Philosophy of Recreation and Leisure

Philosophy of Recreation and Leisure

Philosophy of Recreation and Leisure

Philosophy of Recreation and Leisure

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This book deals with the leisure-time activities of adolescents and adults. Education as a process is discussed only as it lays the foundation for a wide range of leisure pursuits. It is a study of what men do with time made captive through the development of the machine. It stresses the startling and disturbing fact that the great masses of men are both ignorant and indifferent to the debilitating power and influence of this new giant of commercial mass communication in our midst.

Mass communication, on a commercial basis such as radio and television and motion pictures, has a responsibility which it has not met in any significant manner. Participation could be on an emotional level as it so often is in the theater or the opera if the programs have real merit. A radio or television program may move the listener and stimulate appreciation, thought, and action.

A clear distinction must be made between an individual who is a victim of mass communication and one who uses material encompassed by it in a creative way. Adolescents and adults are using tape recorders in the home and making their own recordings of radio programs, operas, and plays. Photography is proving to be a very valuable creative recreational activity. This includes the taking and development of pictures, the making of film strips, and a whole range of activities which could well be classified high on the scale as creative.

There are three reasons why mass communication programs are not likely to be helpfully stimulating. First, most commercial programs are not qualitatively high grade-- many are just uninteresting. In the second place, the instruments of mass communication are at a disadvantage because so few participate and so many just sit. The third reason is that they tend to present only one viewpoint and develop men who are willing for and expect their thinking to be done for them.

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