McLuhan: Can we trust the Trojan Horse?

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March 19, 2013 by Welcome to the Jungle

Marshall McLuhan quote study

by Samantha T.

I chose the quote “I would suggest that if you put the TV in the classroom, it would blow the classroom to bits. The teaching process would be completely transformed: it would be exactly like bringing the Trojan horse inside the walls of Troy.”

I think that this quote means that you can’t fully trust what is shown on a television, because it can influence teenagers and children to think a different way than the education systems may want their students to think. Teachers try to teach us unbiasedly, but in the media there is always a bias, and students are of an impressionable age where they can still be persuaded to think a certain way. In some cases such a government, and politics that can be a bad thing. I agree with Marshall McLuhan’s statement, seeing as I have seen it happen. If you added televisions to classrooms of course they won’t necessarily blow up but it could have a huge impact on the students learning.

This quite relates to media studies because it gives you insight about how the media is affecting young students in classrooms. Advertisers and shows are constantly trying to persuade people to buy their products and become consumers, and no matter what even if it was educational it would still be biased. It is just showing a better understanding about what would happen if all students were exposed to the media in a classroom setting.

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