Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Captivating Moving Picture Sensations: M-O-V-I-E-S kids just want their movies.

It is amazing how something we take for granted today could have captivated people over a hundred years ago. The Nickelodeons of the early 1900’s were so popular with everyone, but especially the young kids and adolescents. A reason for this was because it was cheap and everyone could go at once, along with the face that it was something completely new and exciting for their eyes. No longer did they have to read books or listen to stories, they could now sit and watch and be relaxed and not think about anything too much. It is very interesting that for as long as film and motion pictures have been around, schools and parents have had objections about their children watching it. Even when this was a new technology, the children flocked to it and put down their books. Educators felt that it was unfair to them to have to compete with motion pictures for the attention span of their students, but what could they do? The motion pictures could captivate and instill knowledge better then reading a book for most children and eventually motion pictures were being used in schools because it was a better way to keep the children interested about the topic. So as most schools are just now becoming friendly with technology and videos, we can look back and see that right when moving pictures became popular, schools were interested in using them because they knew it was a better way to grab young minds, much as they do now. The children were captivated with this new form of entertainment and would never let go.


At 8:59 PM, Blogger A. Mattson said...

Good discussion. Break up the paragraph into sections according to topic.

The tension between high culture/education and mass/popular culture did not begin with moving pictures. The power of the medium did make many middle class parents and educators anxious and it still does today. Big question: what should be the role of the state in regulating the content of the movies?


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