The Heart of the Home: Television, shared experiences and space



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For previous generations, television has been an integral part of human life during the modern period. Shared experiences driven by television were there from first memories of watching Saturday morning cartoons to the Super Bowl. As new technologies fragment and take away the essence of what television once was in our homes, what will be the new heart of our homes? The unrealized impact of this technology on American society is currently underappreciated, unless one lived through its heyday during the 1950’s and 1960’s. This research looks at the history of television, the different broadcasting systems and networks, and how the physical components of television have evolved since the 1900’s to the present day. Over time television technology has grown exponentially not only in the United States but across the World. Television became an information provider and after its invention it became a gateway into places people had never seen before. It also became a cyclical framework in people’s lives and it created social norms that heavily influenced the standards of beauty and fashion.