FUTURE TELEVISION: HOW TELEVISION HAS CHANGED OVER TIME

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“Where are we going?”


it sure has changed

From when my mother was a child, to me, to now; television has changed a lot over the past 50 years. When my mother was young she said there only a few channels on television because so much was on the radio. But when I became a child, there were well over 100 hundred, plus the emergence of the internet. But today, there is so much programming that we have to catch everything on our phones or tablets. Now, if you missed your favorite show, who cares, you can watch it on your portable device. And that is the full change of television. Which is why purchasing a T.V. is so cheap today.

where are we going

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Imagine a world where no matter where you go, you put on your glasses, press a button, and out pops the screen. You can literally watch a movie that no one else is seeing but you. Your boring subway commute or that long time spent in a traffic jam won’t be so bad after all. Ok, ok, maybe not driving your car unless you’re a passenger, but you get where I’m going. The ability to stay connected might actually boost the ratings for television shows. Because we think a television is an actually product for watching moving images, but television is a telecommunication medium. That is a very wide range of meanings.

impersonal or more personal

People seem to think that there is a lost of connection the more digital we become. When in reality, we are becoming more connected as a species. Especially if the augmented reality and virtual reality starts to get better and better. We will find ourselves in a type of world that we live out our dreams as an escape from the daily grind. We’re always looking fora distraction from the hardships of life. Augmented reality will become a great medium for entertainment, while virtual reality will become a great place for getting away. Imagine a virtual world of lying on the beach. You can take a vacation to a place you might be able to afford, but can enjoy it.


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ATTENTION SPAN: WHY IT’S SO HARD TO FOCUS ON ONE MEDIUM AT A TIME

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“From one device to the next.”


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As I am writing this article about the attention span of people viewing entertainment, I am currently on multiple devices myself. Why is it, that we cannot focus on one thing at a time? Especially when we are watching or listening to something entertaining. Since coming into the computer lab this morning I have been listening to my music, a two radio shows, and scrolling through my Instagram feed.

fighting for sustainability

It used to be in the past you waited all week for a certain television show to come on. Now, once the show goes off, you almost forget about the show until late in the week for the next episode. And with the limited amount of episodes you get in today’s society, I’m surprised anyone has a career in entertainment. Television shows give you about ten to fifteen episodes, then you wait a year for season two.

That can be dangerous because your viewers are inundated with so much media over a year, they tend to forget about your show. Now they have to binge watch to catch up on what’s going on. So, television shows and even movies that are good in quality lose out because they are just not giving the people enough.

giving more

You may have to start giving more to the people so they remember what it is you do. The traditional ten to fifteen episodes of television, and shorter films won’t cut it. You may have to prolong the entertainment, and make each seen worth viewing. Also, give people the ability to jump past advertisers, especially on television.

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Why, well there are so many platforms with this ability already. You can skip past advertisements on YouTube. Or if you can’t, the add is typically shorter, 10 – 15 seconds.

not even past type 1

There is a scale for civilizations called, The Kardashev Scale. And this scale measures the ability of a civilization to communicate based on energy. We are currently a Type 1 civilization. And that’s what’s scary is that we are only Type 1. And the reason being is because you look at the leaps and bounds of man already which is impressive.

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So with that said, what will be the overload of information in the next 100 years, 1000 years, and so on. What today has our attention, that will be seen as slow in the future?


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REALITY FICTION: HOW REALITY TELEVISION IS RUINING ENTERTAINMENT

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“I can do what they do.”


We are constantly being introduced to some new reality television show. No matter if the show revolves around married couples to game shows with cash prizes. They are spread throughout every aspect of mass media. We patronize them on a daily; regular people in regular situations, with usually some end goal. And that is the just of why we are supposed to watch them. But over time, a lot of that has changed. And now you’re seeing people watch some of these shows as a means to observe conflict. But if your life going great, why would you be interested in consistent conflict. Oh, and trust and believe, a lot of these people’s lives are far from this interesting. But music, mixed with cutaways and fades on top of the action, you feel like you’re in the room with the people. The only problem is, do they possess talent.

