In the early 1940s a Mexican scientist named Guillermo Gonzalez Camarena created a color television system some considered better than any American system at the time. His work made it possible in the 1970s for NASA to transmit color photos of Jupiter from the Voyager satellite.
Cher was the first woman to regularly display her belly button on television, becoming the first woman to do so in front of a live studio audience in 1971. Cher once commented, “There were so many things that were censored—ideas and words. All I know is I got in trouble for showing my belly button.” People magazine dubbed Cher “Pioneer of the Belly Beautiful”.
“Channel drift” is a term used to describe when a TV channel loses it’s original purpose. (The Learning Channel showing Here Comes Honey Boo Boo)
Within 3 years of TV catching on in Fiji in 1995, over 11% of girls reported purging to lose weight in a country previously free of eating disorders. In 2007 the same researcher organized a sample study group and reported a startling increase in this number, to 45%. Along with this, came the ideation of “rich, cosmopolitan” lives, and an overall increase in mental health issues.
In 1939 the New York Times predicted that the television would fail because the average American family would not have enough time to sit around watching it.
A hot-air balloon crashed into a power line in Ruthwell, Scotland, interrupting the movie being shown on local television: Around the World in 80 Days… about a voyage in a hot-air balloon.