Television and Americas Transformation

Since its birth in 1930, the television has played many roles in developing America. Not only has it been an everlasting source of entertainment since its birth, it supplies news and keeps society involved. Back in time, before television word of mouth was the only form of news. The development of the radio bonded people together and supplied entertainment, though once the television was invented it took over the country. The television opened Americans to reality. It allowed society to view news happening around the country including World War II, the first man landing on the moon, and musical performances. It now brings people together and allows entertainment and almost a sense of being connected to the country and the world. It has constantly been developing since its creation. Society is now able to digitally connect to the world, record anything and everything with a push of a button, and be there in real time during disasters and celebrations.

Nearly 98% of America’s population owns a television set (Leibowitz, 2006), and most of those people depend on television as a source of information and/or entertainment. As much as the invention of the television has brought American together in the living room, it also can be damaging. Many connect obesity to the obsessive use of television. The average American spends four hours a day watching television (Santo, 2008), it is even studied that many Americans spend more time concentrating on ‘what’s on TV’ rather than their nutrition. Not only does TV affect society’s nutrition, it is also said to ‘influence bad actions’. Acts of violence and profanity on television has been known to influence children and even adults. This has been an ongoing issue for years and is still being studied.

Although television has a few negative impacts on American society, it has greatly influenced the digital revolution and had developed greatly. In 1945 there were only 8 TV channels (Dominick, 2009), now television offers hundreds of channels including the ability to purchase movies at home from your television. It has opened society’s minds to entertainment and provided us a way to stay connected to the world with the click of a button. Society is now constantly connected and always up to date. Television has evolved and shaped America, and it will continue to do so within this digital revolution.



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