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Entertainment and Society
Transcript of Entertainment and Society
Entertainment VS News
Why is entertainment captivating?
The Bling Ring, A True Story
That '70s Show
Activity: Game show!
Entertainment and society
Entertainment and Society
Outside Reading Activity
Introduction to our Prompt
Does entertainment have the capacity to ruin society?
In his 1998 book Life the Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality, Neal Gabler wrote the following.
One does not necessarily have to cluck in disapproval to admit that entertainment is all the things its detractors say it is: fun, effortless, sensational, mindless, formulaic, predictable and subversive. In fact, one might argue that those are the very reasons so many people love it.
At the same time it is not hard to see why cultural aristocrats in the nineteenth century and intellectuals in the twentieth hated entertainment and why they predicted, as on typical nineteenth century critic railed, that its eventual effect would be “to overturn all morality, to poison the springs of domestic happiness, to dissolve the ties of our social order, and to involve our country in ruin.”
Write a thoughtful and carefully constructed essay in which you use specific evidence to defend, challenge, or qualify the assertion that entertainment has the capacity to “ruin” society.
Define Our Prompt
How do you define entertainment?
Explanation of Game Show!
How did our game show relate to the prompt?
Which category did you feel most confident in?
Which article did you find more interesting? Why?
Defining Our Prompt Cont.
What is necessary for a functional society?
Which one would you remember more about if we were to give you a quiz on each article? Why?
Look at the number of questions that were answered correctly in each category. What does this represent about the importance of entertainment in scoiety?
Are these results representative of society?
Does entertainment have a greater importance in society?
What is the most influential form of entertainment?
What do you define as ruining society?
For the purposes of this seminar, we are focusing on entertainment on TV, movies, and celebrities.
Does entertainment obstruct or support these things?
What forces can ruin society?
Show of hands of who would rather watch an episode of a sitcom or the news.
Why might people like current events or news not relating to entertainment less?
What kind of messages does the video suggest?
The Circle Scenes are very prominent in the TV show, and are used to convey that they're under the influence of drugs.
Even though the students portrayed in this clip drink alcohol often, they lead wealthy and glamorous lives. What does their behavior imply?
How do you think audiences reacted to this when the "circles" were normal occurrences?
That '70s show is a sitcom about teenagers, and is showed even today. What message does it show about drug use and teenagers?
Is their behavior realistic?
Underage consumption of alcohol is illegal, yet these characters are rarely penalized. Does this send a good message?
"Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education."
-Franklin D. Roosevelt
Importance of Government
Gossip Girl, Glamorous Drinking
One of the members, Alexis Neiers, has gained fame for stealing, and is now featured in her own reality TV show. What message does this convey?
"If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you jump too?"
Just how influenced are people by someone or something that they are exposed to often?
Do people copy what they see on television, or do they know better?
If everyone knew more about entertainment than policies, how would that affect society?
And vice versa?