A History of Television, the Technology that Seduced the World

The Guardian‘s Andrew Anthony reflects on the small box that made a big impact, and asks where TV is taking us next:

Like most people my age – 51 – my childhood was in black and white. That’s because my memory of childhood is in black and white, and that’s because television in the 1960s (and most photography) was black and white. Bill and Ben, the Beatles, the Biafran war, Blue Peter, they were all black and white, and their images form the monochrome memories of my early years.

That’s one of the extraordinary aspects of television – its ability to trump reality. If seeing is believing, then there’s always a troubling doubt until you’ve seen it on television. A mass medium delivered to almost every household, it’s the communal confirmation of experience.

On 30 September it will be 84 years since the world’s first-ever television transmission.

Read more at http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2013/sep/07/history-television-seduced-the-world

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