On "A Global Village Full of Idiots"
A review of Joan Claytor's article "A Global Village Full of Idiots", a commentary of the harmful effects of television.
# 102770 | 1,800 words | 1 source | MLA | 2008 |
Published on Mar 31, 2008 in Anthropology (Cultural) , Anthropology (Modern) , Anthropology (North American) , Ethnic Studies (Modern) , Ethnic Studies (North American)
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This paper examines Joan Claytor's "A Global Village Full of Idiots", an entertaining newspaper article that presents at least seven fallacious arguments regarding television culture. It finds the article light and humorous, full of deliberate exaggerations, which produce the series of fallacious arguments that are easily identified and explained. The paper concludes that upon reading the article, the reader will have been entertained by the author's assertion that television is harmful to human experience, the family and home, its powers extending to filling whole houses with unwanted emotions and converting people to mere addicts and idiots.
From the Paper:"The author opens, for instance, in an argument that the "main problem with TV" is that it is addictive. (p.15) This is a presumptive argument in that one cannot know if it is addictive really, or for most viewers, or for any at all. Also, there is not a way in which to understand quite what the author means by using the medical term of addictive, only knowing that a television is not like heroin or tobacco or alcohol for those who are addicted to them. One meets few compulsive television viewers or people who would happily walk two miles in the snow in order to turn on a television that is located elsewhere. People do not need to be hospitalized for withdrawal because the family television is being repaired. North American cities have places where suffering people are treated for different kinds of addictions, but none for those who suffer the physical and emotional effects of television addiction. One waits to be told how it is that television is addictive and realizes that the author might mean habit-forming or familiar, as are not congruent with the bold statement she has made referring to television as addictive. A similar fallacious argument could be made by substituting the term of destructive, or perhaps combustive, for addictive, as would also be presumptive fallacies, if asking the important question of "why?" after writing one statement out, or the other."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Claytor, Joan. "A Global Village Full of Idiots". The Globe & Mail. October 14, 1992.
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