Annotated Citations

1) Zuckerman, Diana M., and Barry S. Zuckerman. “Television’s Impact On Children.” Pediatrics 75.2 (1985): 233. Academic Search Premier. Web. 2 Apr. 2012.

This article is about the major impact that television has on children in four main categories: children’s aggressive behavior, racial and sex-role stereotypes, decreased interest in reading and school activities, and poorer health habits and attitudes.  I plan to use the section on children’s decreased interest in reading and school activities and possibly the racial and sex-role stereotypes as this may give insight into how television affects body images.  These sections will be used to show television’s negative effects on children.


2) Lester-Britton, Roberta. “Young Children May Begin to Develop Eating Disorders by Watching TV.” Associated Counselors & Therapists. (2000): n. page.

This article is about how children as young as elementary students can develop eating problems by watching television.  Television viewing increases children’s exposure to dieting images, ideas, and behaviors and children are more likely than adults to model viewed behaviors.  There is also a study in this article that shows 6 to 8 year old girls and boys develop beliefs about the ideal body shape and fat stereotyping through watching their favorite characters on television.  I plan to use the main points from this article to show that television affects children’s body image in a negative way as early on as elementary school.


3) Miller, Daphne. “Televisions effects on kids It can be harmful.” CNN Health . 20 August 1999: n. page. Web. 2 Apr. 2012. <>.

This article is about how television negatively impacts children’s development in many areas such as school performance, behavior, health, and sleeping habits.  I plan to use the section of this article that talks about how viewing television is correlated with poor school performance because watching television takes away time from homework or having stimulating interactions with other people.  

4) . “TV and Children: Television, Health, and Developement.” . University of Washington, n.d. Web. 15 Apr 2012. <>.

This article is about how television affects the health and development of children.  The article goes into the affects on brain development, school performance, physical health, and strategies on how to reduce the impact of children.  I plan to use the section of the article that talks about how watching television impacts school performance and physical health.  

5) E.J.M. “Of Many Things.” America 174.17 (1996): 2. Academic Search Premier. Web. 16 Apr. 2012.

This article is about the shocking number of hours children today watch television and how before television was invented people got a long just fine without this sedentary activity. This article also provides many statistics about the amount of time children spend watching television and what percentage of homes have television sets.  I plan to use this article for their statistics.   

Research Proposal: Television’s Influence on Children

Topic: Television’s Influence on Children

Purpose: With this research I want to better understand all sides of this dilemma.  This is an important research topic because knowing the impact of television on children needs to become aware to all parents in order to promote healthy and positive development in children. 

Writer: This research topic is important to me because I am going to be a Child Psychology major and the media’s effect on children is a huge dilemma in psychology today.  I also have a seven-year-old sister so it is very interesting to me to see how the television shows she is watching now is impacting her in the present and how it will impact her in the future.

Audience: I imagine my audience to be parents and the media in general.  I want to convince parents to be more cautious with what programs they allow their children to watch and at what age as well as realize the influence they have on their children.  I also want to convince the media that what they put on television is seen by people of all ages and that they need to be aware of their impact on children. As of now I think parents and the media understand that television affects children in terms of products and ideas for how to act but they are not quite aware on how it impacts them developmentally and emotionally.

Working claim – My position on this issue is that television negatively impacts children’s development.

Three (preliminary) supporting arguments

1.   Shows jump from cartoons for infants to Nickelodeon for preschoolers that present actors older than preschoolers for them to aspire to be at a younger age. This causes children to grow up too fast. 

2.   Can affect learning and school performance, as it cuts into time kids need for activities crucial to healthy mental and physical development. 

3.   Body image problems due to photo shopped advertisements and sexual content. 

Three (also preliminary) counterarguments

1.   Certain programs can be educational.

2.   It can keep children entertained and out of other mischief. 

3.   TV shows can inspire kids to try new activities and experience things they wouldn’t see otherwise. 

What types of evidence will you be looking for?

I will be looking for facts, statistics, and expert testimonies. 

