I arrive home about 4:30 in the afternoon after school. I march my way into my younger brother’s room to ask him if he wants to play a little catch in the side yard (baseball season starts in two weeks after all). Upon asking, the answer I get is, “No, I don’t really feel like it today. Maybe another time.” Normally, I wouldn’t think this is a big deal, but the same scenario happened every time I asked him to play catch with me. Why? Because he is too fixated on the computer and the video games he plays from the time he gets home until the time he goes to bed. Is it possible that we as humans can become so addicted to television and other electronics that we would let them become one of the most important aspects of our lives? After reading the essay written by Marie Winn titled “The Plug-In Drug”, I believe that it might be true for a large majority of us. In this day and age, people become so addicted to their television, computer, or their video games that they neglect their other responsibilities or tend to forget about the more important things in life. Television has taken control of our social lives in ways we don’t even realize. The statement, “The peer group has become television-oriented and much of the time children spend together is occupied by television viewing” (Winn 439), really does hold a lot of truth. When I hang out with my friends, what we watched on television always seems to find its way into the conversation. Many of them feel the same way I do about their televisions being on. No matter what I am doing, whether it be sitting and talking with friends or family, or working on my school work, the television needs to be on. Even if its only purpose is to create background noise while I work, or so that I’m not sitting in a quiet room with other people that I have nothing in common with. My only assumption as to why, is that when the TV is on, people within hearing distance get the feeling that something is happening, or somebody is talking
AP English III: 4A
7 October 2014
Television: The Plug-In Drug Journal
“Television: The Plug In Drug” was written by Marie Winn, and she describes how family life has been affected by the television set. Her central argument is that the American family has been destroyed by the television, and that family unity has been diminished overtime by this cultural addiction. Winn uses many different sources to back up her claims, and some are extremely effective, while others do….
world but he also knew that he had to learn to read and write before he could run away and be free.
Television: The Plug –In Drug is an essay written by Marie Winn. This essay is about the way that television changes families and in all actuality pushes families further apart. Ms. Winn talks about many situations where families are proven to be more interested to what is on the television screen then what is going on in their….
The Plug-in Drug
Part 1 Bibliographical Information
Winn. “Televising: The Plug-in Drug.” The Mercury Reader. John Callahan. New York: Pearson Custom Publishing, 2009. 207-217. Print.
Part 2 Brief Summary
Marie Winn the author of “Televising: The Plug-in Drug”, is expressing the affects that television has on children. Television today is part of a family’s everyday life. The affects that television has on families are the change of family life and family rituals. The harms that television….
passive act of watching television affect the developing children's relationship with the real world?” In the essay “Television: The plug in Drug,” by author Marie Winn, the author examines television’s impact on children. The author uses rhetorical devices such as causal analysis to support her argument on television non-effectiveness on society and cause and effect to illustrate and persuade the unaware attitude of parents towards television. This is an essay on how television affects children’s and….
Television has become an extremely powerful influence over society and families since it’s introduction. Although this powerful influence that television has shown may not all be great. In the essay “Television: The Plug-In Drug,” a stance is taken by Marie Winn dictating that because of television, there is an ever growing problem with degenerating social skills individuals influenced by television (438-46). Even though Winn fails to consider that not every single individual influenced by television….
A Summary of “Television: The Plug-In Drug” by Marie Winn
The family time that experts once believed the television would facilitate has backfired. It has been replaced with an everyday military regiment. Wake up, go to school, watch television, and go to bed. Parents have allowed the television to become the primary source for their children’s home life experience. Although this medium allows for peace within the home, the family dynamic suffers. Winn references the conflicts that family’s had….
addictive drug encapsulating its users from a young age. Also it has cause increased sleep deprivation in many individuals who participate in these activities. Furthermore, it has caused extreme dissatisfaction for consumers by raising one's expectations for what life has to offer too high for reality to compete. Thus, entertainment in the form of advertisement, gaming, media and electronics negatively affects the individual….
the next, and the next just to wonder what happened to your entire Saturday. Marie Winn’s article titled Television: The Plug-in Drug, has depicted the change in family dynamics when it comes to television being a literal cornerstone in the family household, and how relationships have metamorphosized from unity to singularity. I think that Winn’s target audience is anyone who own a television, which is most people. I think that Winn’s article shows a clear depiction of how families have transformed….
Shortly after the advent of television, critics consistently ridiculed the impact it had on society. The list of negative effects it had on America’s family life in particular, only continued to grow. Who would’ve thought the thing that critics once said “brought the family together in one room” would eventually be looked down upon as the cause of a dysfunctional family. Has television done ANYTHING to improve the lives of people in America? Or has it only transformed the American people into root….
"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….