The Role of Television in Today's Society

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The Role of Television in Today's Society Has this technical box indoctrinated our minds with useless facts and images or has it given us a sensation of enjoyment, education and pure entertainment? Television has become ubiquitous across the globe. Nearly every household in Britain owns at least one television if not more. In my house we have three. For the past 80 years, this piece of technology has become more popular, cheaper and becoming more advanced. In London, 27th January 1926, John Logie Baird demonstrated the first fully working television. Two years later, the colour television was shown to the world. Though it was not until December 1953, that the colour system was adopted for broadcast in the USA. The first high-definition television service in the world was the BBC in November 1936. Television images started off with fuzzy, distorted black and white pictures. We now live in an era, where there's digital surround sound television systems. It was only after about twenty years after the first demonstration of the television, that television actually became popular. Before then, it was a great luxury to own one, as it was so expensive, not many people could afford it. It has now become a necessity, nearly every home now owns one. When flicking through holiday brochures, you check if the hotel has a television. You can buy a television from as low as £50. In 1956, the first video player was invented in California. People could now record programmes and watch them later or buy videos to watch. This meant people now could watch more by being able to watch one programme while recording another to watch later. In 1973, tele... ... middle of paper ... ... moneymaking scheme, but not everyone can afford it, which is a problem if the government plans to turn everyone into a digital user someday, though it is becoming increasingly popular. I overall think television can be good for you. We can learn a lot from it, quicker and more enjoyable. We can be updated with around the world news coverage and be warned of any arousing dangers. Other programmes we watch purely for our own entertainment, but it doesn't mean that television has to take over our lives, that all depends on the person's own will power or if you're a child, the parent's restrictions. I think that we still have much to expect from the development of the world's most powerful 'mind controller' I think there is much to come yet and we'll continue to watch more of it, see more of it and demand more from it.

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