Why Television Is a Drug

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Emily Skaftun

English 101

06 April, 2011

Analysis of Marie Winn's, "Televison: The Plug-In Drug"

In the current world, many families have more than one television. It has become a necessity as food, clothing and shelter. In Marie Winn's essay, she describes the effects of television on young children and the family environments at home. Television is one of the most dominating factors that diverts from family time and family relationships. It also has a strong impact on people dealing with situations in 'the real world.'

When it was first introduced to American society, initial claims were that, "television will take over your way of living and change your children's habits, but this change can be a wonderful improvement" (Winn 457). This new asset to everyday American life, was meant as an instigator to bring the family closer together. Television sets were extremely costly when they first appeared. But now, "more than three quarters of all American families would own two or more sets" (Winn 458).

Television dwindles the opportunities for families to be able to communicate with each other on a regular basis. Whether it be through families gathering at the dinner table or family game-night. "Yet parents have accepted a television-dominated family life so completely that they cannot see how the medium is involved in whatever problems they might be having" (Winn 459). Many families now in American society, use the television as a barrier in order to shield themselves from everyday family problems. A so called getaway, that just prevents family issues from being solved. As Winn states:

But surely... If the family does not accumulate its backlog of shared experiences, shared every-day experiences that occur and recur and change and develop, then it is not likely to survive as anything other than a caretaking institution. (Winn 460-61)

When the whole family is based on watching television each and day, there is...
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