The Domestic Impact of the Television and Computer Revolutio

The Domestic Impact of the Television and Computer Revolutio

The computer and the television are two of the most widespread communication devises used in today?s society, next to the telephone. The extent, to which they are used in society, and whether they are detrimental or advantageous does vary. However, the impact of these two revolutions on technology can be considered to have some similarities and differences between them. Whether it was in the 1950?s when the television came into the home or the 1990?s when the computer was domesticated, both of these technologies redefined the world?s attitude towards leisure. During the separate periods when both of these medias were introduced, people reallocated their leisure and work time in the home. This was made possible because both technologies in their early lives became affordable to the middle class family, and therefore they became part of the family?s relaxation together. For this reason, both technologies can also be said to have brought the family closer; however the television is a leisure product that seems to cater more for group activities than does the computer. The computer seems to have limitations when activities as a group are being considered. On one hand, the computer permits groups of individuals to browse the internet or play video games, yet the computer is more personalized than the television. One aspect of the computer that makes if personalized is its ability to bring people closer together by allowing person to person communication no matter where they are. Since the television is a media form where communication is broadcast from a single person to many people the television does not require any interaction or response; therefore, it permits the user to engage in other tasks while viewing. One area in which the computer has probably made more progress than television is its capability to encompass an individual with a pool of knowledge at the touch of a button. In closing, both technologies have brought about expanding…


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