Dale Fidurko, firstname.lastname@example.org
The television itself has changed an unbelievable amount since it was
first invented. Seen below is a picture of what an early television in
any American families home that was lucky enough to be able to afford
such as luxurious amenity.
An Early Television in a Home
These early televisions were characterized by their tiny screens, black
and white pictures, and turn dial controls. Below is pictured a modern
day television that could be found in practically any household in the
world. However similar the early television this modern day television
is not something is common in every household. The television itself has
become a mainstay however expensive televisions such as below are only
owned the few.
A Modern Television in a Home
In 1884, the first electromechanical television was developed by a German
student by the name of Paul Gottlieb Nipkow. However the mere invent of
the television did not mark the beginning of the broadcast television
era. Over nearly the next half of a century several improvements were
made to Nipkow’s initial design. Entirely new designs such as the
Electronic Television and the Color Television would soon follow.
However the invent of the television did not directly coincide with the
implementation of broadcast television as we know it today. In the United
States, broadcast television first began in the 1930’s. On the map
below the approximate decade that broadcast television began on a per
country basis can easily be seen. It is noteworthy that besides the US,
parts of Europe and Asia also began broadcast television in the 1930’s.
Also parts of South America and Africa began broadcast television in the
of Television Broadcasts
In the United States, the first states to have commercially licensed broadcast
television networks were New York and Pennsylvania. These networks were
created in 1941. However the first actual broadcasts happened over a decade
before this in the US. The first actual scheduled television broadcast
happened on July 2, 1928 in a Washington, DC suburb, however initially
only silhouette images were first broadcast. On July 21, 1931 the first
regular 7 days a week television schedule was introduced by CBS’s
New York station.
According to dictionary.com, communication is defined as the imparting
or interchange of thoughts, opinions, or information by speech, writing,
or signs or means of sending messages, orders, etc., including telephone,
telegraph, radio, and television. Now with the invention of broadcast
television the ways that ideas were exchanged began to change rapidly.
Hence the way that communication was done was changing rapidly. This was
similar to the way that the invention of the radio years earlier revolutionized
To this point in time as it can be seen from the previously mentioned
map the vast majority of countries in the world have developed at least
one broadcast television channel. In some third world countries this television
channel or network of channels is not available to a very high percentage
of the population due to economic reasons. However in many of the countries
of the world the vast majority of the population of the countries has
regular access to television. The fact that these millions of people have
access to such network of different avenues of communication is quite
astounding. This enables people of different backgrounds, cultures, and
ethnicities to share their culture and ideas with others.
There are many views on the impact that television has had on the people
of our planet as a whole. Some of these views are positive and some on
the other hand are negative. Alfred Hitchcock once said, “Television
has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it, as well
as contributing to the need for it.” Hitchcock is saying that television
has had a great impact on the treatment of mental disorders, by spreading
information on the subject to driving people insane to the point that
they need mental help. By saying this Hitchcock, who is a well respected
movie director from the 1950’s through the 1970’s is attempting
to convey his view that television has both good and bad results.
Today one of the biggest parts of the television broadcasting networks
is the commercials. Commercials are merely paid advertising that is shown
in between clips of sporting events, movies, or television shows. For
example let us take a look at the Super Bowl from this past year. Millions
of people tuned into this past years NFL Super Bowl and many of these
people did not even tune into watch the game, but to watch the commercials.
According to CNN.com, CBS reportedly sold 30 second ads to eager companies
for 2.6 million dollars. This is an insane amount of money for 30 seconds
of airtime. However the amount of people that were communicated through
this 30 second ad must be a good economic investment as the amount of
money for one of these 30 second Super Bowl ads has increased nearly every
In the end, television has played an extremely large part I the way that
the modern world communicates. In reality, the television may have revolutionized
the way that our world works more than any other one thing except possibly
the internet. However there is no good way to make a comparison between
the internet and the television as the internet is far too young. The
internet has only been around for a few decades and the television is
fast approaching the century mark.