There's something about a moving picture on a screen that completely amazes us. How is it possible that someone can think of a regular human who gets bit by a spider and turn it into a movie with effects that boggle our minds? The TV revolutionized our human consciousness and paved way to Hollywood and some of the top movie agencies in the world. With anything new, comes something newer, and something newer, until the newer thing seems to be the last innovation, and then another one emerges. In this article we will be discussing the past ten years of the television's evolution, as well as how it has impacted our American culture.
A Decade Evolution of The TV
In 1876 a man by the name of George Carey imagined a device that would allow people to view pictures inside their home. In 1997, Panasonic developed the flat screen and the rest is history. But, what happened from 2007 to today? We will summarize these ten years one by one.
2007: In 2007, the great trend in television was the Liquid Crystal on Silicon. Although it created a slimmer television, it still weighted two hundred pounds.
2008: The next year, the Plasma Display Panel was the talk of the town. These had already been introduced ten years earlier, but didn't catch on. What kept them out of the television market was their price. People were not going to pay such a high price for what an LCD could offer.
2009: Top television manufacturers realized that the liquid crystals inside of computer monitors would help televisions tremendously. LCD stands for liquid crystal display, and these televisions became the most popular.
2010: The previous year's LCDs had a major flaw, and this was the fluorescent lamps they required. In 2010, TV manufacturers displaced the lamps, with LEDs. These LEDs allowed the televisions to have thinner panels, brighter displays, and minimized their power consumption. Most of the TVs of today are these thin LED displays.
2011: The major change in the television of this year, happened by replacing the LED with OLED (organic light emitting diode) which allowed for deeper blacks, and better color contrasts.
2012: In 2012 we saw some of the best movies come into the market. We also were introduced to polarization. This allows the television to show a blurry image that can then be seen as 3D with the paired glasses. The television became more of an event, than a simple habit.
2013: The 3D effect gets better. The major improvement from the previous TV was the way in which a person without the 3D glasses sees the display. While the person with 3D glasses is watching everything in 3D the person without them sees a regular display, without the blurriness.
2014: This TV was introduced towards the end of 2013, closer to 2014. This television introduced the Auto-3D characteristic, where people didn't need glasses to see the 3-D display. The only caveat to this is being situated in front of the television at the right angle.
2015: This year didn't see much of a breakthrough, just improvements of the previous television, and larger screen displays.
2016: HDR is introduced. HDR has provided the best resolution for any screen, not just television, but of course it has been implemented into most televisions being sold today.
2017: OLED has been around for years now, but the actual thickness of the television was revolutionized when LG released the OLED W7 television. With an average price of more than $10,000, this is the thinnest television ever.
Though the television has evolved from a blurred image inside of a man's brain, to a cube of many colors and sounds, now, the TV is something else. The TV has evolved into a screen that is as thick as aa few pieces of cardboard, and with wires that lay flat along the wall. This has changed our culture with every new television that has been released.
Television has been loved, so much so, that we can find at least one of these devices in any person's home. But, with every new improvement, has come a wave of innovation that's hit our culture and transformed it into something else.
We don't watch TV anymore, we go on YouTube. We don't catch our favorite shows, we record them and watch them later, or never. We don't go to the theater anymore, we wait until the movie is released, and watch it on YouTube for $5.99. We don't watch reality anymore, we're virtually in it.
If you think about it, television is not only that box we stare it while on the couch, it really is every screen that you watch. The actual definition of television is:
"a system for transmitting visual images and sound that are reproduced on screens".
This is what we mean when we say that we go on YouTube. Television is everywhere because screens are everywhere. At the same time, however, it is harder for people to keep focused attention on any broadcast. This is the reason why social media influencers, use the mini television channels to grow their audiences. It's easier for someone to check their instagram, snapchat, or catch a quick video, than sit down for an hour to watch a TV show.
In one sentence, the development of the television has changed our culture like this; we want a bigger, thinner television, to say we have it, but spend most of our watching time on our 5 in portable screens.
In conclusion, television is one among the best inventions. It allowed humans to transcend into a more creative, social, and fame driven species. With every innovation came more revenue, more TV shows, and constant testing to develop something better. Our culture has been influenced not only by the television, but by the way in which social media is slowly replacing the way we advertise, communicate, and spend time.