TV & American Culture 1950-1990

4 April 2015
Changes in society & in programming & advertising. Information, propaganda, censorship, violence, parenting, ethics.

Ever since the emergence of commercial television broadcasting in the U.S. in 1941, when a mere eighteen stations were authorized by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to begin construction (Head & Sterling, 1982, p. 184), the medium of television has assumed an ever-increasing role in the lives of Americans. In the aftermath of World War II, several technological developments proved pivotal to the widespread acceptance of television: on March 18, 1947, the FCC reaffirmed the technical standards first announced in 1941 for black-and-white television (known as NTSC–indicating that it had no plans to adopt color standards in the immediate future, the availability of the image orthocon camera tube (first introduced in 1945) drastically reduced the need for massive amounts of light in studios, and the expansion of intercity…
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