get up." I'm not saying that there is no such thing as a television addict, but not everyone that sits in front of a television becomes addicted. She also says that it's much easier to stop reading and return to reality than to stop watching television, but once again that's a matter of opinion not facts. Everyone will have their own different opinion on things because not everyone is as into reading as they are television or television as they are reading, Marie can't just talk about being addicted to television as if everyone feels the same...
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