Name: Nicholas L Bomber
Approved Essay Title: History of American Television or Motion Picture
Subtopic 1): historical development of the medium
Description of the concrete Experience: I have lived with the television and watched it since I was very young. I can attest to the fact that it is has been the greatest and most influential invention of the 20th century with the exception of the internet. My parents have been changing the television sets since they bought the first one in the 1970’s. Its development has really played a great role in most people lives. The quality of what is being aired on the television has really developed since the medium ...view middle of the document...
I believe that the television provides a relatively restricted set of choices for a virtually unrestricted variety of interest and publics. Most of the programs being aired on the television today are designed to be watched by nearly everyone in a non-selective manner. The development of this medium has created a very being interest for it since it is a both a source of entertainment and an educational medium. The television is the only medium that has provided me with an environment into which I was born in.
Testing and application: I pay cable television because it offers a variety of programs to choose from. I believe that the television is still in the process of developing and our children will use different sets form the ones we are using now. I can also predict that the near future will bring forth the wireless television where by the aired content and the graphics used will be of very high quality.
Subtopic 2): Role of the medium as an expression of the storytelling tradition
Description of the concrete Experience: We all live in world that is created by the stories we tell. I know that most of what I know and think about was not acquired through personal experiences but I learned it through the stories I hear of, see on the television and sometimes read. As my grandmother told me last month they used to tell each other stories since it was their only way of passing time during their free time. She also told me that story telling has adapted to each successive medium that has been introduced, form the circle of the campfire to the silver screen and now to the computer screen. Now the television tells the stories of others which is a little bit the same as what I was told by my grandmother. The only difference is that, I am a passive audience and the television is not an audience it is the story teller. The television tells me stories inform of movies, advertisements and the news. Many of the movies aired by the television today are inspired by the true stories of the past. I was not there when some of the historic things happened but I can tell about them just from watching them on the television. I watched the movie: Lincoln in the year 2012. I was able to relate what was being told in the movie and what happen. This movie covers the last four months of Abraham Lincoln’s life placing a lot of focus on his efforts as a president in January 1865 to have the thirteenth amendment of the constitution of the United States passed by the House of Representatives. All the actors of the movie and the directors of the movie helped to tell the movie as it was. It was very inspiring to see the legislative and presidential processes as they were in the early days. The movie gave me a ring of authenticity and research that it had me scrambling for the history books in the library to see and check on the things I did not know of. The television gave me the true accounts of what happened in 1865 an year when even my grandmother who is...