World Television Day (21st Nov, 2018)

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The earliest Television appeared in the 1800s and early 1900s. The first electronic Television was invented in 1927 by a 21 year old inventor named Philo Taylor Farnsworth. Earlier there were two types; the mechanical and electronic one. The world’s first television stations first started appearing in America in the late 1920s and early 1930s and the world’s first television remote control was called the Tele Zoom. Color television traces its roots as far back as 1904. In 2000 the Digital Video Disc (DVD) was first introduced and in the year 2010 3D televisions begun hitting the market. Television has the following important features;

  • Television is audio-visual, meaning that it can transmit pictures and sound in real-time.
  • It is a form of “mass media” which can be used to transmit messages to a large audience. As a result it can be used as a platform to voice good causes and promote democracy.
  • It inspires the mind and creates communities.
  • Television helps to stimulate the economy by conveying information that is relevant to business and economic activities. Advertisers similarly use it to reach consumers and build their brands.

Television serves to provide us with information about events happening around the world, it brings people and cultures together, it entertains and educates us and also acts as a form of escape from the daily reality.

Compiled by Grace C.Sitienei – University of Nairobi Library