As television and cable change their shape and size, do they remain the dominant way our culture tells stories?
Television and cable do remain the dominant way our culture tells stories. “Television remains the mass medium that can reach most of us at a sing moment in time” (Campbell, Martin, & Fabos, 2015). Television provides a place where people can watch special events live including everything from sporting events to national disasters. An example of this is President Trump’s rally in Florida yesterday was streamed live.
Today, television remains the main place, whether it’s the big LED screen or the handheld smartphone, where we go for stories. In what ways do you think this will change or remain the case in the future?
As seen above in this photo, there are many devices that people can watch television on but “according to Nielsen’s 2014 “Digital Consumer” report, 84 percent of smartphone and tablet owners said they used those devices as an additional screen while watching television.”(Campbell, Martin, & Fabos, 2015). This basically means that people are viewing more than one source of media at the same time and they are doing this very often. This is obviously a change from how things used to be. Maybe this means that people will be taking in more information from the media in the future.
Where do you prefer to get your stories?
As shown above, I like to watch Netflix. Since I’m not at home much to keep up with shows when they are shown on regular TV, I can watch shows at my convenience. The only disadvantage is that Netflix doesn’t offer current seasons so I will have to go on the internet and watch shows on the website of the network.
How do you think new technologies will further change T.V. viewing habits?
In 2012 the average daily household television viewing time was 7 hours, it is now over 8 (Campbell, Martin, & Fabos, 2015). This is a direct effect of new technologies and how the advancements have increased ability to watch more. I think this will continue to grow as more technology develops.
Campbell, R., Martin, C. R., & Fabos, B. (2015). Media & culture: mass communication in a digital age. Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martins.