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Effects of Mass Media Worksheet
Write brief 250-to 300-word answers to each of the following:
What were the major developments in the evolution of mass media during the 20th century?
| The major developments of mass media in the 20th century were Morse code, television, radio’s, newspapers, and the telephone. When Morse code came to be, it was the fastest way to send a message across great distances. Many people had learned Morse code to be able to deliver these messages as a telegram. After Morse code was the telephone. The telephone made it even easier to call someone and talk to them instead of waiting for an answer via telegram (Morse code) or by letter. This later led to the creation of cell phones. Before the invention of the television there was the radio. This was one of the main forms of entertainment. There was music that played on the radio but it was mainly talk shows and stores that were read over the radio. Newspapers have been around for a long time, they were the only way to communicate with the community as a whole. Television is what changed everything. At first the television was black and white and not owned by the larger public, only those with money could afford the technology. Once it became affordable for more families to have it was a source for the news. For a long time television programming was only offered by three major companies ABC, CBS, and NBC. Not long after there was the invention of the colored television. Then came the computer, which was too large to fit into any household and was mostly used by the government. After that came the Apple computer, this was still large, but was made for the household. Ever since there has been a new version of the television and computer. They have come a long way. First getting smaller and then having larger viewing screens such as plasma and flat panels.
| How did each development influence American culture?
| With the invention...
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