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Though the movies have their aspects that set them apart from each other, making them two distinct tales, they share many similarities. They cover similar disasters, which involves a large object heading for Earth, how they decide to destroy the objects before they hit Earth, and men die for the sake of the people still living on Earth.
In Deep Impact, a teenage stargazer, with the help of a professional astronomer, discovers that a seven-mile-wide comet is headed straight for Earth. In Armageddon, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration learns that an asteroid the size of Texas, which is what remains of a meteor shower, is on a direct path for the planet. Both of these objects are large enough to completely destroy all life on Earth. Events such as these are referred to in these movies, as well as in real life, as ELEs, or Extinction Level Events. If plans are not formed and implemented in a timely manner to prevent the comet and asteroid from striking Earth, humanity will cease to exist as we know it.
Both movies take a similar approach to solving their dilemma. In Deep Impact, it is determined that the only way to destroy the comet is for astronauts and scientists to plant many nuclear bombs beneath its surface and have them detonated. Armageddon refers to a similar method and decides that scientists and a drill operator should drill a single nuclear device towards the asteroid’s core. The goals are to completely destroy the comet and split the asteroid into separate pieces, which will bring about less destruction and even offer the possibility that the remaining pieces will completely miss the Earth or else burn up in the atmosphere. In both cases, the teams and their methods are only partially successful. Instead of being entirely destroyed, the comet is split into two pieces, with each piece still heading for Earth and just as dangerous when they were a whole. In Armageddon, the asteroid does break into two
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Reality TV Shows and the American Identity: The Postmodern Situation.
More American young people can tell you where an island that the 'Survivor' TV series came from is located than can identify Afghanistan or Iraq. Ironically a TV show seems more real or at least more meaningful interesting or relevant than reality.” John Fahey The television is more sophisticated than it ever was since it commercially available during the 1920s.
The prominence of these TV shows in UK and other countries is indicated by the rising number of these programs together with the widening market base. The popularity of reality TV has important implications in the UK culture including the culture's quest for better entertainment, the moral degradation in the nation, and even the growing acceptability of being a deviant in the society.
So, too, is the range of topics on these shows, including everything from racism and domestic violence to alien abduction and vampirism. TV Talk shows have therefore become one predominant form of television entertainment that knows no territorial or cultural limitations (Abt and Leonard, 1997; Bruun, 1999).
The researcher states that media is even more potent than formal education, in that its effects seep into the subconscious and accost individuals wherever they may be, whatever time of the day. According to Paik and Cornstock, 98% of households have at least one television, 70% have more than one television, 70% have cable, and 51% of households with children have a computer.
The author agrees that sometimes TV shows like ‘Family Guy’ take it too far. Naomi Rockler states that today’s media has decreased our critical skills and have given more importance to petty consumerism. Sherry Turkle is also not happy about the manner in which cell phones and computers are undermining our public spaces and community.
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