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Thinking Outside The Idiot Box Essay

Critical thinking is a necessity of any professional or student. This is the human ability to think outside the parameters of normal everyday problem solving. Although problem solving is part of the critical thinking process, people are not born with this particular skill. People must be taught how to use it and be able to practice it in context of real life situations. Higher education academics are used to teach and promote this skill.
To define what constitutes the decision-making process one must ask themselves; what critical thinking is.   One must understand that Kurland (2000), “critical thinking enables us to recognize a wide range of subjective analyses of otherwise objective data, and to evaluate how well each analysis might meet our needs. Facts may be facts, but how we interpret them may vary” (11.).
    For what purpose is critical thinking used and when do we as individuals   use it? These questions can be answered by surveying the thinking process behind entering or returning to school. College students must be able to examine information and determine what part of that information is relevant and what information is purely opinion.
Critical Thinking
Critical thinking is not easily defined but what is known about its presence is that it influences a higher level of thinking. People who use critical thinking skills evaluate and identify information to guide their decision making. Recent interpretations suggests that critical thinking is, regarded as being intellectually engaged, skillful, and responsible thinking that facilitates good judgment. Critical thinking requires the application of assumptions, knowledge, competence, and the ability to challenge the individuals own thinking. Critical thinking skills require self-correction, monitoring to judge the reasonableness of thinking, and reflexivity (Behar-Horenstein, 2011).
Critical thinking is a desired skill in real-world application. However critical thinking does not come easily for all...

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"Thinking Outside the Idiot Box" by Dana Stevens vs. “Watching TV Makes You Smarter” by Steven Johnson

1125 WordsFeb 10th, 20145 Pages

Jessica Tursi
English Comp I
TV Does Not Make You Smarter There is no doubt that television holds a purpose in our society today, but is that purpose brain-numbing or actually beneficial to our brain development? The television, also known as: TV, the boob tube, the idiot box, as well as many other nicknames, has been around for almost a hundred years. Ever since cable TV became popular in the 1950’s, there has always been a worry that people watch too much TV. Most people believe that with exorbitant exposure to the popular media both dumbs us down as well as makes us more likely to tolerate acts of violence. Dana Stevens’ “Thinking Outside the Idiot Box” argues that television does not make you smarter, directly…show more content…

Stevens says, “Johnson’s claim for television as a tool for brain enhancement seems deeply, hilariously bogus” (297). She believes that watching television today does not make the viewer smarter but that it essentially just turns their brains into vegetables. Looking at the picture after reading this, I had a more clear understanding of this part of her argument. Also on the contrary to Johnsons article, Stevens discusses the examples of television shows that Johnson mentions that he is convinced enhances brain function by making the viewers pay attention, make inferences, and track shifting relationships between characters. Some of these shows are The Sopranos, 24, Hill Street Blues, and others. The show The Sopranos, is a prime example because this show will “connect multiple threads at the same time, layering one plot atop another” (Johnson, 283). Therefore, The Sopranos require a lot more attention from their audience engaging them with complex characterization and intertwining multiple episodes, which is what Johnson calls the “Sleeper Curve.” But does engaging in television shows such as this benefit the brain in anyway? Stevens says no; she believes in watching shows like these, “watching TV teaches you to watch more TV” (Stevens, 296).

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