Television Is Becoming Obsolete

By: Evan Frohock

Word Count: 649

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Television is continuously changing. In the 1920s, television became commercially available. Since then, television has been constantly molding and evolving. There are many things that contribute to the change in television. New technology is one thing that is always changing televisions. Competition and consumer needs are also continually changing television. With consumers using new hand held devices and computers, television development has been continuously changing over the past decades. Like hand held devices and computers, Web 2.0 is also changing television. Television has already hit its peak, and with developments such as hand held devices and Web 2.0, television is slowing becoming obsolete.

Many forces have shaped the development of televisions over the decades. One thing that has shaped the development of television is new technology. From the first picture on screen in 1926, to the latest flat screen televisions in 2015, new technology is always changing television. (Click HERE to watch a short clip on the evolution of television). Consumers are another big influence in the way in which television has changed. Some consumers want more than just a flat screen television to watch their favorite shows on. Today there are multiple different types of television. Sony is currently making a 3 dimensional television, to try to keep up with consumer needs. LG is currently making curved televisions, to ensure that wherever the viewer is, he/she can see the television. Bose is making a television that you can just hang up on the wall and receive surround sound from the television itself, with no speakers around the viewer. No matter what it is, television is forever changing to meet consumer requirements and requests. Despite how much consumers and technology have changed television, I personally believe that nothing has changed television quite like the creation of hand held devises, tablets, and modern computers.

New technology is slowly making television outdated. With the creation of iPhone, iPad, and other tablets, people do not feel the need to watch as much television. It is also just as easy to access television through tablets as it is to turn on a television and switch to the channel that you would like to watch. Web 2.0 is another factor in the continual change of television. Web 2.0 can be described as, “The second stage of development of the World Wide Web, characterized especially by the change from static web pages to dynamic or user-generated content and the growth of social media.” Web 2.0 gained a lot of traction, and is used by people on the Internet every day. Web 2.0 is easy, and everyone has the ability to use it. Tapscott and Williams, writers of the famous book “Wikinomics” suggest, “Whether people are creating, sharing, or socializing, the new Web is principally about participating rather than about passively receiving information” (2006:37). One example of Web 2.0 that is slowly making television dated is the growing company, “Netflix”. Netflix gives users the accessibility to watch popular television shows right from their phone, tablet, or computer.

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As we know, television in 2015 is different than television in 2000. In ten or fifteen more years, I personally see television as being out-of-date. We as a society are moving towards a world where television will not be used. With computers, tablets, hand held devices, and Web 2.0; television will be old-fashioned in another ten or fifteen years. As we analyze the chart to the left, it is noticeable that each year there is a decrease of time spent watching television. In 2011, the average weekly time spent watching television among 18-24 year olds was roughly 25 hours. The same survey was taken in 2014, and the average time came out to roughly 19 hours. Although six hours does not seem like much, each year this statistic has a larger gap. More and more people are straying away from the traditional way of watching television. With these changes in the Web 2.0 era, television as we know today will be obsolete in the near future.

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