History of Television
One can find them everywhere. Everyone owns at least one; most families have three or four of them. They can be found in restaurants, airplanes, work places, schools, even in bathrooms! Yes, televisions! From the original tiny black and white boxes to the extravagant all size high definitions televisions of today, everyone’s life has been touched on at least one occasion by something they witnesses or heard about on TV. Most of us grew up on television. We viewed a different outlook on war with the imbedded reporters in the Viet Nam War. Before television, people would flock to the movie theaters to watch film for news updates. Everyone knows where he or she was when the terrorists attacked the World Trade Center Towers on September 11. The O.J. Simpson Trial captivated an entire country for months. Homes and companies would also benefit with increased security as closed circuit television allowed for the surveillance of their homes and businesses. Another progress made was the popularity of cable television. We no longer only have three or four stations to choose from. Most people now have access to hundreds of television programs, ranging from entertainment, news, sports and, education. Video games also became popular as well as companies inventing a way to record our favorite programs for later viewing. First came VCRs to record our programs, but nowadays most people prefer to just record through their cable company, commonly called “tivoing.” Except for the invention of the airplane and the automobile, nothing has done more to shape history than television.
While family dynamics has changed since the transition from radio to television, the fact is television is part of our daily lives. This essay will show technological advances, it will also show how programming has changed over the years.
The Golden Age of Radio was from 1930-1950. Many families spent time listening to the radio. The family would make it an...