April 25, 2005

Watching TV Makes You Smarter

This article from theThe New York Times provides some substance to my long standing appreciation of TV. I may have mentioned before that I like TV. One of my pet peeves is people who claim they “don’t watch a lot of TV”. This usually comes up if I reference a show like Survivor or The Apprentice or The Amazing Race. Yes, reality tv. I like some of them, these in particular. I’m not embarrassed by it either.

The article gives credence to my belief that television offers some good things. This article looks specifically at 24 which is a show I personally haven’t followed but my 18 and 15 year olds and their friends watch religously every week. The idea that television, contrary to popular belief, actually has more sophisticated programming than in the past. Take for example Starsky and Hutch. This show offered very little intelligent and threaded story that 24.

Beyond Bullets also refers to this article as an example of good storytelling that can be applied in PowerPoint presentations. I like that link. PowerPoint is storytelling and kids should use what they know about good stories to create their own.