Lab #7

Lab #7

I remember the first time that I watched SpongeBob Squarepants. I was in 2nd grade and I had just gotten off the bus with my two older brothers. In the episode, SpongeBob was teaching Patrick how to blow bubbles (You must know him, he’s the funny starfish with the floral surf shorts who lives under a rock). I remember that SpongeBob blew an elephant shaped bubble and Patrick said: “Look, it’s a giraffe’’. My brothers were almost crying of laughter and I remember being extremely confused. Why was that so funny? That is obviously not a giraffe. Are they laughing because Patrick made a mistake? I just didn’t get it. I mean, an elephant shaped bubble is impressive, but I didn’t see what was so funny about it. Maybe I was just too young to grasp the sophisticated humor used by the sponge and his starfish friend. Every episode was full of absurd jokes that made my brothers crack up, but I still didn’t understand why they were so funny. Then one day, it became clear to me; there was absolutely nothing to understand about SpongeBob Squarepants. It was a cartoon that was based on idiotic jokes and irrational concepts… And I loved it. I started binge watching SpongeBob Squarepants with my friends. I remember quoting the TV show at school, at the dinner table and in my sleep. It was stupidly intelligent…

Hi, my name is Miranda Côté and I am a SpongeBob-o-holic.

Throughout my childhood, my brothers and I probably watched more TV then the average child. Blue’s Clues, Sesame Street, Barney and Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood were few of the many shows that we watched on a daily basis. My parents monitored the time spent and the content that we were exposed to while watching TV. I remember that they were not too fond of us watching Teletubbies as well as SpongeBob Squarepants. One might ask why my parents were not open minded when it came to creatures who had TVs on the bellies or sponges who lived in pineapples under the sea. Well in all honesty, the answer was beyond me…

Many people believe that television shows can have a negative impact on a child’s intelligence. Even though this statement can be somewhat accurate, I believe that there are indeed shows that do not allow children to acquire any type of useful knowledge. However, there are actually many educational television programs that allow the viewers to gain lexical, social, verbal and lifestyle goals. Parents play an important role when it comes to monitoring their children’s exposure, so they cannot blame the TV shows if they are teaching them and [to be continued]

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