Three possible research questions

1.   How do television shows and media impact children?

2.   What are the major concerns relating to television and children’s development?

3.   How does television negatively impact children’s development?


            When I first started thinking about what I would be interested in writing about for this paper my mind went directly to music.  Now a days there are so many artists that remix, so how was I to choose just one? Or would I choose one song or many songs from one artist.  I decided to focus on one of my favorite dubstep artists, Bassnectar, who has remixed many songs by Ellie Goulding, Prince, The Bangles, Metallica, and more.  My plan is to pick a few songs that Bassnectar has remixed such as the ones by the artists above and then go through the process of remixing.  First, I would look at the original songs and artists and find out how they came to be written and recorded.  Once I describe the original works I would then be able to go into detail about the remixed works.  I would research how Bassnectar came to choose the songs he remixed, whether he reached out to the artists or they reached out to him, and then his process of remixing.  Finally, I could compare and contrast the meaning of the songs from the original version to Bassnectar’s and how that has changed after remixing.  Also, at some point, most likely before I get into his works, I could give a brief intro into who Bassnectar is, how and when he got his start, and why he choose dubstep and remixing instead of other forms of music.  Overall, I will be analyzing the process of remixing and how it changes the meanings of songs.

Colorful Quotes from Avatar Reading

-In the US, to talk about race is to be seen as racist. You become the problem because you bring up the problem. So you find people who are hesitant to talk about it.

-This is a classic scenario you’ve seen in non-scifi epics from Dances With Wolves to The Last Samurai, where a white guy manages to get himself accepted into a closed society of people of color and eventually becomes its most awesome member.

-These are movies about white guilt.

-Avatar is a fantasy about ceasing to be white, giving up the old human meatsack to join the blue people, but never losing white privilege.

-When whites fantasize about becoming other races, it’s only fun if they can blithely ignore the fundamental experience of being an oppressed racial group.

Self Evaluation

Talk about your process writing this portion of the draft. What came easily for you?

I thought it was relatively easy to find Lessig’s main points and arguments since he gave so many to choose from.  It was also pretty easy to write a summary since we are exposed to examples of these with the novels we read, etc. 

What were the major struggles of this draft? Be specific.

One of my major struggles was knowing whether or not what I wrote was considered a “summary”. At times I felt like I was throwing some of my own bias into it and not necessarily summarizing it. Another struggle I had was finding ways to paraphrase what Lessig said since he said it with such grace, it was hard to find another way to say his arguments and not take away from its meaning. 

Let’s talk about time management. How did you balance the researching and writing of this partial draft? In what ways could you improve?

There wasn’t any research for this paper so that didn’t take any time but I did re-read the section of the text before I wrote the draft to remind myself of Lessig’s main arguments.  I could improve by taking notes the first time I read the selected pages so I wouldn’t have to go back and fully read it.  I also could of left myself more time to write the draft instead of the night before it was due. 


Now, a to-do list: write at least five (5) things you need to do before you hand in your summary portfolio to Chrissy on Monday, February 13th. Be specific. Do not write “finish the paper.”

1) Write a more sound conclusion; a more definite ending.

2) Revise and edit any mechanical errors.

3) Possibly have another peer revise my draft or go to the writing center.

4) Choose a title.

5) Look it over and see if I can make it sound more like a summary.

The Ecstasy of Influence Discussion Questions

1. If all ideas are secondhand, how do we determine whether someone’s work is plagiarism or a piece of work influenced by a master?

2. As an artist, getting your song, book, or photo out there is what you want most, so why do they let agents, guilds, and advocates take over and penalize those who are inspired by their work? Who should make the decision?

3. Where do we as a society decide the difference between a meaningless copy, an inspired idea, a remix, and plagiarism?

About Me!

My name is Taylor Mantz, I am nineteen years old and a freshman at the University of Minnesota.  As of right now I am hoping to become a Child Psychologist and more specifically work with children and their families suffering from cancer.  I have a sister Lauren who is six years old and loves to imitate everything I say and do.  Lauren is also one of the reasons I want to work with children since I was at an old enough age when she was born to really grasp the concepts of child development from birth and forward.  I was on the high school swim team, played the violin, and was part of a service group in high school.  For fun I do whatever comes my way but for the most part I love running, watching movies, hanging with friends (which is easy entertainment) and traveling.  I have traveled to Italy, Hawaii, California, and a few other states in the US. I would love to go to New York some time soon! Either spring semester of my sophomore year or fall semester of my junior year I would like to study abroad in Ireland.  Some other goals I have are to go to graduate school (in a warmer state hopefully) and to work in a big hospital or possibly in a practice of my own some day.  A few adventures I would like to go on are skydiving and to backpack around Europe or some other country.