Media Critics Beavis and Butt-head Essay

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Media Critics Beavis and Butt-head

According to Douglas Rushkoff's in his article Hating What Sucks, Beavis and Butt-head are
media critics, instructing viewers on how to criticize music videos. I believe the way
Beavis and Butt-head go about their criticism and commentary is undermining our value
system.

In TV's Anti-Families: Married . . . with Malaise, Josh Ozersky states "no one who watches
TV is going to stop because they see TV criticized." He goes on to say that we feel
flattered by this criticism and continue watching television anyway. Beavis and Butt-head
can be seen in the same light when they criticize music videos on MTV. "In doing so they
again demonstrate for us how to watch TV in the nineties," according to Rushkoff.

I can only interject that when we watch TV being criticized by these characters we feel a
sort of power from the knowledge their criticism gives us. But is this the only thing
keeping our eyes glued to the tube? Ozersky writes, "TV has never shown us TV; rather, it
shows itself to us as a laughable, absurd, and harmless entity, much like the characters
on its shows." The criticism of TV doesn't go far enough to keep us from watching it. We
feel that TV is harmless and this is what keeps us going back for more.

Beavis and Butt-head qualify as being dysfunctional. So is this the kind of show you would
find many cultural values in? Rushkoff argues that the show "promotes viewer awareness by
allowing us to witness area where the characters' own detachment has been compromised." He
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