In the two essays, Don’t Blame TV by Jeff Greenfield and Who Us? Stop Blaming Kids and TV by Mike Males, both authors defend the theory that television has little impact on today’s youth and that other significant factors are to blame for the negative changes in society. While the topics may appear similar, there are many differences in how the authors attempt to defend their theses, making one more successful than the other. In any well written argumentative essay there must be a clear thesis, good supporting examples, some objections along with any rebuttals, the writing should be focused with a natural flow.
Firstly, the thesis of Greenfield’s essay is somewhat broad and it is not explicitly stated so the reader can understand the
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It is nearly impossible to determine the influence that TV has on SAT scores by interpreting it’s complex trends, yet part of Greenfield’s thesis is that the decline in achievement tests has been falsely blamed on the increase of TV usage among youths. He objects to this by stating that test scores have stopped declining since 1982. It is a bold statement to imply that TV is not to blame for the lowering of scores since there are many other elements that influence the rise and fall of the results. Yet when a closer look is taken at television usage among children a trend seems to evolve. For example, The New York Times published an article stating that a recent “study found that those children with televisions in their bedrooms consistently scored significantly lower on math, reading and language arts tests” (Nagourney).
While Greenfield attempts to prove how TV is not a factor in the dumbing of American youths, Mike Males chooses a different method by showing how the most obvious factor of rising violence is overlooked while TV takes the blame. In a recommendation drafted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, it states that domestic violence in the home puts children “at a higher risk for substance abuse, school failure, and aggressive behavior. This aggressive behavior often escalates later in life to violence against their future partners and others in their families and communities” (7-8). Males uses this simple premise that children learn from