Short Research Paper #3: Television Rules the Nation

Television has no doubt been an extremely influential technology across the globe that transformed the way people perceive the outside world. However, it has also become a major form of media that has been involved in controversy since the first televisions rolled out up until the present day. The history of television is quite interesting with its roots in old school projectors and having to rely on signals transmitted by satellites orbiting the planet. Now everybody who grew up in the 1990’s has fully witnessed the change from big, chunky televisions to smooth, higher resolution flat screen t.v.’s. Yet, despite all this, televisions started out much smaller than chunky, “grandfather” style t.v.’s and only had three or four channels that were all in black and white. Actually, it has been almost 55 year since the fist satellite was sent up for the sole purpose of transmitting a televised signal across multiple countries.

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Television has been an incredible tool for the expansion of culture through music, films, and t.v. shows but it has also caused issues across the board for various reasons. First is that the media, aka news sources, have become so politically charged that it is almost impossible to receive 100% legitimate facts anymore. Also, television has become a staple for multiple generations now as they grow up and that has led to problems with the images that children are exposed to. Not just in the realm of violence or sex, but body image for women and what it means to be masculine for men have all been reoccurring concerns for future and current young people.

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All in all, television has become so concrete in peoples lives that we had to create divisions within the Federal Government just to regulate what is allowed to be shown publicly. Scientists had a hunch early on about the negative effects from watching too much of it and we now know that too much television is bad fro you physically and can damage your eyesight due too much blue light exposure. So its both a give and take, just as there are pros and cons to most types of mass produced technologies, the same goes for television. Despite the many ways the television has brought humanity together and revolutionized the entertainment industry, it has brought new concerns and controversies along with it.

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  4. http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/newsplus/prolonged-television-viewing-linked-to-increased-health-risks/
  5. Just for fun, Daft Punk: Television Rules the Nation/Crescendolls Live- https://youtu.be/Hg3G1E2tNCA