Because we have always had some form of reality television. People today say they are sick of reality television, but game shows are a form of reality television. And who does not like a round of Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, and The Price Is Right. Image result for keeping up with the kardashians castBut we don’t view them as reality television because we are not supposed to be under the illusion that they are entertaining us. But when people say they are sick of reality television, they mean the sitcom shows based around friends and families. The shows like: The Real Housewives, Basketball Wives, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, and Honey Boo Boo. Yet no one is forcing you to watch any of these shows. I myself am not a fan of any of these shows, so I just don’t watch them. But there is a segment of the population who watch just to be upset.

I’m not part of that segment, but I do agree that reality T.V. is hurting entertainment. Because now anybody whose anybody says, “Oh they have a show, I know I can be on television.” And the underlying problem with this, is that when entertainment was seen as this beautiful untouchable industry, we loved it. I thought you had to get on a spaceship and fly to some faraway world to be in the entertainment industry. But since the entertainment industry entertain these non-celebrity famous faces, the lure is gone. If all it takes now is to put your family on T.V. with some controversy to make money, people feel they can make it. The underlying problem with that is with each of these shows a family is broken apart. Why, well because you never put your life on a public display like television or the internet for mass consumption.

It’s because things that go on inside your homes, behind closed doors are what keep families together. The moment society can see your relationships, your life is open to public scrutiny. And since there is a constant barrage of attacks, for which you are not ready for, you crumble to the pressure. Image result for housewives of orange countyAnd funny I used the words, “ready for.” Because famous actors, directors, musicians, and even athletes have a planning process. They planned this career and are prepared for what comes with it. Reality personalities are not ready to deal with everyone in their business. They see dollars and also fame like fame is this easy road. Average people look at fame as a cake walk until photographers start publicly putting out images of you in bathing suit questioning your physic. That’s when the whole entire house comes crashing down on them. Yet still, I don’t see reality T.V. slowing down.

In the end, you look at a situation like the Kardashians-Jenners, who people thought would be a fly by night family. Now, they are running businesses that are valued collectively at $1 billion. Still, no matter how you view them, these shows are not only here to stay, but changing what is entertainment. Which in return begins to devalue the work of so many accomplished artists in the entertainment business who have put in years of work.


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REALITY WORLD: WHY ARE PEOPLE SO FIXATED

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“Calm down people, you’re just watching people live their lives.”


I have always tried understanding what is it about reality television that makes people patronize it so much. You’re not watching a real television series where actors are skilled at their craft. And you’re watching a show where people are placed in situations for bad things to happen. It is considered assisted reality. But I don’t get anything from it myself. I have tried watching and can’t find anything that I like personally. But for some reason, women especially, love reality television shows. So I have tried to come up with a few reasons as to why this might be so. And they are on the border of disturbing and confusing.

The disturbing reason why I feel that people watch reality television falls under two equations. One equation has to do with the idea that people may like watching regular people who are just as screwed up as themselves. My world is not perfect so watching this show makes me feel better about myself and my situation. Another equation has to do with people who appear to have these lavish lifestyles, but lives are out of order. It makes people say to themselves, “Wow, I see rich folks are just as crazy as poor folks.” The reality about this is that they don’t have these interesting lives. It is assisted to make you think they do. But are there other reasons people watch so ritualistically.

Another reason I came up with for the patronizing of reality television shows is the voyeuristic aspect of watching the show. Watching something that you feel you shouldn’t be watching. You sit at home in your living room looking at the screen thinking to yourself. “I shouldn’t be watching this right now, but it’s too good to stop now.” It sounds very predatory, but it’s the same reason people have a love for amateur pornography. That’s not to say that people who watch reality television is of perverted nature. It’s just that we love looking on at something that is taboo or persona non-grada. And we turn it off thinking to ourselves we got away with viewing something no one thought we would enjoy. Yet when others tell us they like it as well, we open up and enjoy as a community.

In the end, I don’t see the trend of reality shows slowing down anytime soon. Every year there’s some new show popping up. The popular ones are the wives and girlfriends of professional athletes. These are people that for the longest, lived their lives in a way that very few of us knew about. But now their house doors are open. Only problem is that there has been a divorce on each of these reality shows. Why, because you don’t bring cameras into your marriage. And the aspect of fame has popped into the equation as well. Whatever it is, people tune in and can’t wait until the next season of whatever show they are watching.


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