Johnson’s “Sleeper Curve”
Until reading this excerpt, I hadn’t ever really considered the idea that modern media was more than just idle entertainment. I too unintentionally looked down on video ‘gamers’ and those that watch reality TV, only seeing laziness in interests of that nature. However now I would say I agree with what Johnson was trying to promote with the “sleeper curve” idea. While baseball statistics and video games aren’t my cup of tea, there are plenty of other things in my life that could be seen as similar activities in relation to the sleeper curve. An example of this is the show Pretty Little Liars, which I watch religiously. To the average Joe, this show is just teenage girl-drama nonsense. However, if looked into there’s so much more at play. The person watching the show has to keep up with all of the constantly changing situations and relationships (not necessarily romantic), as well as consider character backgrounds, such as crimes committed, from previous episodes/seasons. If something major happens, it’s not just because; the watcher must consider motive and intention. Like Johnson referenced, this show illustrates the complexity of social networks and situational relationships. It’s both relatable and usefully educational, not only to teens in high school, but also to young adults about to embark on the journey of life in the real world.
Another major example is social media as a whole. Instagram, for instance, is an app in which you post pictures. Sounds simple, right? However there is a much deeper thought process involved than just ‘upload a picture’. In general, the understood objective is to have a good ratio of followers to following. This means that you want to have a lot more people ‘following’ you, than you ‘follow’. To do this, you post interesting pictures; you like other people’s photos so that they’ll be more likely to return the favor. You add a filter to the photo to make it...
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