The Hype: Television

As the year 2000 approaches, many Americans are looking back at the goals set by their parents and grandparents generations ago. As they look back, they see a startling revelation. The goals of a prosperous life and a happy family are farther away from being attained than they were for their ancestors. Why? What has changed so much over the last fifty years that have driven families apart and crippled the American Dream?
The answer is obvious. It is obvious at school, at work, and at home. Consumerism. In the last twenty years, there has been a rapidly increasing trend towards mass consumption. We are no longer a nation that places our families ahead of other priorities. We have ...

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of a button, the television takes viewers "out of the 'real' world in which [they] reside and can place [them] at a basketball game, the back alleys of Maine, the streets of Bucharest, or the cartooning living rooms of Sitcom land (Hamill, 375). In these places, life is idealized. Rarely do you see television shows characters doing remedial jobs. Scotty, from Star Trek, never left engineering to fix a toilet (Have you ever seen a toilet on Star Trek?). The characters also never have mundane, daily trials (How about a speeding ticket for James Bond?). Television has warped the impressionable minds of young viewers into a warped frenzy to have the jobs idolized on their favorite shows. No longer does little Junior want to work on the family farm or business; he wants to wear the designer sunglasses worn by his favorite alien-bashers and the shoes that Michael Jordan wears as he bashes the evil Moonstars (Space Jam). Television has become the obvious spokesperson of today's ...

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