television has killed conversation within family?

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Hi,

I need some help:
I have to write a commet for "Televison has killed the conversation within the family- do you agree?", but i have no idea.
In my opinon it is true, but i need some arguments for it.
I hope somebody would help me




thanks for help
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Hi,

I think that it would best here to interrogate the fundamentally ethnocentric grounds on which the question is premised. The ideological construction of the "family" througout history has been shown to be a patriarchal construction created with the sole aim of oppressing women, according to some feminist critics.

Perhaps after interrogating this concept of the family you may like to refer to Theodor Adorno (Frankfurt School) and his seminal work "the Culture Industry", which laid the basis for much of modern marxist critique on the culture commodification. As Rosenblatt (2002) states:

"Seeing this long list of traditional Mexican foods—burritos, tacos, tamales—with a price attached to each caused me to reflect on the means by which capitalist society consumes and subsumes ethnicity, turning tradition into mass-marketable 'product' bleached of its original 'authentic' identity."
You should discuss the dichotomy between the old feminist adage that the family acted as a counterpoint to the workplace in that provided a loving nurturing refuge from the stresses of fierce competition and thus helped to perpetuate capitalism.

Thus we can begin to see the supreme irony of "television" destroying the "family.

You should conclude by stating that television and the family are both tools of capitalistic society and designed to oppress women and the working classes. Their destruction could never occur as the are essentially problematic terms created in order to perpetuate capitalist society.

Hope this helps!
You could also put something in about people watching TV instead of talking, but this should give your essay some theoretical backbone.

Luv,

Jenny,
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THESE SMILIES ARE SO CUTE!!!
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Chappy, you could also use semiotics to deconstruc the term "conversation" and elaborate upon the notoriously conservative ideological overtones that this implies. As distinct from "dialogue", conversation implies individualistic rational value-maximisation models allied to Kantian notions of objective reality.
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Thanks a lot, here are a few good idea
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If you wanted to argue against it, you could say that TV gives parents and children something in common to discuss, and brings them together around something they can all enjoy.

http://www.talkingwithkids.org/telev...as-a-tool.html
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