Essay about How Television and The Internet Have Changed The World

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The newspaper can be considered the original form of media that allowed physical boundaries to be crossed and addressed information that was of public interest. Newspapers created a sense of perceived timelessness, the idea that information could be read by anyone at any time. It reflected the issues of the day and gave a medium for which society could discuss these issues, no matter their physical setting. It extended ideas of community, giving the public a sense of identity while satisfying societies need for information of events whether they were there or not. Newspapers provided a certain freedom for society. Members of the family could congregate around, for example, the dining room table and discuss the issues of the event. This …show more content…
Having the television on almost becomes habit, and acts as a time keeper. (Everyday life in (front of) the screen: the consumption of multiple screen technologies in the living room context p. 196)
For example, early morning television such as breakfast shows follow a routine of repeating the current day’s news. This is because early morning viewership is quite disjointed; people jump in an out as they rush to get ready for the work day. This contrasts with the evening news, which is a more focused and structured broadcast. (Moores. S, p. 66)
The broadcasting of television does not just continue its routine flow however, for sometimes large societal events happen that interrupt the dailiness of the routine. These events can be unexpected and shocking, such as the Boston Marathon bombings, or grand planned occasions, such as the recent Royal Wedding. It is here where our routine goes beyond simply watching a greatly disjointed broadcast (Moores. S, p. 66). When events such as these happen, the routine is interrupted and thus our attention increases ten-fold. The live broadcasting of the event acts as a bridge that transports us to its very location, the television is able to deliver an impression of presence. It extends the media’s reach across vast geographical distances (The media and the public, p. 27). The effect is amplified when the event disturbs what would otherwise be a routine broadcast. The Boston

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