Phillip AllenCOM 410- Children and MediaProfessor Hobbs09/26/12 Comparison of Old and New Media During this generation, technology has been found to be the biggest ruler of society.Where ever you turn there is a child watching high definition television, playing games on theirIPad, or even being interactive with their video games by moving around. The days of Atari andPac-Man are long gone and the new revolution of media has arrived. Children are now growingup in the new age of interactive and rapid media. One children’s television that comes to mind when thinking of interactive media isNickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer. This show has moved leaps and bounds through the childrenmedia sector being one of the first and most productive interactive educational television show.This show is about an animated Latin girl named Dora who finds herself travelling from place toplace, exploring new lands and making new friends. In these different places, she meetscharacters that speak Spanish and others that do math problems. She has many differentimportant materials that go with her to aid in her journeys like her backpack and the map. Thisshow has been proven to help children learn Spanish, become faster mathematicians, and teachvalues like not to steal and not to lie. Certain characters that help in teaching these values is afox named Swiper who loves to steal, and Tico the squirrel who helps teach different languages. This television show since its release in 2000, has been recognized by all ages as a formof educational television for younger children. This show become so well known for allowingchildren the opportunity during the show to answer questions and help Dora reach her
destination. What the producers do is after every question Dora asks the audience, they allowample amount of time before the characters start to speak again. This allows the audience,children, to become more likely to pay attention and learn for the simple fact of having to usebrain function to answer a question. While other television shows like Bob the Builder just try toteach the children values by properly portraying them during the show but the child just has toobserve, they are not allowed any time to interact. Many networks have tried to make as manyinteractive shows as possible to match the successful response of Dora the Explorer. Interactive media is what is allowing children to learn different subjects so quickly.Other forms of media such as application on the IPad can seem fun to the child, but as he or sheplays, they are learning different math or English skills. One show that also had a great impact on children but was around about 20 years ago wasBarney and Friends. This show was not animated but portrayed young children, like theaudience, interacting with a large purple and green dinosaur named Barney. Barney had manyother friends were Baby Bop, B.J., and Riff. All of these characters were different types ofdinosaurs. Children were able to have the imagination of there being colorful talking dinosaurswhile still having the reality of the values taught in the show. This show was not interactivemedia due to not allowing the audience to actively participate in the show, but it was successfuldue to one fact of Liking. Liking is a communication term used to describe how an audiencereacts to different people. For example, young views liked to watch Barney because they sawchildren just like themselves hanging out with Barney and playing games. This show taughtmany of the same values and lessons as Dora but did not receive the same amount of success.Some children would be dazed by focusing on the television so long and wouldn’t learn one
thing because they were day dreaming. But while watching Dora, the audience stays attentive tothe subject because many children already know there will be a question on it. These two very different television shows both had the same goal in mind; they wanted tosuccessful grab the audiences’ attention and properly communicate the different lessons andvalues of everyday life. The largest difference between the two is the growing popularity ofinteractive media. Dora the Explorer offers interaction and communication in the show whileBarney and Friends just showed the children the values and lessons. During the timeresearching the two different shows and comparing them, I think that if Dora was available to mygeneration, would have my academic path turned out and differently?
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