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The Influence of TV

In 1925, the Scottish inventor John L. Baird was able to first transmit recognizable human features by television. By 1938, there were only about 30,000 television sets in existence in the United States of which over 20,000 were in New York City (in the same year, there were almost 2 million radios in Great Britain alone!). But, by the 1950s, television was rapidly becoming a staple in most U.S. household and was gaining ground in other countries too.

Today, television can be found almost everywhere there is electricity. Television has become a major source of entertainment, news, and other information, for several billion people worldwide.

Much has been written about this remarkable invention and the role it has played in social history of the 20th Century. Most importantly, television news has become a worldwide phenomenon through news organizations such as Cable News Network (CNN), and other public and private networks.

Articles have been written about the impact of television on world affairs, elections, wars (remember the Viet Nam War?), revolutions (e.g., overthrow of communism in Eastern Europe), and other historical events.

For this solution: find an article that discusses influence of television on world affairs, elections, wars, society, etc. Review the article and submit your review. Remember to cite the author, source and date of the article.

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Dear Student,
Hello. If you have any questions you can leave feedback or use the listed references for expansion. This article is both sociological and historiographical and I believe quite shows the relevance of TV to society. Good luck with your studies and happy holidays.

Sincerely,
OTA 105878/Xenia Jones
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Television & Social Drama: Irish Society on TV

Main Article - 'Story, Myth, Dream and Drama', Chapter 1 of Irish Television Drama: A Society and Its Stories
Author - Dr Helena Sheehan, Dublin City University
Year - 2001
Weblink - http://webpages.dcu.ie/~sheehanh/myth.htm

Sheehan lectures on Irish social history and one of her interests is looking into the relationship of Irish TV , especially TV dramas as it relates to, speaks for and about the Irish society. This is strictly not your regular article for it is considered the first chapter in a module she wrote on the subject of Irish TV & Irish Social History therefore as expected it is academically presented with university students, both graduate and postgraduate being the article's target audience. It is also rather lengthy but with good reason - it is an essential historiographic and socio-cultural analysis of Irish TV and Irish culture. This review is by no means encompassing for it looks at what this student sees as essential aspects to Sheehan's writing. I shall begin with Sheehan's acknowledgement of TV as that essential medium that becomes the platform from which human drama is played out - conflict, discourse, attitudes, challenges, needs, emotions, events, politics, beauty, world events, etc. The drama plays out in the news, in the shows but for Sheehan, this is most especially extended, expounded and even exaggerated in TV drama shows (i.e. soaps, TV series), raising, creating and expounding on myth, legends and imaginings based on human experience. She writes (2001),

"To a considerable extent, we interpret the world, ourselves and other people through stories. We are continually perceiving, describing and detailing with new people and new situations through remembered images from past stories. We are constantly exposed to new stories, varying types of stories, conflicting stories. Much cognitive and emotive activity is ...

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The solution reviews the article of Dr Helena Sheehan of Dublin City University entitled "Story, Myth, Dream and Drama", Chapter 1 of the book 'Irish Television Drama: A Society and Its Stories'. The article looks at the influence of Irish TV on society and she links this to the Irish experience and Irish social history. References are listed. A word ve3rsion is attached for easy printing.

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