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American Mass Media and Popular Culture How Does It Influence UsMass media is endangering our way of life and our lack of the ability to listen is only making it worse The first selection is by Cynthia Crossen and she discusses the nations lack of listening ability In her article she explains possible problems with our society today She writes about our ability to comprehend 500 words a minute and the average speaker only talks 120 to 150 words a minute She feels this difference allows time for mental fidgeting I agree She also feels that we are to worried with getting our point across and not listening to the other person in the process This is where she says television talk shows play a role If you tune in to any show you can see 4 or 5 people talking at the same time this makes the show more interesting executives feel In closing she wants people to become better listeners so that each side gives something and each side gets somethingI agree completely with Crossen in her entire article We have lost the ability to listen The ability to listen is often thought of as automatic but it is not Just because a person can hear doesnt mean they are listening In everyday life listening is the most important aspect As Crossen suggests we need to get back to the days of old and listen first We were blessed with two ears and one mouth for a reasonThe second selection is by Jill Nelson who makes an assault on television talk shows Nelson speaks out against television talk shows and discusses moral obligations that they are neglecting She feels that the success of these shows is based on external economic social and political factors She assumes the people on these shows are craving their fifteen minutes of fame which is an illusion of success and importance Nelson states that the current crop of
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