Evolution on Entertainment


From gladiator battles in the blood-stained arena, to riding unicorns in the mystical lands of paperback books, comes the entertainment of this generation. Through televisions, video games, and the new found internet, unveils the countless hours of today’s entertainment. But how did these come about? Thanks to Philo Farnsworth, Vint Cerf, Ralph Baer, and a few other ingenious inventors these gadgets seemingly appeared out of thin air.

Main Ideas

The radio evolved into the television where sounds can paired with moving pictures on a square screen. Philo Taylor Farnsworth created the first television that was presented on September 7, 1927, and depicted “a simple back and forth motion of plowing a field” (Schatzkin). Then different types of TVs came out, ranging from plasma to LCDs. As televisions were getting increasingly popular, more and more homes started to own one. This revolutionized the entertainment period as it became apparent that televisions were going to just rise in popularity, with almost every household today owning one.

Something new gets introduced, video games. They allow interactive designs to engage the user into its world. Such as utilizing a controller, or even putting on a helmet to enter a virtual world. From eye appealing graphics to enhanced hardware in the consoles, the video game world is ever changing. It all started in the summer of 1966 as Ralph Baer came up with an idea to use a TV set to play video games. From there things started to snowball into what we have today. The Magnavox Odyssey was the first ever video game console to be released for sale. Then other businesses saw the potential video games had, so Atari, Nintendo, Microsoft, Sony, and many others created newer and better consoles. Today we have the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and the master race of video gaming, the PC.

Probably one of the most popular time waster would be the Internet. The Internet has all of one’s favorites, such as: Instagram, Twitter, Reddit, etc. Without the internet, information wouldn’t have spread as quickly, it would be a lot more difficult to communicate with others from across seas. The internet is just one giant network of people that are connected. Tim Berners-Lee is known for being the father of the World Wide Web. Along with the help of Vinton Cerf, who “begun co-designing and co-developing the protocols and structure of what became the Internet” (Bellis). The Internet then led to new companies forming. The companies then created search engines, web browsers, and social media.


From the various different ways to entertain ourselves, the technology that is used today can create even more opportunities to pass the time. These entertainment systems provide countless hours of enjoyment. Whether watching a great show, playing a video game, or browsing the web, there are countless ways to enjoy ourselves these days. However, without any of the people who created these systems, the world may still be enjoying themselves with sticks and stones.

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