Can popular entertainment offer us anything of value, or is it just a worthless distraction?

Topics: Television, Entertainment, Popular culture Pages: 2 (835 words) Published: August 25, 2014
Without any of this “new technology” (the internet, video games, TV, etc.), where would be? Some may say that we’re better off without all these newfangled devices because kids never get off their phones and it’s a waste of time when you could be doing something to change the world, but others would say that it’s all for the better and that we wouldn’t be connected without social media, wouldn’t have fun without video games, and wouldn’t be as entertained without TV; some might say that this technology is helping to change the world because of how fast you can promote an idea through all of these medias. And yet others would fight both points by agreeing that it can change the world, but that media now isn’t living up to that potential as much as it should, or that we’re maybe just spending too much time on our devices and not enough time in the real world, although it’s still a good thing.

I myself spend a lot of time utilizing these different forms of entertainment. Of course I, as a stereotypical teenager, feel the need to update my Facebook or Tumblr all the time and sometimes I worry more about the likes and comments on my Instagram than compliments that people in the real world give me. But I also know that I can’t spend too much time on the internet, and I need to spend time with my family. That’s when I realize that even then, when I’ve told myself to stop playing around on my laptop and to go downstairs, I take my phone or my iPod with me. I check it all the time, if I’m not just constantly playing on it while talking to my mom. Sometimes, my mom will ask, “Do you wanna do something, maybe watch a movie?” and I think it’s great that I’m spending time off the internet and doing something else, but I’m really just continuing to eat up media. When I’m out to dinner with my family, I realize that we’re all on our phones doing one thing or another and I always laugh because it’s so silly to me that we think that’s a form of “family time”. Even when we’re...
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