«A TV Schedule in the Hands of Whoever Holds the Remote» Essay

How to choose the right channel with appreciable programs and allow yourself to switch off the problems of daily routine in the armchair? The truthful and really worthy answer on this question is hiding in the article by David Carr opened to the fans of the time-wasters in front of their TV’s in The New York Times, which is also devoted television problem of 21st century. Taking to consideration that 21st century is a century high-developed technologies, the offered headline by Carr makes real sense. Why?

Because today we are rambling between the technologies that help us (people) to get what we agreeably want. It also concerns television. The people want to choose what exactly they want to see which turns problematic for them. Raising the question up-edge the author underlines how television changed since it has been launched for the first time. When the television has appeared in lives of people, it brought a new wave of entertainment that could change a boring amusement on incredible film with the favorite actor or catchy TV-shows etc.

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However, now, as the author mentions this entertainment transformed into the retail, if it is possible to say. There is also a place of fight for every detail that makes watching comfortable for the extra payment and it is well known what can turn out under the cover. For this reason, the audience is leaving and choosing the Internet. Concerning cohesion and coherence. For instance, the first sentence starts with “so far” that leads to the introduction of the problem in the text, showing the reality and proceeding to the past “even then”, “when”.

The coherence is supported with keywords that usually describe the problem – “television”, “stream”, “broadcast networks”, “audience”, “commercials” etc. The structure of the article is considered to be complicated where the facts consist of extracts that are united by the idea of the article. The author’s type of writing the article is predominantly discursive because the article persuades the reader to make a decision about what to change in his/her life about watching TV or staying loyal to the Internet.

He uses also a making a thought-provoking statement technique that is underpinned by the facts taken from business statistics and social life. The style of the article is informal where the description is from the 1st person. It is also expressed in direct speech and has moralizing slant which allows every person to draw their own conclusion about the object of the discussion in this very article. Finding stylistic devices in the article allows us to notice metaphors like: “riveted by the Ipad app” or “commercials sneak through”.

Personification, for instance, “video library controlled by the remote”. Rhetorical question in the end that bears the answer about “What is the best show is produced on AMC? – “The Walking Dead”. With this last paragraph I’d like to express my own opinion about this article and what was the aim of writing b the author. There are journalists or yellow press writers try to make profits on what is currently central in people’s life. By the way, he illustrated it in his article on example of TV-business.

However, he writes not only for us to read and compare but also tune into the beat of it and jump into our own conclusions, change something in our life which in the end will be the best priority. As for me, the article is nice enough and allows to discuss a lot about its topic but I did not like the structure of it because it is a bit chaotic (concerning the extracts). It is difficult to catch idea from the first time. Even so, I appreciate the spotlight of the central trends in the world.

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