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Things That Are Neat: Television!

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Sometimes, people take for granted a lot of things; they’ve been around them so much they’re used to them and don’t see the magic in them and may even grow to hate them; TV seems to be square in this category. But think about it for a bit; TV’s grandfather, radio, is a box that pulls signal out of the air and converts it into sound. Sound that was sent to you from a long ways away! Stuff you couldn’t just hear without it; stuff that you wouldn’t even be able to hear even faintly without any sort of receiver. Like, if it was just some guy yelling where the transmitter is, you wouldn’t have any idea what he was yelling about, or that he was even yelling — but with a radio, you can find out that he’s there, he’s yelling, and what exactly he’s yelling about.
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Book Review: The Box: An Oral History of Television, 1929-1961

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Jeff Kisseloff’s The Box: An Oral History Of Television 1929-1961 is an interesting read on the early days of everyone’s favorite box with pictures — or at least, everyone’s favorite for a while. Kisseloff goes from the early experiments with TV and the invention of — not to mention RCA’s attempts to squash Philo T. Farnsworth, the inventor, since they’d been working on a version too. In these early chapters, Kisseloff strikes a good balance between giving the proper scientific background of how the various attempts at television worked without being too dry and technical that it sails over people’s heads.

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