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Impact of Televison on the USA in the 1960(TM)s

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Impact of Televison on the USA in the 1960's The 1960's in the United States was a time that changed the face of the country culturally, socially, and politically, but perhaps the most important change was the popularization of the television. TELEVISION BROUGHT THE PUBLIC SPHERE INTO THE PRIVATE AND INTURN CHANGED THE CULTURE AND POLITICS OF THE SIXTIES. Beginning in 1948, television revolutionized popular culture, eclipsing radio, motion pictures, newspapers, and magazines. At first, most TVs were purchased by taverns and wealthy families, but by the early 1950's, prices declined and television ownership became common. Parents and young children were especially eager to acquire the new technology either as a form of in-house babysitting for the kids or evening relaxation for the exhausted adults. Airwaves were soon filled with visual versions of radio shows. ...read more.


His message of passive resistance was one that eventually changed all the entire face of the civil rights movement, but not without its doubters. Many African Americans believed that his stance was naive. Like Robert Williams, their notion of creating change was defending themselves, with guns if necessary. But King was not naive at all. He understood how to use passivity to his advantage and he used the medium of television to do it. His speeches, rallies, and marches were televised as was the brutality of whites on blacks. For example, the Freedom Riders rode on buses from state to state attempting to get blacks the freedom of inter-state travel and when they would get off these buses they would be beaten by whites. These events were chronicled on TV which resulted priceless pr for King and the Freedom Fighters . ...read more.


There was also the Manson "family" butchering of seven people in their homes, but there was some good news. At the end of the decade the nation had the opportunity to see the heroic episode of Neil Armstrong walking on the moon on live TV. These nation-changing events were all seen by the nation in the privacy of their own homes. The Sixties was a times filled with different men, women, and organizations fighting for change, but perhaps the most important character actor in the Sixties was the television. The TV grew up in the Sixties. It brought the controversy that was taking place around the nation and gave Americans no choice but to notice. Martin Luther King would not have been able accomplish what he did without TV, nor would have the assassination of JFK have been as painful as it was. The TV was used for the political, current, shocking, and world changing events and its growth changed the world forever. ...read more.

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