Don't Forget the Influence of Old Media
by Mark Bauerlein - March 17, 2011
In discussions of the influence of media on students, people often overlook the most time-consuming activity--television viewing. In spite of the flood of digital tools and practices, TV remains by far the most popular habit. Of course, teenagers have watched TV for decades, but it's different now. Before cable TV exploded into 300 channels, teenagers had few programs centered on their own age group. Today, they have a dozen offerings all day long. The impact is profound. Teenagers can now be immersed in teen culture for hours at home alone in their bedrooms, and the more they watch Gossip Girl etc., the less they heed the voices of adults, including teachers. Current levels of TV time should be cut in half to 90 minutes per day.
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