Television In The 1920's Essay

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There are very few things in existence that can impact and help shape many parts society as television is able to do. With just the press of a button, a person can gain a front row seat to different aspects of the world such as politics, news updates, entertainment, or travel, without having to leave the comfort of their living room. Information wasn’t always this easy to attain though. Television, an everyday amenity, took decades of time and research for inventors to create. America during the 1920’s had very little in means of communication when compared to today’s media. There were newspapers being printed everyday and telephones were being sold, although they were typically too expensive for the average family to own at the time. The main source of media communication for majority of people was the radio. At first radios were invented for military purposes, but after they were massed produced for families to own. It was with the radio in mind that Philo Farnsworth first thought of…show more content…
How it worked was that an image, read by a lens, would be displayed on a plate where it would be scanned by electrons. The electrons would bounce back, being created into an eclectic impulse where a receiving transmitter would pick up the image and show it on a screen. After countless hours of research, Philo Farnsworth sold his final product to RCA, where he would still collect royalties. While the TV became more popular, it was still too expensive for most, aside from wealthy families. Many people only watched television when they were out in bars or in shopping in stores. It wasn’t until 1947 when Earl William Muntz started selling his own version of a television for $175.00, making it incredibly more affordable for the average family. After Muntz sold his TVs for cheaper, all competitors dropped their prices too. By the end of 1949 there were nine million TV sets in
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