Television And Its Impact On Modern Society

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With the growth of modern society the question of whether or not television (TV) is dead has risen in order to try and help understand the ever developing digital age. The term ‘dead’, however, is perhaps an overstatement as television isn’t necessarily dead yet, it has simply been trying to stay relevant and essentially has been ‘dying’ since its commencement in the 1940’s. Firstly, we need to ask, what is television? Author, Elihu Katz, provides a perfect understanding in which he states that television is a technical device that over time has become entrenched within society as an organisation consisting of rules and roles in a setting of many social institutions (2009, p. 2). Secondly, it needs to be understood that as technology consistently progresses, the television medium has had to advance alongside it (Oren, Petro, 2004, p. 93). Over time however, the developments of television and technology have ironically been the main reason for the disruption of the medium, both television historians and theorists would agree. The addition of newer and better ways of creating, watching and advertising for TV has aided in its demise. Television is no longer a small box in the corner of a room with an antenna on the roof and that is precisely why it is considered to be dying. Through the exploration of the history of television, the reasons for its downfall can be easily uncovered, and considering this, the initial question can be asked – is television dead? This essay will
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