TELEVISIONSocial and Digital Media Literacy University of Georgia By Lexi Officer July 18, 2012
HISTORY John Logie Baird created the first working television set in 1925. The first person to appear on television was a young office boy inthe same building where Baird worked. He was paid around 60 centsfor his appearance. The first televised tennis match was broadcast on July 12, 1928. The first play entitled “The Queen’s Messenger” was broadcast onSeptember 11, 1928.
HISTORY The first broadcast of TV pictures began in Germany in 1935. American TV broadcasting began in 1941. Color television was created during the 1960’s The longest running television show was “Gunsmoke,” whichaired from 1955-1975.
ROLE/FUNCTION The role of television is mainly for entertainment purposes Provides News information Offers education purposes through documentaries, debates, anddiscussion series. Environmental awareness is also achieved through some televisionprograms
WELL-KNOWN EXAMPLES Gossip Girl The Walking Dead The Simpsons Pretty Little Liars South Park Desperate Housewives
IMPACT OF DIGITAL AGE Television has become available to watch on wireless devices (cellphones), laptops, computers and iPads/tablets. Many television channels and movie streaming companies havedownloadable Apps for these devices. One example is Netflix which has an App available for theiPhone.
FUTURE ISSUES Phone services are planning to wire all U.S. households foradvanced multimedia services, which may be a huge problem forcable services. When phone services complete this, they will be capable ofdelivering a much higher level of advanced services to homes.
QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF Would you prefer to watch television on your cell phone? Do you think that cable companies are in fear of losing businessdue to the development of new technologies?
REFERENCEShttp://www.bigsiteofamazingfacts.com/when-was-television-inventedhttp://www.funtrivia.com/askft/Question12551.htmlhttp://www.high-techproductions.com/historyoftelevision.htm“Old Media, New Media” Wilson Dizard Jr.
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