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ENTERTAINMENT. Objectives. During this section, you will: Think critically about the importance our society places on entertainment. Analyze how entertainment is used to sell products, and even ideas to the public.

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objectives
Objectives

During this section, you will:

  • Think critically about the importance our society places on entertainment.
  • Analyze how entertainment is used to sell products, and even ideas to the public.
  • Analyze how advertisers and the entertainment industry influence our perceptions of how life should be.
  • Reflect on how the concept of escalation effects entertainment
essential question
Essential question:

How does the quest to be entertained effect us as a society and how does media take advantage of that quest?

Dystopia

3pieces of evidence

Money Talks

2 pieces of evidence

Playing makes us happy

3 pieces of evidence

freewrite
Freewrite

Respond to one of the following quotes:

“Is adult amusement killing our children, or is killing our children amusing adults?” ― Marilyn Manson

“What the mass media offers is not popular art, but entertainment which is intended to be consumed like food, forgotten, and replaced by a new dish.” ― W.H. Auden, The Dyer's Hand

What do you think is meant by the statement you chose? Do you agree or disagree with what is being said?

dystopia
Dystopia
  • Remember that in Dystopian literature the author is often using an exaggerated, or worst-case scenario to criticize aspects of contemporary society.
  • Read the following passage, watch the clip and answer the questions on the following slide on a separate sheet of paper.
    • Feed page 116 starting with “She went, God there’s so much I need to do.” through the end of page 118. OrFahrenheit 451 page 69 (in the red book) through the page break on 71.
    • http://youtu.be/SirI7cJfnnI
dystopia questions
Dystopia Questions

Feed

  • What aspect(s) of our society do you think the author might be criticizing?
  • When you imagine things that you would like to do does it look like something you’ve seen on TV or a commercial somewhere? Is it possible to want to do something that you haven’t already seen someone else do?

Fahrenheit 451

  • What aspect(s) of our society do you think the author might be criticizing?
  • Do you agree that being entertained is not the most important thing in life? If other things are more important than why do we spend so much time, energy and money trying to find things to entertain us?
dystopia questions cont
Dystopia Questions Cont…

The Hunger Games by Susanne Collins is another example of a piece of Dystopian literature. If you are unfamiliar with the film or the book ask someone in your group to fill you in before you answer the following questions:

  • What aspect(s) of our society do you think Collins might be criticizing based on what is happening in this clip?
  • MMA fighting is one of the fastest growing forms of entertainment today. How is watching a cage fight different from watching the Hunger Games? How is it similar?
  • Consider what Bret “Hitman” Hart says in this clip: http://youtu.be/Xyfr_bMThuU . Based on what happened with professional wrestling and MMA, what do you think will be the next form of “entertainment”? Why?
money talks
Money talks

Take a look at Forbes Top 10 wealthiest celebrities under 30. http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mfl45egdjj/lady-gaga-23/.

On a separate sheet of paper answer the following questions:

  • What is it that these people are getting paid so much money to do? What are they contributing to society?
  • Why do you think that professional entertainers and athletes get paid more money than teachers, police officers, and other public servants?
  • What does this say about what we value as a society?
playing makes us happy
Playing makes us happy

Watch the first 10 min and 30 seconds of this TED talk. Reflect on the following questions and write your answers on a separate sheet of paper:

Do you agree or disagree with Jane McGonigal? Do you think that there is value in investing time and energy into playing games? Or in other words in being entertained? How do we decide which forms of entertainment are worthwhile and which are not?