Views #1470 | High-Beginner 3

Media - Then and Now

Meg and Todd compare media in the past and present.
Transciption of Audio

Meg: Hey Todd, so continuing talking about then and now, I was thinking we could switch to talking about just life in general.

Todd: Sounds good.

Meg: So my first question for you is are movies today more interesting than before?

Todd: Well. I'm gonna sound like an old guy, but I would say no, movies are not more interesting today. Movies were much better, twenty, thirty years ago. The stories were better. They were more interesting. These days movies just have too much special effects, and there's too many movies about superheroes. I hate movies about superheroes. So yeah, I think movies used to be more interesting. What do you think?

Meg: I have the opposite opinion of you. I think movies today are more interesting than before. Maybe I'm too used to a lot of special effects, so when I watch some older movies, the story might be interesting, but I get a little bored watching it and actually I love superhero movies.

Todd: Oh really?

Meg: So I would say that yes, any superhero movies - Spiderman or Batman especially is my favorite so those movies for me are more interesting than in the past.

Todd: OK, well we're talking about comparatives, so who's cooler Batman or Spiderman?

Meg: Oh, Batman. Hands down.

Todd: I'm sorry. I think Spiderman's really lame. I've never liked Spiderman.

Meg: He kind of whines a lot.

Todd: He looks like a kid in his pajamas.

Meg: He is a kid in his pajamas.

Todd: Maybe that's it.

Meg: Whereas Batman has a lot of skills that he's developed himself, so.

Todd: True, true. OK, well how about Batman, so like who is better?

Meg: Who is the best Batman?

Todd: Yeah, so who is better? Who was the last one? It was ...

Meg: Well, the most recent Batman was Ben Affleck, but I didn't watch that one

Todd: OK.

Meg: So before that, there was Christian Bale

Todd: Oh, that's right.

Meg: So without having seen Ben Affleck, I would still say that Christian Bale was a better Batman.

Todd: Yeah, I'm sure. I'm sure. OK, so let's talk about other things. How about the news? With news are you more knowledgable these days than before, say five ten years ago?

Meg: Actually, I think I am less knowledgable than before. There's a lot of news out there, and it's easy to access the news but there's so much news coming from so many sources, I'm now sure which news service is more trustworthy, so I think it's more difficult now to find the correct news. The true news. What do you think?

Todd: I agree. Sadly I think I am less knowledgable because before I would read the newspaper, or I would read magazine articles or I would listen to better news stories on the news. These days I just look at a Facebook headline and I don't even read the article, so I don't even know what's going on sometimes. Which is terrible for a man my age.

Meg: Terrible for anyone I think.

Todd: Yeah, I think it's because I think the news was more honest than before, than now, sorry. I think the news is less honest these days. It used to be more honest. I just don't trust the news anymore.

Meg: Yeah, I don't really trust it either.

Todd: Yeah, less trustworthy.

Meg: So along those lines, would you say social media makes like better or worse for people?

Todd: I think it's both, like I think it's you know, three points better, two points worse, so it's a negative. It's better because you can keep track of so many family members, especially if you're far away, so I like how it connects people, yeah, it just makes people sad sometimes, or makes them frustrated about their life maybe, so yeah, I don't think it makes life better. But I'm an old guy, so...

Meg: Yeah, I think it's true. I think there are scientific studies to show that because of social media, people compare themselves too much so it's quite appropriate that we are talking about comparison because people will see other people's lives on social media that look quite good and they will compare themselves and feel bad about themselves, o for some people I think it has made it worse, but like you, I agree that some points are better like seeing pictures from my family.

Todd: Yeah, so true.

Learn vocabulary from the lesson!

life in general

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We could talk about just life in general.

Life in general refers to everyday life. Notice the following:

  1. Let's talk about life in general.
  2. We just talked about life in general.

opposite opinion

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I have the opposite opinion of you.

When you have the opposite opinion, you disagree with someone. Notice the following:

  1. He says it is healthy. I have the opposite opinion.
  2. I like him, but my wife has the opposite opinion.

hands down

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Oh, Batman. Hands down.

We use the phase hands down to show that a choice is easy to make. Notice the following:

  1. I prefer coffee, hands down, to tea.
  2. Summer is hands down my favorite season.

whine

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He kind of whines a lot.

When you whine about something, you complain about it. Notice the following:

  1. He whines about everything.
  2. You need to stop whining.

for a man my age | for his age

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Which is terrible for a man my age.

This phrase, for a person my age, means you should act according to your age. Notice the following:

  1. That outfit is not good for a man his age.
  2. His hobby is strange for a man his age.

along those lines

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So along those lines, is social media bad for people?

Here, along those lines means concerning or in relation to. Notice the following:

  1. Along those lines, I agree with you.
  2. Along those lines, what do you think?
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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Complete the sentences with the words below.
in general • opposite opinion • hands down
whine • age • along
  1. This was his best movie.
  2. You like it. I have the . I hate it.
  3. She should act more like a person her .
  4. My brother loves to about his wife.
  5. Well, those lines, I agree with you.
  6. So, how is life for you these days.