“Some people claim that the growth of mass media has stifled intellectual curiosity. Others, however, argue that the availability of so much information and entertainment has encouraged individuals to expand their intellect and creativity.”
Explain your position on this issue. Support your views with reasons and/or examples from your own experience, observations, or reading."
Statement claims that growth of mass media has stifled intellectual curiosity of people exposed to mass media. On the other hand, some argue that availability of such information encouraged individuals to expand their intellect and creativity. I support the argument made by the later, as mass media has opened up the wealth of information to people, who were otherwise deprived of.
It was truly said that “a picture paints thousand words”, Without experiencing it or without seeing it, it is difficult to understand the ferocity of explosion of a volcano, it is difficult to understand the devastation created by a tornado and it is difficult to understand the aridness of deserts. Text books in the schools could describe such natural phenomenon in the best possible ways, but seeing them will make the students to remember them for a life time. By watching a program related to volcano, tornado or a desert, students will be able to co-relate the things to what they have read in text book. Further, it will also help the students to visualize the situations in much better way and this will certainly expand their creativity.
Further, mass media will not only help students in school, it will also students in college too to understand their subjects in much better way. E.g. A engineering student can learn about engines, structures etc by watching programs related to automobiles, structural wonders etc. Also, a history student can learn more about the incidents in wolrd-wars by watching History channel, where in visuals of war are shown. Further, mass media will help not only in understanding the subject better but also in visualizing what students have read and in challenging their creative cells by posing new questions.
Further, mass media will also help the adults to understand their surroundings, nature etc in much better way than they could have learnt in any other way. Programs related to personal hygiene, health etc will help adults to maintain a good life and increase their curiosity in them selves. E.g. a program on breast cancer could catch the attention of a female and increase her curiosity to know more about it and also will help her in identifying the disease at an early stage.
To conclude, I support the statement that mass media will expand the curiosity and creativity of people. To support my argument I have given the examples of students in school, students in college and adults. I strongly believe that mass media will help all persons in life to understand their curricula, their surroundings and themselves in much betterway.
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