Television and Visual Interest

Television and Visual Interest

In the book “The shelter of each Other” Dr.Mary Pipher argues that the television has played a major role in the context of the new community shaping. Dr Mary a lecturer and an author goes ahead to state that our daily chats, significant events and mutual friends come from the electronic community and that people confuse media personas with persons especially children though even adults get confused at times (Phiper,1996)

According to her, television depicts life to be more like drama, sex and love. The families in TV are totally different from those of real life. Normal life activities are underreported and suggest that our ordinary experiences are not of enough interest to document instead of ennobling them. Dr.Mary argues further that people are isolated from their leisure time by the TV. People spend much time watching than doing the ordinary activities of normal life like visiting each other, attending church services and playing together. Parents have ceased to be the main influence in their children’s lives. The media has played a major role in conditioning children to have their attention span highly dysfunctional, she argues. However the concentration of adults too has diminished making them media victims as well. People including children are exposed everyday to violence through movies and dramas (Scherer, 1998). The intensity and frequency of violent images are in the history of humanity unprecedented. Dr.Mary points out that through documented information the frequent exposure of children to such violence may desensitize them something that may make them become violent in future.

Dr.Mary argues further that the electronic media and the television have bred a community alongside totally different rules and structures from the traditional ones that have existed over the ages (Phiper 1996).


Pipher, M. (1996). The shelter of each other. Penguin.

Scherer, M. (1998). The Shelter of Each Other: A Conversation with Mary Pipher. Educational Leadership, 55(8), 6-11.

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