On World Television Day, say thank you to your Idiot Box
In this age of information when you can access anything on your palm, there’s one ubiquitous device in our homes without which life seems incomplete. Television has become a part of our day-to-day life. We may watch TV or may ignore it, but we can’t live without it. No doubt, that there’s a day to celebrate this invention, and its power. World Television Day is celebrated across the world on November 21. As per the United Nations, television continues to be the single largest source of video consumption. It is estimated that the number of TV households across the world will rise from 1.63 million in 2017 to 1.74 billion by 2023. World Television Day stands as a reminder of the power of visual media and how it helps in shaping public opinion and influencing world politics.
Let’s know a bit more about this…
- The first World Television Forum took place on November 21 in 1996 and the United Nations General Assembly chose this day to mark World Television Day. This day is to raise awareness among people about the role television plays in communication and globalisation.
- In 1926, Scottish engineer John Logie Baird made the first mechanical television, which was able to transmit pictures of objects in motion. He also demonstrated color television in 1928. In the year 1927, 21-year-old Philo Taylor Farnsworth invented the first electronic television in the world.
- The first real person on TV was not real! Television inventor Baird used a ventriloquist’s dummy to sit before the TV transmitter. Its name was Stooky Bill.
- The images on a TV screen refresh fast enough to appear as smooth motion to the human eye. It was only in the 1980s that remote was invented and people could change the channels sitting in their couches!
- British show Top Gear is the most watched television show in the world, with an estimated 350 million weekly viewers in 170 countries.
- Most people dream in color, but those that grew up watching black and white television often dream in black and white.
- American Children watch more deaths than an average person. Shockingly, it has been calculated that an American child watches 13,000 murders and deaths on Television between ages 5-14.
- Fred and Wilma from the cartoon The Flintstones are the first couples shown on the bed on prime time US TV.
- The longest-running talk show in the world is either Ireland’s Late Late Show, first broadcast in 1962, or The Tonight Show, which began in 1954.
- At this moment, the largest television in the world is the new curved UHD, 105 inch TV from Samsung.
- The inventor of the television would not let his own children watch TV. Farnsworth once said to his son “There’s nothing on it worthwhile, and we’re not going to watch it in this household, and I don’t want it in your intellectual diet.”